KAHNE CLAIMS CHECKERS AT DARLINGTON — Earns Third Career Truck Win in Four Starts
|KAHNE CLAIMS CHECKERS AT DARLINGTON — Earns Third Career Truck Win in Four Starts|
DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 12, 2011) — Kasey Kahne earned his first victory driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win of his career Saturday night at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway.
Kahne started second in the KBM No. 18 Toyota Tundra and led 95 (of 147) laps at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval to earn his third career NCWTS win in only four career starts.
“I came here this weekend wanting to win — that was the plan,” said Kahne, following the race. “This is a tough series. These guys do an awesome job and that restart there with Todd (Bodine) — our truck was really good once I could get rolling. He tried to get me all the way up to the wall and I think he got himself loose by trying to squish me into the wall. We had a good run down the back and some good laps after that. It was a solid run. I have to thank Kyle Busch for letting me drive this thing and this whole team.”
Kahne battled with fellow Tundra driver Todd Bodine in the closing laps of the race and would restart alongside of him with only three laps remaining. When both drivers spun their tires it allowed Ron Hornaday Jr. to get into the mix for the race win. Kahne was able to keep control of his Tundra and pull away to give Toyota its 83rd win (in 178 races) since entering the series in 2004.
“I actually spun the tires a little and I short-shifted to third and that gave Todd (Bodine) just a little bit of a run on me there, so I gave him back that inside,” said Kahne, following the race. “From there I just had to stay in it and keep the momentum off of turn two. We were able to do that and kind of drive away after that. It was close through one and two. It was a good finish there. This is a great race track, great race team and I’m glad I was able to come here this off weekend and have a lot of fun driving the truck.”
Tundra drivers Bodine (third), Timothy Peters (sixth) and David Starr (10th) also earned top-10 finishes in Saturday night’s race.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Justin Lofton (13th), Travis Kvapil (17th), Max Papis (18th), Craig Goess (19th), Dusty Davis (21st), Brendan Gaughan (25th), Miguel Paludo (27th), Tayler Malsam (29th), Johanna Long (31st) and Justin Johnson (35th).
The NCWTS has two weeks off before returning to action at Martinsville Speedway, April 2. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series return to action next weekend at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.
Toyota NCWTS Driver Finishing Positions — at Darlington Raceway
Toyota Drivers in NCWTS Point Standings — following Darlington Raceway
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