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Tracking the Trucks: Too Tough to Tame 200

*In a Nutshell:* Kasey Kahne took the checkered flag 1.116 seconds ahead of Ron Hornaday, Jr. to win the Too Tough to Tame 200 Saturday evening at Darlington Raceway. In a race slowed by a record-tying ten cautions and a nearly eight-minute red flag, Kahne dominated much of the race leading 95 of 147 laps en route to his third victory in four Truck Series starts. Todd Bodine, Matt Crafton and James Buescher rounded out the top 5.

*Who Should Have Won:* *Kasey Kahne.* Kahne started on the outside pole behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Toyota and was quick to challenge polesitter Cole Whitt for the lead. But it wasn’t until lap 42 when Kahne finally sniffed the top spot for the first time. Once out front, the driver of the No. 18 easily pulled away from the rest of the field, stretching out to a more than three-second lead by lap 53. Though Whitt, James Buescher and Elliott Sadler each took their turn out front in the latter stages of the race, it was Kahne who found the top spot again on lap 97. Despite facing three restarts, Kahne never relinquished the lead and held on for the second victory for KBM this season.

Shakedown Session: Can Cousin Carl Keep His Mojo Working?

The old Jerry Reed song “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” most certainly applies, not just as of late, but throughout the Sprint Cup career of Carl Edwards. When he’s been winning, he’s been one of the more dominant drivers in the series. But when he’s in a drought, it has taken him time to get …

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Kobalt Tools 400 Race Recap

by Brody Jones What a difference one week can make. After having a potential winning car at Phoenix get destroyed in a freak mishap with Kyle Busch and despite not having the most dominant car of the afternoon, Carl Edwards proved himself to be ever the opportunist. Edwards claimed the lead on the final round …

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Clap, Clap Goodbye… How I Lost My Job With SI

500 feet before the finish line of the 53rd Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne started cruising towards an impossible dream. He was about to become the youngest winner of the Great American Race, driving a car whose co-owner, Glen Wood, is on the short list for the NASCAR Hall of Fame despite last winning nearly a …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Hornish Adjusts To Limited Schedule, Life Away From Track

Bryan Davis Keith, *You’re making a new home in the Nationwide Series for 2011. What’s on your mind as we prepare to take the first laps at Daytona?*

Sam Hornish Jr.: Well obviously this deal is much more limited than we would have liked to see, but we’re excited to be able to do the racing we’re able to. And we’ve got the option to add to it as the season progresses. We’ve got a great Dodge Challenger paint scheme for this weekend and Alliance has always been a great partner, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there.

Top 10 NASCAR Gamblers You’ll See At Las Vegas… And Where You’ll Find Them

*10.* *Sam Hornish, Jr. – Roulette* – Begs to spin the wheel so he gets some practice in for the Saturday crash.

*9.* *Brian France – Pai Gow* – Part of his latest initiative to make the point system “simpler;” taking ideas from games and rules no one knows or understands.

*8.* *Trevor Bayne – Blackjack* – Fits his number: 21. Too bad he just got booked for playing underage.

No Bull: IndyCar and Their Five Million Dollars. Will Anyone Take The Bait?

Anyone willing to give me a ride for the Izod IndyCar Series season finale?

The series is proposing a five million dollar bonus to any non-IndyCar regular driver who wins the IZOD IndyCar World Championships race at Las Vegas. While this bonus may be a little more feasible than the 20 million dollar bonus proposed to the driver that wins both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day, that’s not saying much.

The timing of the finale makes it almost impossible for any seasoned driver to come in and legitimately compete for that five million, something that I’m sure IndyCar executives thought of when they unveiled the proposition.

Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Sports Cars, Dirt Cars, and Jimmie Johnson

My first race was the 24 Hours of Daytona in the Grand-Am Rolex series. I was ready to go and had a great experience. There’s a fund to help raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and they were on our car. It was a little nerve-wracking to be the second driver in the car. But I did my best, I pushed to the limit where I thought it was safe. I got in around 5:30 during the day and then I got in the car again around 1:30 in the morning. We ended up finishing eighth out of 28 cars, so it was really a good experience.

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