Kahne dominant in truck win at Darlington|
Darlington, SC (Sports Network) - Kasey Kahne is now 2-for-2 in Camping World
Truck Series racing at Darlington Raceway.
Kahne, a Sprint Cup Series regular, put on a dominating performance but had to
hold off truck champions Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday Jr. in a three-lap
shootout to the finish to claim his second victory in his second start here.
Debris on the track forced a track-record tying 10th caution in the 200-mile
race. After the final restart, Bodine attempted to pass Kahne for the lead but
nearly made contact with the wall. That allowed Kahne to pull away and easily
cruise to his third truck win in just four starts. He finished second in his
most recent truck appearance last July at Pocono.
"I came here wanting to win this weekend; that was the plan," said Kahne, who
led 95 of 147 laps. "During that restart there with Todd, he tried to get me
all the way up to the wall, and then he got himself loose by getting so close
to my truck."
Kahne drove the No.18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Darlington. Busch,
who won the truck race at Phoenix two weeks ago, has been vacationing with
his wife, Samantha, in Cancun this week. Both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide
Series had the weekend off before heading to Bristol, TN for the first short-
track events of the season.
Hornaday, Jr., the four-time series champion, passed Bodine shortly after the
last restart and went on to finish second.
"I had a fifth-place truck, but I'll take second," Hornaday said.
Bodine, the two-time and defending truck titleholder, held on for third.
Bodine won this race last August.
"I got my truck hooked up first and beat [Kahne] into turn one, but I didn't
quite clear him enough to make it work," Bodine said. "When he was on my
right-rear corner panel, I don't know how I didn't wreck."
Matt Crafton's fourth-place finish allowed him to grab the points lead.
Crafton holds a six-point advantage over rookie Cole Whitt, who claimed his
first truck pole earlier in the day at Darlington. Whitt led the first 27 laps
but ended up finishing eighth.
James Buescher finished fifth, while Timothy Peters came in one spot behind in
sixth. Peters moved to within seven points of Crafton.
Elliott Sadler, a full-time competitor in Nationwide this year, took seventh.
Johnny Sauter and David Starr finished ninth and tenth, respectively.
The truck race at Darlington featured a rash of accidents, including a seven-
truck incident on the first turn of the opening lap.
On lap 97, Ricky Carmichael got sideways and then made contact with the wall
in turn four. His truck spun around on the frontstretch before Johanna Long
plowed into his front end. Both drivers were not injured.
"There were a couple of trucks in front of me, and I knew I was better than
them," Carmichael said. "I spun out, but I don't know if I got any help. I'm
not really sure, but I'll take the blame for it."
The accident forced NASCAR to halt the race for almost eight minutes due to
track cleanup efforts.
03/12 20:58:39 ET