March 12, 2011
Kasey Kahne Wins Darlington With Triad Power
Darlington, SC (March 12, 2011) - The drivers of the Camping World Truck Series should thank their lucky stars that Kasey Kahne is an infrequent competitor.
Whenever Kahne shows up, there's a pretty darn good chance he's going to wind up in victory lane.
Making his first and possibly only Truck Series start of the year, Kahne cruised to a relatively comfortable win in Saturday's Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway.
Second alongside Elliott Sadler on a restart with 53 laps to go, Kahne immediately dispatched of Sadler - who had taken just two tires under the previous caution — and never trailed again.
Kahne held on through three more restarts, including a final one with three laps to go, to take the checkered ahead of four-time NCWTS champion Ron Hornaday and 2010 Darlington winner Todd Bodine. Matt Crafton and James Buescher completed the top five.
Kahne's stiffest challenge over the final laps came from Bodine, who once moved alongside before getting loose and falling into the clutches of Hornaday.
"I gave it a shot, and got sucked around and got loose and all that and finished third," Bodine said.
Kahne scored his third triumph in just four career Truck Series starts. The full-time Sprint Cup Series driver scored Truck Series wins at Darlington and Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2004, and finished second last year at Pocono Raceway.
Saturday marked Kahne's second appearance in the Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota normally driven by team owner Kyle Busch, who was vacationing in Cancun.
"This is one of my favorite race tracks," said Kahne, who qualified second and led four times for a total of 95 laps. "I'm really glad I came. I really enjoy driving this thing."