Kyle Larson wins Saturday night Winter Heat Showdown sprint car feature

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson earned a victory Saturday night in the Winter Heat Showdown sprint car feature at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. 

Robert Laberge

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson went to Victory Lane Saturday night in the Winter Heat Showdown sprint car feature at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz. The victory came on the second of a five-night series of events at the 3/8-mile dirt track. 

Larson took the lead from pole sitter Aaron Reutzel after he suffered a mechanical issue. It was not smooth sailing after that, however. Larson had to battle with sprint car veterans Stevie Smith and Danny Lasoski for the victory. 

The win came in Larson’s second winged sprint car start since 2013. Luckily, his new son Owen was able to watch his father score the win from the comfort of his N.C. home. 

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Larson’s dramatic win caught the attention of some of his NASCAR competitors, also watching the livestream of the event. 

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne finished 11th in Saturday night’s feature, but will take part in the rest of the week’s events. 

The Winter Heat Showdown continues on Tuesday, then resumes Jan. 9-10. Larson will not compete in the weekend’s races due to Rolex 24 at Daytona testing. 

Check out Larson’s winning drive at Cocopah Speedway in the video below: