Kasey Kahne wins NASCAR truck race at Darlington
Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:43:12 GMT — Kasey Kahne led 95 of 147 laps and cruised to a victory at the Too Tough To Tame 200 Camping World Series Truck race at Darlington on Saturday night. Kahne was the only full time Sprint Cup driver in the field and was the dominant car on the track from beginning to end. It was no surprise to see experience at the front of the field with veterans Ron Hornaday, Junior and Todd Bodine in 2nd and 3rd and points leader Matt Crafton in the 4th slot. 19-year old Cole Whitt won the pole and had a solid day, finishing in 8th. The race had 10 cautions, tying a race record. The hardest lick of the day came on lap 96 when Ricky Carmichael hit the wall and spun down towards the start finish line and collided with Johanna Long. That brought out a red flag. The 10th and final caution set up a three lap showdown as Kahne blew by Bodine and Hornaday for the win. The Top Ten 1. Kasey Kahne (#18) - $36,7252. Ron Hornaday, Jr. (#33)3. Todd Bodine (#30)4. Matt Crafton (#88)5. James Buescher (#31)6. Timothy Peters (#17)7. Elliott Sadler (#2)8. Cole Whitt (#60)9. Johnny Sauter (#13)10. David Starr (#81) Matt Crafton is the leader in the points with 111, Whitt is second just six points back. Clay Rogers, Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday round out the top 5. WPDE Sports Director Rich Chrampanis spent the day at the track and offers his take on the race: THE TRUCK MASTER Kasey Kahne has been in four truck races in his career. Give him three wins (two at Darlington) and a 2nd place finish in the other. YOUNG GUNS I thought that Kasey Kahne had the pole all wrapped up and then 19 year old Cole Whitt stole the show. Kahne said that he was impressed with the newcomers who were getting their first look at Darlington Raceway. 17 drivers came to the track for the very first time and 16 made the show. Todd Bodine and Matt Crafton took a lot of the youngsters out in a pace car early in the morning to give pointers on how to navigate around the tricky egg shaped oval. It was a great blend of future stars (Austin Dillon, Whitt), truck vets (Timothy Peters, Todd Bodine) and Cup level drivers (Kahne and Elliott Sadler). THE OLD DARLINGTON IS BACK? The drivers were talking about the track returning to its roots. With the new pavement now three years old, the track is starting to take on its old characterstics. That means tires going away quickly and a lot of slipping and sliding around the track. How long did it take for the first caution? Exactly one turn. The old standbys like "You have to race the racetrack" and "You have to take care of your tires" are back. Kahne confirmed in the post-race that it's almost back to the old days. FALCONS FLOCK TO MOSS The Darlington boys basketball team (3A state finalists) were the grand marshal for the race. They nearly missed out on the "Gentleman Start Your Engines" decree because the Falcons saw NFL wide receiver and Truck Team owner Randy Moss and ran his way to take a picture. Ken Howle was able to get his boys back and got the chance to get the festivities started.