first_imgDoug McComb won the first two NASCAR Late Model races of the year at Irwindale Speedway. But Valencia’s Chris Carmody said all he needed was to start ahead of McComb to have a shot at winning a race himself. He got that chance a couple of weeks ago and won the first race of his career in the Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway. Carmody, driving one of four cars for Tim Huddleton’s High Point Racing team, started third and finished 1.685 seconds ahead of second-place Richie Altman. Huddleston ended up 13th and the other High Point Racing driver, Scott Jenkins, completed only 20 laps of the 50-lap race and finished 26th. Carmody said he knows he has some ground to make up if he wants to catch McComb in the standings. “But I know I got a good enough team to win the championship,” Carmody said. In addition to winning the Late Model race at Irwindale Speedway April 28, he and Meier were in a Late Model race at the Bullring in Las Vegas last weekend. Meier won that race, with Carmody coming in second. It only increased Meier and Carmody’s confidence in their teams. Carmody is driving one of the oldest cars in the Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway. It’s the car Huddleston raced in 2004 and won four races. If he learned anything from his first win, Carmody said, it’s that all the cars at High Point Racing are strong. “Now I know that all my teammates are fast,” Carmody said. “It’s going to be hard to get by them.” The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks are scheduled to race at Irwindale Speedway tonight. Bryan Harrell of Riverside leads the Super Stock standings. Rich DeLong III of Newhall is 13th in the Super Stock standings. Tyler Rogers of Riverside leads the Mini Stock standings. Jeff Elder of Redlands leads the Pure Stocks standings. Dennis Ivarsson of Saugus is 15th in the Pure Stocks standings. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. [email protected] (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The win put Carmody in fourth place in the track’s Late Model standings and 32 points behind McComb, the division leader. Carmody will get a chance to narrow the gap even more at Irwindale Speedway tonight. Three of the drivers for High Point Racing started first, second and third in the race. At one point, Carmody said all three of his teammates were ahead of him in the race. “I had all three of my teammates in front of me,” said Carmody, a Saugus High graduate. “I knew I had to stay smooth and race them all a little cleaner.” Jace Meier turned out to be Carmody’s strongest challenge, but he ran into mechanical problems near the end of the race and fell to 10th. last_img read more