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Larson Spins Falk to Win Late Model Battle

Posted By Tj Ingerson On February 18, 2013

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Kyle Larson celebrates his UNOH Battle at the Beach Late Model win at Daytona International Speedway. (Getty Images for NASCAR photo)PHOTO: Kyle Larson celebrates his UNOH Battle at the Beach Late Model win at Daytona International Speedway. (Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

--by T.J. Ingerson (@TJIngerson)

Kyle Larson turned C.E. Falk, III as the two raced toward the checkered flag to claim the checkered flag in the 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

The Elk Grove, Calif., driver ran second to Falk as they crossed under the white flag, and it appeared Falk was on his way to grab the biggest win of his racing career. But, Larson hit the rear bumper of Falk’s car as they exited turn four, and then spun him to the inside of the track to grab the win.

“I knew I had one more shot getting into (turn) three and off of (turn) four, and got into the back of (Falk) and turned him around,” Larson told SiriusXM’s Manifold Desnity. “Not the way I want to win, but that’s short track racing.”

“Pretty much anything goes there,” Larson said in his post-race media session. “It was dirty and I did rough him up.”

Falk was able to regain control of his No. 40 Toyota, but fell to the third position in the process. Larson’s teammate, Ben Rhodes of Louisville, Ky., claimed the runner-up position.

“If you hit someone once, it’s fair game, and you need to hold on,” Falk said in his post-race media session. “But when you hit someone twice or repeatedly, it’s a rotten deal.”

Anthony Anders of Easley, S.C., finished fourth while Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C., finished fifth. Matt Bowling, national champion Lee Pulliam, Dalton Zehr, Brandon Rogers, and Garrett Campbell completed the unofficial top-ten finishers.

The 150-lap event was marred by nine caution flags for multiple incidents. Polesitter Rhodes led the first 87 laps before he gave way to Falk. Falk led until he traded the lead with Larson on lap 142 and 143.

The UNOH Battle at the Beach will continue Tuesday night for a 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event and a 150-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. The Modified race will begin at 7:00pm.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS -- UNOH Battle at the Beach
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series -- Daytona Int’l Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Monday, February 18, 2013


1. (2) Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif.
2. (1) Ben Rhodes, Louisville, Ky.
3. (6) C.E. Falk, III, Virginia Beach, Va.
4. (4) Anthony Anders, Easley, S.C.
5. (17) Deac McCaskill, Raleigh, N.C.
6. (29) Matt Bowling, Ridgeway, Va.
7. (9) Lee Pulliam, Semora, N.C.
8. (20) Dalton Zehr, Daytona Beach, Fla.
9. (19) Brandon Rogers, Canton, N.C.
10. (13) Garrett Campbell, Asheboro, N.C.
11. (21) Rusty Skewes, Bluefield, Va.
12. (22) Jared Marks, Napoleon, Ohio
13. (28) Tyler Audie, Orlando, Fla.
14. (23) Trey Hutchens, Winston-Salem, N.C.
15. (8) Mike Looney, New Castle, Va.
16. (25) Tyler Howell, Florence, S.C.
17. (10) Jake Engle, Mooresville, N.C.
18. (7) Kaz Grala, Westborough, Mass.
19. (16) Nate Monteith, Blountville, Tenn.
20. (5) Myatt Snider, Charlotte, N.C.
21. (3) Trey Gibson, Easley, S.C.
22. (14) L.B. Skaggs, Ft. Myers, Fla.
23. (12) Matt Leicht, Asheville, N.C.
24. (24) Adam Royle, Lonsdale, Minn.
25. (15) Jake Crum, Statesville, N.C.
26. (18) Austin Self, Austin, Texas
27. (26) Mackena Bell, Carson City, Nev.
28. (11) Coleman Pressley, Asheville, N.C.
29. (27) Wes Falk, Virginia Beach, Va.