Aaron Reutzel knew had the car to beat at the inaugural Winter Heat Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Arizona, but he had to wait until the final night to collect his first 410-Winged Sprint victory.

 

He led the first two nights but mechanical issues would put that first trip to victory lane on hold until the final night.

 

On Saturday night, he started on the front row with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kasey Kahne and made sure he didn’t leave Cocopah without a trophy to take back home to Clute, Texas along with a $12,000 check.

 

At the start, it was Reutzel who got the jump on Kahne going into turn one and pulled away to a comfortable lead.

 

Craig Dollansky started fourth and got by Kahne on lap three and started to chase down Reutzel for the lead.

 

Dollansky battled with Reutzel for the lead and got by him coming out of turn four on lap nine. But Reutzel wasn’t going to let Dollansky keep the top spot as he took back the lead a lap later and pulled away. Even though his front nose wing broke, it didn’t slow him down to the checkered flag.

 

“We have been chasing this car all week,” Reutzel said in his victory lane interview. “This is just a huge win for this team. We work hard to be out here, it takes everyone from my team to my family.   I have to thank Danny Lasoski, he has been teaching me a lot the last year.

 

“This is the biggest win in my career. To win in a 410, this is a dream come true just to drive them. Just to race with people like Dollansky, Lasoski, and Steve Kinser, McMahan and Saldana is awesome. I grew up watching them race and I look up to them. But to come out here and be competitive with them is great.”

 

As Reutzel would take the checkered flag, behind him David Gravel made a last lap pass on Dollansky to get the runner-up spot.

 

Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Kahne rounded out the top five.

 

Lasoski started 16th and drove up to a sixth place finish, which was enough for him to win the Winter Heat Showdown championship.

 

Paul McMahan was the point leader coming into the final night but finished ninth in the B-Main and missed advancing to the A-Main by one position.

 

“All of the thanks goes to the hard working guys on my crew,” Lasoski said. “To come out of here as the overall champion, it is just an honor and it is for those guys.”

 

Stevie Smith was second in the overall standing with Joey Saldana in third. McMahan and Roger Crockett rounded out the top five.

 

Earlier in the evening, it was announced that the Winter Heat Showdown will return in 2016 on January 1-2 and January 8-9 with each event paying $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start.

 

A Main (30 laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel (1); 2. 83-David Gravel (9); 3. 7-Craig Dollansky (4); 4. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (6); 5. 9-Kasey Kahne (2); 6. 33-Danny Lasoski (16); 7. 31b-Christopher Bell (5); 8. 51s-Stevie Smith (8); 9. 11k-Kraig Kinser (3); 10. 33v-Henry Van Dam (14); 11. 82-Dusty Zomer (18); 12. 11c-Roger Crockett (12); 13. 11-Steve Kinser (10); 14. 57-Dale Blaney (15); 15. 22-Mason Moore (7); 16. 24-Rico Abreu (19); 17. 26-Joey Saldana (13); 18. 77x-Wayne Johnson (20); 19. 21-Brian Brown (24); 20. 3c-Willie Croft (21); 21. 94-Ryan Smith (11); 22. 2l-Logan Forler (23); 23. 1a-Jacob Allen (22); 24. 1s-Logan Schuchart (17).

 

B Main (15 laps/8 transfer): 1. 1s-Logan Schuchart (1); 2. 82-Dusty Zomer (3); 3. 24-Rico Abreu (2); 4. 77x-Wayne Johnson (7); 5. 3c-Willie Croft (4); 6. 1a-Jacob Allen (5); 7. 2l-Logan Forler (6); 8. 21-Brian Brown (8); 9. 51-Paul McMahan (9); 10. 9r-Reece Goetz (13); 11. 88-Brandon Rahmer (10); 12. 99-Skylar Gee (14); 13. 88n-D.J. Netto (15); 14. 74x-Josh Hodges (11); 15. 98-Matt Jensen (16); 16. 5h-Dakota Hendrickson (12).

 

Heat Race 1 (8 laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel (2); 2. 33-Danny Lasoski (1); 3. 1s-Logan Schuchart (4); 4. 11c-Roger Crockett (6); 5. 3c-Willie Croft (3); 6. 77x-Wayne Johnson (5); 7. 74x-Josh Hodges (8); 8. 5h-Dakota Hendrickson (7).

 

Heat Race 2 (8 laps): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky (1); 2. 33v-Henry Van Dam (2); 3. 31b-Christopher Bell (3); 4. 82-Dusty Zomer (5); 5. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (4); 6. 9-Kasey Kahne (8); 7. 88n-D.J. Netto (7); 8. 99-Skylar Gee (6).

 

Heat Race 3 (8 laps): 1. 57-Dale Blaney (1); 2. 26-Joey Saldana (4); 3. 83-David Gravel (2); 4. 21-Brian Brown (3); 5. 94-Ryan Smith (6); 6. 11-Steve Kinser (7); 7. 88-Brandon Rahmer (5); 8. 51-Paul McMahan (8).

 

Heat Race 4 (8 laps): 1. 2l-Logan Forler (1); 2. 1a-Jacob Allen (2); 3. 51s-Stevie Smith (5); 4. 11k-Kraig Kinser (6); 5. 22-Mason Moore (4); 6. 24-Rico Abreu (7); 7. 9r-Reece Goetz (8); 8. 98-Matt Jensen (3).

 

Qualifier 1 (10 laps): 1. 11-Steve Kinser (1); 2. 94-Ryan Smith (2); 3. 51s-Stevie Smith (3); 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel (6); 5. 1s-Logan Schuchart (4); 6. 51-Paul McMahan (8); 7. 2l-Logan Forler (5); 8. 74x-Josh Hodges (7).

 

Qualifier 2 (10 laps): 1. 9-Kasey Kahne (2); 2. 24-Rico Abreu (1); 3. 83-David Gravel (3); 4. 11c-Roger Crockett (4); 5. 33v-Henry Van Dam (5); 6. 26-Joey Saldana (6); 7. 5h-Dakota Hendrickson (8); 8. 9r-Reece Goetz (7).

 

Qualifier 3 (10 laps): 1. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2); 2. 3c-Willie Croft (1); 3. 11k-Kraig Kinser (4); 4. 82-Dusty Zomer (3); 5. 7-Craig Dollansky (6); 6. 1a-Jacob Allen (5); 7. 99-Skylar Gee (8); 8. 88n-D.J. Netto (7).

 

Qualifier 4 (10 laps): 1. 22-Mason Moore (2); 2. 77x-Wayne Johnson (1); 3. 31b-Christopher Bell (4); 4. 21-Brian Brown (3); 5. 33-Danny Lasoski (5); 6. 57-Dale Blaney (6); 7. 88-Brandon Rahmer (7); 8. 98-Matt Jensen (8).

 

– Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Director of Business/Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell

 

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