Kahne Tames Darlington

Kasey Kahne

Kahne celebrates his third career Truck Series win. (Photo: Getty Images)

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In November 2004, Kasey Kahne became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington. Now, he is two-for-two at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway, winning Saturday's Too Tough to Tame 200.

Kahne started his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota on the outside of the front row, and took the lead for the first time on lap 41. His truck was clearly the class of the field, leading 95 of the race’s 147 laps. But as he did in his first Darlington truck race, he would have to survive a record-tying 10 cautions and one red flag.

“I came here this weekend wanting to win — that was the plan,” Kahne said. “This is a tough series. This is one of my favorite race tracks, and I’m really glad I came.”

Kahne became the first driver other than owner Kyle Busch, who is on vacation this weekend in Cancun, to win for the sophmore team.

Ron Hornaday finished second, followed by Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton and James Buescher in the top five.

Matt Crafton used his third-place finish to extend his Camping World Truck Series championship lead to six points over Cole Whitt.

Whitt captured the pole for the Too Tough to Tame 200 with a new Darlington track qualifying record. After leading the first 31 laps, Whitt battled back from a pit road and a throttle issue to finish eighth.

“I’m happy. We finished really good and overcame a lot,” Whitt said. “I told everyone that we had a good truck. We made the truck the way we wanted it and raced the race track. We had our own plan and could race with everyone. We showed that we could come back and have a truck that was capable of running right up there. We’ll just try to keep winning races.”

The Camping World Truck Series will return to action in on April 2 at Martinsville Speedway.

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