Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. As you race fans are no doubt aware, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series had the week off. But us race fans got to enjoy the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina for the Too Tough To Tame 200.
Practice was not shown on SPEED but we did get to see qualifying and the race on Saturday. As you know, for qualifying, the slowest take to the track first and the fastest come out last. Followed by those not locked into the race by owner points, in the same order.
62 Brendan Gaughan, 17 Timothy Peters, 8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. all sat on the pole briefly, followed by 3 Austin Dillon and 7 Miguel Paludo. Cup driver Kasey Kahne brought his sponsor Great Clips to the KBM #18 truck and sat on the pole through the fastest in practice, 13 Johnny Sauter and most of those not locked into the race. The first three trucks out (the slowest) did not make the race. 89 Chris Lafferty came out smoking, while 84 Chris Fontaine and 45 Chad McCumbee weren’t fast enough to make the race. 32 Brad Sweet spun out in his second lap, but did post a first lap that was quick enough to make the race. He will start from the rear. 60 Cole Whitt came out next to last and captured the pole with a speed of 173.933 mph and 28.273 seconds, knocking Kahne off. 31 James Buescher was last out, but only qualified seventh.
So, the front row for the Too Tough To Tame 200 is 60 Cole Whitt and 18 Kasey Kahne. 1 Jeffrey Earnhardt did not make a qualifying effort, as he crashed in practice. But the Truck is locked into the race so he will start the race from the rear.
The first caution came out on the first lap and was a chain reaction, collecting many trucks. They started the race over and 60 leads from the pole. 10 Chase Mattioli slides sideways but collects the truck and there is no caution. The second caution comes out for 32 Sweet getting into the wall, much like he did in qualifying. 57 Norm Benning gets back onto the lead lap.
13 Sauter and 33 Ron Hornaday race side by side and touch each other. 13 goes high and 88 Matt Crafton drives under him. 2 Elliott Sadler drives under 88. 30 Todd Bodine drives under 23 Jason White. The third caution comes out when 62 Gaughan spins after contact with 23. 62 gets his truck going again and stays on the lead lap. 23 slides down the track but manages to not hit the inside wall.
The fourth caution comes out when 51 Justin Johnson gets into the inside wall while racing 1 as 18 tries to take the lead. NASCAR gives the lead to 18. 10 Mattioli gets back onto the lead lap, then gets into the wall again. The fifth caution is for debris from 10. 07 Jamie Dick gets his lap back.
60 leads out of the pits but 18 takes over the lead. 31 Buescher and 18 battle for the lead and 31 takes the lead. 88 goes inside 17 to get by; 88 and 17 get by 60. The sixth caution comes out when 8 Piquet gets into the wall after racing 29 Parker Kligerman. 23 and 22 Joey Coulter check up and both go sideways into the inside wall. 81 David Starr gets back onto the lead lap.
60 gets into the wall, getting his “Darlington stripe”. 30 can’t get by 33 for second. The seventh caution comes out when 10 gets into the wall again. (This is the track too tough to tame, after all.) The eighth caution is the big one with many trucks involved causing a Red Flag for clean-up. 9 Max Papis gets his lap back.
The ninth caution is for debris after 07 Dick gets into the wall. 88 had a lug nut issue in the pits in an earlier caution but has made his way back into the top ten. He gets by 3. 30 catches 18 who is leading. 33 has a bad vibration. The tenth caution comes out with eight laps to go when 1 gets into the wall.
For the restart, 33 pushes 30 side by side with 18 for the lead. 18 holds 30 off and takes off. 33 gets by 30 for second after some contact.
And 18 Kasey Kahne wins the Too Tough To Tame 200 in Darlington. He now has three victories and a second place finish in four Truck starts! He was followed by 33 Hornaday, 30 Bodine, 88 Crafton, 31 Buescher, 17 Peters, 2 Sadler, 60 Whitt, 13 Sauter and 81 Starr for the top ten. 88 remains the points leader followed by 60, 17, 92 Clay Rogers, 13, 33, 30, 3, 9 and 1 for the top ten in points.
Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.