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Race For NASCAR Super Trucks Championship Tightens At Irwindale

news_sportsPat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill won the NASCAR Super Trucks race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night and gave himself a little breathing room atop the Super Trucks standings at the track.

Mintey, the reigning Super Trucks champion, has a 10-point lead over R.J. Johnson of Canyon Country with two races remaining.

Mintey won his fourth race of the season and his first since July 25. Johnson has six wins in the Super Trucks division and won three in a row in June. His last win came on Sept. 5.

Valencia's Joe Anderson was seventh and Canyon Country's John Watkinson was 11th in the 17-truck field.

In other races, Travis Irving, a driver from Corona, won a pair of NASCAR Late Model races at the track. Valencia's Connor Cantrell had some trouble in both races. He was 21st in one race and 24th in the other.

Rich DeLong III of Santa Clarita was fifth in the NASCAR Super Stocks race. Larry Cerquettini of Redlands won the race, his eighth of the season.

Cerquettini opened the season with seven wins in a row. His win Saturday night was his first since July 18.

DeLong, winner of two Super Stocks races this year, is third in the Super Stocks standings at the track, 36 points behind Cerquettini.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for recaps of all the races at Irwindale.