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Kahne Trucks To Win In Darlington

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 12 2011

Kasey Kahne, left, and Todd Bodine fight for the lead in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kasey Kaney led the most laps and won the Too Tough To Tame 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway Saturday evening.

Kahne, making just his fourth start in the series, was driving a truck owned by Kyle Busch Motorsports.

He led 96 of the 147 laps.

It was Kahne’s third  victory in those four truck series starts as he won in his debut, which came in 2004 at Darlington, and then won his second trucks race, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the following race.

In the one truck race he did not win, he finished second.

“I came there to win,” Kahne said after going 3 for 4 Saturday night. “That was the plan.”

Ron Hornaday Jr. finished second Saturday.

Todd Bodine finished third. Fourth was Matt Crafton.

To get the victory, Kahne had to survive several late-race restarts. On the final restart, with three laps

Kasey Kahne acquired some new hardware at Darlington Saturday night. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

to go, he was briefly passed on the low side by Bodine. But Bodine, who moved Kahne up toward the wall, wiggled, fell to third and finished there.

“He got himself loose  by trying to squish me into the wall,” Kahne said.

Bodine said, “I gave it a shot and got sucked around and got loose and all that and finished third.”

Kahne was subbing for his truck’s owner, who was taking the weekend off.

“This is one of my favorite racetracks,” said Kahne, who qualified second. “I’m really glad I came. I really enjoy driving this thing.”

Matt Crafton remained the series leader, stretching his advantage to six points on rookie Cole Whitt, who moved into second after three races. Whitt finished an impressive eighth after starting from the pole and leading twice for 30 laps before dropping back with a pit-road mistake and engine issue.

Whitt, 19, was making his fourth career truck series start, his first at Darlington.

“The track just kind of suited my driving style, and from the get-go we just kind of fell into the rhythm,” Whitt said.

The race was slowed by 10 cautions, including one for a three-truck wreck involving Johanna Long, Ricky Carmichael and Nelson Piquet Jr. that brought out the red flag for 7 minutes, 37 seconds.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 12 2011
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