Drivers Using Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown Wins to Springboard into Early Success

Drivers Using Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown Wins to Springboard into Early Success

Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (April 23, 2015) – The five drivers who scored a victory during the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown last January have used the offseason event at Cocopah Speedway to springboard themselves into the 2015 season.

Event champion Danny Lasoski, Paul McMahan, Aaron Reutzel, Steve Kinser and Kyle Larson have since combined to earn seven feature wins during the rain-plagued first part of the year.

Reutzel has captured five triumphs since making his first career start and recording his first win with a 410ci engine during the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. He currently leads the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship standings.

“It definitely gave us a lot of confidence going down there and running that good,” he said. “Confidence is everything in racing. Everyone’s stuff is so equal it comes down to confidence and a little luck.

“Being at such a phenomenal race track like (Cocopah Speedway) makes it pretty awesome. I’m definitely looking forward to going back.”

While Reutzel wrapped up the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown by garnering a monumental win, veteran Paul McMahan opened the event by dominating the first race. He has since powered to one win and nine top fives in 17 races on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series circuit.

NASCAR star Kyle Larson, who claimed Night 2 of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown in thrilling fashion, has recorded a trio of top 10s in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition while Steve Kinser, who won the midweek Winter Heat race, has earned a World of Outlaws podium result and a top 10 during the inaugural National Sprint League race.

Lasoski, who used a last-lap pass to pick up the victory during the fourth Winter Heat race, has also produced great results following the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. He won an NCRA race, has three top-five finishes in six World of Outlaws races, placed sixth during the National Sprint League opener and maneuvered to four runner-up results.

“The Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown gave me the opportunity to stay sharp throughout the offseason,” he said. “It definitely bridged the gap between the end of the 2014 season and 2015. I think the event was a huge success and will continue to grow each year.”

The second edition of the 410ci sprint car event will be held at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9, 2016, and will feature the same purse of approximately $250,000. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start with the midweek race providing $5,000 to the winner.

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Dates: Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9, 2016

Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.

Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 1-2, 8-9); $5,000-to-win (Jan. 5); approximately $250,000 total prize money

Type: 410ci sprint cars






The 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two weeks of January in 2016. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.


Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton, Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping free of charge on the property. For more information, visit


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