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Battle at the Beach – Late Model Edition

Tuesday February 19, 2013


Kyle Larson wins first Battle at the Beach race.
Photo by Yvonne Leonard

The Late Model stocks have been a staple of NASCAR Short Track racing for some 30 years. It was appropriate that the first of the three races that will make up the Battle at the Beach would be the Late Model event. The best Late Model drivers in the country, including a national champion and five State Champions, comprised the field of 29 cars. After a race filled with fits and starts and very few green flag runs of more than five laps, the final 37 laps were green. CE Falk led 61 laps total and most of the last half of the race but, as he and Kyle Larson came to the checkered flag, Larson got under his back bumper coming off of turn four, hit him once, then picked him up and turned him into the infield to take the win. Falk stayed in the gas, spun around and rebounded to finish third behind Ben Rhodes. Anthony Anders put in a workman like effort to finish the race in fourth ahead of Deac McCaskill who rounded out the top five.

Kyle Larson used up the front of his car coming through the field and ultimately moving CE Falk to take the win.
Photo by Yvonne Leonard

The race started with Larson and Rhodes on the front row. Rhodes led for the first half of the race with Larson in second for a few restarts before Falk overtook him on a particularly bad restart for Larson. Falk held onto the second position and made a couple of very strong pushes to try and grab the lead before finally making a crossover maneuver after the halfway point to assume the point. He then led the race until lap 144 when Larson took the point away. Falk rebounded to reassume the lead one lap later and held it until the final corner when he was held up by a lapped car which allowed Larson to get to his bumper and turn him into the infield to grab the win.

Ben Rhodes scored the win in heat race number one, led 86 laps and ultimately came home in second.
Photo by Yvonne Leonard

Coleman Pressley was the fastest car in practice but struggled in his heat race and started the feature in 11th. He only completed 12 laps in the main event before he was sidelined with a mechanical failure. Austin Self got together with Jake Crum on lap 31 and both ended their race at that point. Matt Leicht had a incident shortened evening when he was part of a five car melee in turn three on lap 69. Nate Monteith had the most dramatic exit of the evening when his smoking car finally expired on lap 106 and burst into a fireball coming down the front straight. There were nine total caution periods for a total of 59 laps. There were three leaders who traded the lead four times. Rhodes led the first 87 laps of the event before surrendering the lead to Falk. Falk was on point for 62 laps, only giving up the top spot on lap 142 and the final lap.

CE Falk was poised to win the Whelen All-American portion of the Battle at the Beach until a lapped car slowed him in turn four and allowed Kyle Larson to get to his bumper and dump him.
Photo by Yvonne Leonard

Larson’s win is his first in the three races that he will compete in during the Battle at the Beach. He was 15th fastest in the K&N series practice on Monday and fastest in his first ever time in a Modified.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Battle at the Beach

2/18/2013 Race Results

1) 98 – Kyle Larson
2) 46 – Ben Rhodes
3) 40 – CE Falk III
4) 36 – Anthony Anders
5) 08 – Deac McCaskill
6) 83 – Matt Bowling
7) 1 – Lee Pulliam
8) 30 – Dalton Zehr
9) 7 – Brandon Rogers
10) 72 – Garrett Campbell
11) 81 – Rusty Skewes
12) 12 – Jared Marks
13) 28 – Tyler Audie
14) 15 – Trey Hutchens
15) 47 – Mike Looney
16) 22 – Tyler Howell
17) 0 – Jake Engle
18) 3 – Kaz Grala
19) 44 – Nate Monteith
20) 8 – Myatt Snyder
21) 2 – Trey Gibson
22) 71 – L.B. Skaggs
23) 21 – Matt Leicht
24) 89 – Adam Royle
25) 01 – Jake Crum
26) 07 – Austin Wayne Self
27) 4 – Mackena Bell
28) 59 – Coleman Pressley
29) 41 – Wes Falk

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