Monday, February 18, 2013

Larson wrecks Falk to take Battle at Beach win

   Kyle Larson wrecked C.E. Falk III coming out of Turn 4 on the final lap to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American race, the inaugural event in the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway on Monday night.

    Larson hit the back of Falk’s car once on the white flag lap which got Falk loose but he continued to lead. Larson then punted him out of the way to grab the race win. Ben Rhodes took second place while Falk wound up third.

   “This is a pretty big race and I wanted to be the first to win it,” Larson said.

    Falk, who attended UNC Charlotte, and Larson battled during the later stages of the race with Larson overtaking Falk in Turn 3 on lap 141. Falk regained the top spot on Lap 142 and held it until the rush for the checkered flag when the two cars made contact.

   “I think I got monster trucked at the end,” Falk said.

    The 150-lap race, which featured 29 drivers from 12 different U.S. states, saw nine caution flags.