DAYTONA BECH, Fla. — Kyle Larson found a new way to win a race Monday night at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
The open-wheel standout turned stock car racer drove a battered and bruised late model to victory in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series portion of the inaugural UNOH Battle of the Beach.
Larson was running second with the checkered flag in the air when he punted leader C.E. Falk out of the way and drove to the $15,000 triumph.
“This is a pretty big race and I wanted to be the first to win it,” Larson said.
Larson, who finished second in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series event on the superspeedway at Daytona Int’l Speedway, won a USAC midget race at nearby New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday night.
Larson will also compete in both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and K&N Pro Series races on Tuesday night at the temporary four-tenths-mile track on the backstretch at Daytona.
Larson’s teammate, Ben Rhodes, who led the majority of the caution-plagued 150-lap event, finished second, while Falk recovered from his last-corner spin to finish third.
“I think I got monster trucked at the end,” Falk said.
Larson’s No. 98 was heavily damaged on the front end while battling Rhodes for second during the closing laps of the race. Still, he managed to pass Rhodes for the position and track down Falk. Larson took the lead from Falk with eight laps to go, only to have Falk regain the spot one lap later.
He rode second until bumping the leader heading to the checkered flag.
Anthony Anders and Deac McCaskill rounded out the top five.