Friday, March 11th
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 12th
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM TRACK SERVICE MEETING
8:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS
8:00 AM NCWTS RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
10:30 AM -- 12:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
1:30 PM 2:30 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
3:15 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:15 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
4:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY–CLEAR PIT ROAD
5:00 PM NCWTS RACE (147 LAPS, 200.8 MILES)
5:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times listed in Eastern Time Zone.
Kahne wins at Darlington: Kasey Kahne, driving the #18-Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, dominated throughout most of the race and easily held that lead following a late caution with less than four laps remaining to win the "Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway. This is the third win for Kahne in just four series starts, and is his second win at Darlington. #33-Ron Hornaday Jr. managed to take over the second position from #30 Todd Bodine when Bodine got a little loose and Hornaday was able to get by in those final laps. Bodine finished third. Rounding out the top ten were; #88-Matt Crafton, #31-James Buescher, #17-Timothy Peters, #2-Elliott Sadler, #60-Cole White, #13-Johnny Sauter, #81-David Starr. There were 10 caution flags for 44 laps with 8 lead changes among 4 drivers. Complete race results are posted on the Darlington Race Results Page.(Official)(3-14-2011)
Post Race Fast Facts
6th Annual "Too Tough To Tame 200"
Race Winner: Kasey Kahne(i)
Team: No. 18 - Toyota Toyota
Owner: Kyle Busch
Crew Chief: Eric Phillips
*Kasey Kahne(i) won the 6th Annual TOO TOUGH TO TAME 200, his third victory in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2011.
*This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Darlington Raceway.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Darlington Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2011.
*Todd Bodine (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Darlington Raceway.
*Cole Whitt (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
(Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 6 points over Cole Whitt.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, March 12, 2011 @ 07:38 PM Eastern)(3-12-2011)
Exide Start Positive, Stay Positive Award: Ron Hornaday Jr, #33
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: David Starr, #81 24 Places
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Triad, #18
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race : Ron Hornaday Jr, #33
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award: Shane Sieg, #93 19 places
Pole Award: Cole Whitt, #60 173.933 mph
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Cole Whitt, #60(NASCAR Statistics)(3-12-2011)
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and finish)
Caution 1: No benefactor
Caution 2: #57-Norm Benning, 26th
Caution 3: #10-Chase Mattioli, 34th
Caution 4: #10-Chase Mattioli, 34th
Caution 5: #07-Jamie Dick, 23rd
Caution 6: #81-David Starr, 10th
Caution 7: #20-Johanna Long, 31st
Caution 8: #9-Max Papis, 18th
Caution 9: #07-Jamie Dick, 23rd
Caution 10: #15-Dusty Davis, 21st
Driver point standings following race #3 at Darlington Raceway:
1) #88-Matt Crafton, 111
2) #60-Cole Whitt, 105 -6
3) #17-Timothy Peters, 104, -7
4) #92-Clay Rogers, 104 -8
5) #13-Johnny Suater, 102 -9
6) #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., 99 -12
7) #30-Todd Bodine, 92 -19
8) #3-Austin Dillon, 92 -19
9) #9-Max Papis, 87 -24
10)#1-Jeffrey Earnhardt, 86 -25(Unofficial)(3-12-2011)
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Darlington Point Standings Page.(Official)(3-14-2011)
Whitt wins Darlington pole: Cole Whitt, driving the #60 Red Bull Chevrolet for Turn One Racing was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 173.933 mph [settting a new track record] to win the pole for the "Too Tough To Tame 200" at Darlington Raceway. This is his first pole in just his fourth series starts. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-Kasey Kahne, #13-Johnny Sauter, #88-Matt Crafton, #3-Austin Dillon, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #31-James Buescher, #2-Elliott Sader, #8-Neson Piquet Jr., #23-Jason White. DNQ - #45-Chad McCumbee, #84-Chris Fontaine, #89-Chris Lafferty. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Darlington Lineup Page.(3-12-2011)
Buescher quickest in final practice at Darlington: James Buescher, driving the Turner Motorsports #31-Wolfpack Rentals Chevrolet led the final practice session for the "Too Tough To Tame 200" at Darlington Raceway with a top speed of 174.290 mph. Turn One Racing's #60 Red Bull Chevrolet with driver Cole Whitt was second quickest. Rounding out the top ten were; #13-Johnny Sauter, #30-Todd Bodine, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #18-Kasey Kahne, #29-Parker Kligerman, #88-Matt Crafton, #2-Elliott Sadler, #7-Miquel Paludo. It was reported that #1-Jeffrey Earnhardt would be going to a back-up truck after making contact with the wall during both practice sessions. There were 38 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Darlington Practice Speeds Page.(3-12-2011)
Kahne leads opening practice at Darlington: Kasey Kahne, driving the #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, posted the fastest lap with a top speed of 172.541 mph to lead the first practice session for the Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway. #31-James Buescher was second quickest. Rounding out the top ten were; #60-Cole Whitt, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Matt Crafton, #13-Johnny Sauter, #30-Todd Bodine, #81-David Starr, #5-Travis Kvapil. There were 38 trucks on track for the first session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Darlington Practice Speeds Page.(3-12-2011)
Official Entry List: There are 39 trucks on the final entry list for the "Too Tough To Tame 200" at Darlington Raceway. Note: #45-Chad McCumbee in as driver replacing Mike Skinner. Complete entry list is posted on the Darlington Entry List Page.(3-12-2011)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 39 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway. Complete entry list is posted on the Darlington Entry List Page.(3-7-2011)
#2-Elliott Sadler returns as driver for KHI's Armour Vienna Sausage Chevrolet
#07-Jamie Dick, driver, SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet, sponsor TBA
#18-Kasey Kahne, driver, Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota
#73-Driver TBA, Tagsby Racing Chevrolet
#84-Chris Fontaine, returns as driver for CFR's Glenden Enterprises chevrolet(3-7-2011)
UPDATE: Late Entry; #89-Chris Lafferty, Lafferty Motorsports SC Education Lottery Chevrolet(3-10-2011)
UPDATE 2: #73-Driver TBA, Tagsby Racing Chevrolet - withdrawn(3-11-2011)
UPDATE 3: #45-Chad McCumbee replaces Mike Skinner as driver(3-12-2011)
Truck Series News & Notes - Darlington Raceway
Bodine Hoping Experience Pays Off At Darlington Raceway
Make no mistake, Darlington Raceway is a driver's track -- and a place where experience pays dividends and champions thrive.
Saturday's Too Tough To Tame 200 may produce a few surprises but don't expect an influx of newcomers atop the finishing order when the checkered flies.
Four of the five Darlington race-winners were past NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships. Bobby Hamilton won twice, Ted Musgrave once and Todd Bodine is the defending race winner.
"It's a driver's track that's a lot of fun," said Bodine, who also owns a NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at the 1.366-mile layout -- NASCAR's oldest superspeedway. "I've always run well at Darlington in everything I've driven there, ever."
Saturday's race is only the third stop on a 2011 calendar of 25 races but it's becoming pivotal to Bodine's bid to become the series' first back-to-back champion.
Trio Of Teams Chasing Wins In Pair Of NASCAR National Series
Call it a race within a race.
Three non-NASCAR Sprint Cup-running teams are competing head-to-head in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The question is which -- Kevin Harvick Inc., Rick Ware Racing or Turner Motorsports -- will be the first to tally a victory in each series. Only KHI had wins in both divisions in 2010, four in Nationwide and seven in trucks.
Kasey Kahne, who scored his first of two consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories at Darlington in 2004, will drive Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 18 Toyota this week. KBM leads the series owner championship standings over KHI by one point...KHI will make its 300th series start at Darlington, a week after hitting the same milestone in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in Las Vegas...Martin, who'll return to NASCAR Camping World Trucks later this season, can become the first driver over the age of 50 to win in all three national series...Series points leader Crafton will make his 250th truck start at Darlington. Crafton is the only entered driver to compete in all five previous Darlington races. He has three top-10 finishes including a sixth a year ago...James Buescher will make his 50th series start...Travis Kvapil started from the pole in 2003 as the series points leader when qualifying was washed out. He finished fourth...Four of the five previous Darlington races had margins of victory of 0.531 seconds or less.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-8-2011)
Truck Series News & Notes - Open Week, March 1, 2011
Crafton, Sauter, ThorSport Early Contenders For 2011 Championship
This could be the year Matt Crafton and owner Duke Thorson finally get their due.
Crafton, who will make his 250th consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway on March 12, holds the No. 1 spot in series points standings for the first time since June 2009.
The Tulare, Calif. veteran, who competed in his first series race at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 28, 2000, holds the slimmest of leads ... a single point ... over post-Daytona leader Clay Rogers. ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter holds down the fourth position giving ThorSport a pair of contenders ... and rivals - for the 2011 championship.
"It's great to be first in driver points but we're on race two of 25," said Crafton, who recorded his 18th consecutive top-10 finish. "We're looking to keep that consistency over the season."
Competition Revs Up Several Notches In 2011
Two races into 2011 one thing is certain: Perform or go home.
It doesn't matter whether you are relative newcomer, seasoned veteran or former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.
With Daytona and Phoenix complete, and more than 40 trucks in the garage at both stops, qualifying has produced more than its share of surprises.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates ... there now are 12 of them ... are among those coming fast out of the chute. Two cracked the top 10 in Daytona; three at Phoenix. Cole Whitt (No. 60 Red Bull Chevrolet), Jeffrey Earnhardt (No. 1 Fuel Doctor Chevrolet) and Miguel Paludo (No. 7 K&N Toyota) rank among the top 10 in current points standings.
Las Vegas native Justin Johnson made an impressive debut, finishing eighth with a solid Driver Rating of 95.0. His teammate Dusty Davis, also from Las Vegas, ran among the top 10 before being collected in a late-race accident....Ron Hornaday Jr. finished third in Phoenix, bouncing back from a 28th at Daytona. Hornaday gained 13 points positions from 23rd to 10th as he bids for a fifth championship.... Austin Dillon, Brad Sweet and Jason White likewise regained ground. Dillon went from 16th to sixth; Sweet 17th to 11th and White 25th to 15.... Phoenix winner Kyle Busch Â became the quickest NASCAR national series driver to reach 25 victories. Busch did it in 87 starts ... 13 fewer than Hornaday. Busch has won four of his past six series starts.... Hornaday recorded his 192nd top-10 finish to match Jack Sprague's career record. (NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(3-1-2011)
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