Rockingham Revival To Kasey Kahne
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Kasey Kahne completed his third race in three days by winning Sunday’s Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham Speedway.
It was the first NASCAR race at the one-mile oval since 2004 and was run before a large crowd on a beautiful North Carolina Sunday afternoon.
Kahne flew back from Texas Motor Speedway overnight where he finished seventh in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race and third in Friday’s Nationwide Series event.
He started his Turner Motorsports Chevrolet at the rear of the field and steadily made his way to the front, dominating the final third of the race and beating Turner Motorsports teammate James Buescher to the checkered flag.
“I wasn’t sure I could win,” said Kahne. “I knew I would have a good truck. Brad Sweet qualified fifth and all the guys at Turner Motorsports put in a couple of good days getting it ready. When I was coming up through there it was really loose, but we got an opportunity to adjust on it and it was really fast after that.”
It was Kahne’s fourth Camping World Truck Series victory in only five starts in the series.
ThorSport Racing Chevrolet drivers Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter were third and fourth, while Timothy Peters finished fifth in a Red Horse Racing Toyota.
Nelson Piquet Jr. won his first Camping World Truck Series pole and led a race-high 107 laps, but was penalized for speeding on pit lane with only 25 laps remaining.
He battled back to finish seventh in a race he easily could have won.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to win after that. It happens,” said Piquet. “I am new here and I am still going to make these little mistakes and I still have to work myself back up. It is good learning experience for me. I proved I could work my way back through there.”
Peters leads the standings by six points over Justin Lofton.