Lady Tamer: Kasey Kahne Wins Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington

A race at Darlington is normally one of attrition and Saturday night’s Too Tough To Tame 200 was no different.

The Camping World Truck Series was the only show in town and on tap for the weekend. They didn’t disappoint. It started with ROY candidate Cole Whitt capturing from the pole, the first of his career, with a new track record.

[media-credit name=”Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR” align=”alignright” width=”247″][/media-credit]The action started on lap one when the field charged down into turn one and never made it to turn two. Travis Kvapil, Miguel Paludo, Max Papis, Ryan Sieg, Norm Benning, Justin Lofton and David Starr all had trouble to bring the first caution out.

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There were two more yellow flags within the first 30 laps.

Once things settled down, Kasey Kahne quickly asserted himself as the man to beat. While others found there way to the front through pit stops and strategy, Kahne was always lurking and once he took the lead he had no problem driving away from the field.

One of the scarier incidents of the night came after Ricky Carmichael spun on the front stretch and was t-boned by Johanna Long. The caution, eighth one of the night, also brought the action to a halt as the red flag.

Both drivers were evaluated and released from the infield care center.

With 29 laps to go Timothy Peters came down pit road to get his final set of tires, while the leaders stayed out. It didn’t help the battle was up front between Kahne and the defending winner of the event, Todd Bodine.

Even with a restart with less than five laps to go, no one could catch the 18 of Kahne and he would go on to capture the win. It was the third straight race that a driver not running for points in the CWTS has won.

The win was Kahne’s third in his last four starts and second at Darlington. He won back in 2004. It was also the second straight win for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Ron Hornaday finished second and Bodine finished third. The polesitter, Whitt, who thought he had lost a cylinder and dropped to 26th, came home in the eighth position. He was the highest finishing rookie and moved to second in the CWTS points.

Matt Crafton hangs onto the point lead as the trucks will have a few weeks off before heading to Martinsville on April 2nd.

Unofficial Race Results

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 2 18 Kasey Kahne  Toyota 0 0 147 Running
2 6 33 Ron Hornaday  Chevrolet 42 0 147 Running
3 12 30 Todd Bodine  Toyota 41 0 147 Running
4 4 88 Matt Crafton  Chevrolet 40 0 147 Running
5 7 31 James Buescher  Chevrolet 40 1 147 Running
6 11 17 Timothy Peters  Toyota 38 0 147 Running
7 8 2 Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 0 0 147 Running
8 1 60 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 37 1 147 Running
9 3 13 Johnny Sauter  Chevrolet 35 0 147 Running
10 13 81 David Starr  Toyota 34 0 147 Running
11 26 92 Clay Rogers  Chevrolet 33 0 147 Running
12 31 93 Shane Sieg  Chevrolet 32 0 147 Running
13 17 77 Justin Lofton  Toyota 31 0 147 Running
14 18 29 Parker Kligerman * Dodge 30 0 147 Running
15 5 3 Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 29 0 147 Running
16 19 39 Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 28 0 147 Running
17 24 5 Travis Kvapil  Toyota 27 0 147 Running
18 16 9 Max Papis  Toyota 26 0 147 Running
19 27 46 Craig Goess * Toyota 25 0 147 Running
20 35 1 Jeffrey Earnhardt * Chevrolet 24 0 147 Running
21 15 15 Dusty Davis * Toyota 23 0 147 Running
22 29 50 T.J. Bell  Chevrolet 22 0 146 Running
23 33 7 Jamie Dick  Chevrolet 21 0 146 Running
24 28 66 Justin Marks  Chevrolet 20 0 145 Running
25 23 62 Brendan Gaughan  Toyota 19 0 144 Running
26 34 57 Norm Benning  Chevrolet 18 0 143 Running
27 14 7 Miguel Paludo * Toyota 17 0 135 Running
28 30 22 Joey Coulter * Chevrolet 16 0 111 Running
29 36 25 Tayler Malsam  Toyota 15 0 103 Engine
30 22 4 Ricky Carmichael  Chevrolet 14 0 96 Accident
31 32 20 Johanna Long * Toyota 13 0 96 Accident
32 9 8 Nelson Piquet Jr. * Chevrolet 12 0 93 Accident
33 10 23 Jason White  Chevrolet 11 0 72 Accident
34 25 10 Chase Mattioli * Ford 10 0 55 Accident
35 20 51 Justin Johnson * Toyota 9 0 41 Accident
36 21 32 Brad Sweet  Chevrolet 8 0 13 Accident

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