KASEY KAHNE NO. 18 TOYOTA TUNDRA
TOO TOUGH TO TAME 200 PREVIEW
TRACK: Darlington Raceway
PRIMARY SPONSOR: Toyota
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: ASE, Dollar General, Flexco, M&M's
PRIMARY CHASSIS: KBM-4 BACKUP CHASSIS: X-128 MOTORS: Triad Racing Technologies
RACE BROADCAST: Saturday, March 12- 5:00 p.m. ET on SPEED
MRN/Sirius NASCAR 128
FOR KASEY KAHNE IN THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES,
"TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD"
Kasey Kahne will make his fourth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Saturday in the Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway. In Kahne's first career Camping World Truck Series start, he drove the No. 2 Team ASE truck to victory in the 2004 Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway. He returned to the seat of the No. 2 truck the following week for the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and once again was victorious. After a five-year absence from the Truck Series, the Enumclaw, Wash. native was tabbed to pilot the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for KBM in the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway last July. Kahne nearly made it three victories in three career starts, leading 17 of 55 laps before finishing a close second to Elliott Sadler.
Darlington is an awesome race track
KASEY KAHNE @ DARLINGTON RACEWAY
· In his first-ever NCWTS start, led 95 of the 150 laps and won the 2004 Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway (11/13/04)
· Has captured three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles at Darlington Raceway; the 2004 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 (3/21/04), the 2005 Dodge Charger 500 (5/7/05) and the 2006 Dodge Charger 500 (5/13/06)
· Has Recorded two top-five finishes in eight career NSCS starts, including a third-place finish in the 2005 Dodge Charger 500 (5/7/05)
· Has led at least one lap in five of his eight career NSCS starts
· Has registered three top-10 finishes in eight career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, including a fourth-place finish in last year's Royal Purple 200 (5/7/10)
KASEY KAHNE CAREER
· Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles in 2010 tied him with Jamie McMurray for the series lead.
· Won two NSCS races and qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2009
· Earned his first Chase for the Sprint cup berth, won six races and finished eighth in points in 2006
· Recored three top-five finishes in his first four career NSCS starts during rookie campaign in 2004
· Captured four poles in his rookie season
· Won his first career NASCAR race in the 2003 Nationwide Series Season Finale, the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (11/15/03)
· Finsished seventh in the NASAR Nationwide Series point standings in 2003
· 2000 USAC Midget title and the 2000 USAC Silver Bullet Series rookie of the year
KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS NO. 18 TOYOTA TUNDRA 2011
· Kyle Busch led the final 107 laps en route to victory in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (2/25/11)
· Currently first in the 2011 owner point standings, aiming to become the first team to win back-to-back owners' titles since 2003 (No. 16 Steve Coulter 2002 and 2003)
· Kyle Busch finished fifth in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway despite being involved in an accident with four laps remaining and restarting the green-white-checkered finish from the 15th position, (2/18/11)
KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS NO. 18 TOYOTA TUNDRA 2010
· Became the first team since the NCWTS originated in 1995 to win the owners' championship in their inaugural season
· All four drivers (Benson Jr., K. Busch, Ickler, Kahne) who piloted the No. 18 Toyota Tundra registered at least one top-10 finish
· Led the NCWTS in wins (8), laps led (1,099) and top-10s (21)
· Started first or second 10 times and in the top five 15 times
· Average finish of 2.4 over the final 10 races, collecting six wins and two runner-up finishes
· Led at least one lap in 16 of the 25 races
KASEY KAHNE ON DRIVING FOR KBM "Kyle has assembled a great group of guys over at KBM. I'm thankful for the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra. They've been very successful in a short period of time thanks in part to the support they get from Toyota. We came very close to a victory last year at Pocono and I'm confident that we'll be in the hunt for the win again this time around. Having Team ASE on board as an associate sponsor brings back great memories. They were the primary sponsor on my truck when I won at Darlington in my first-ever start in the Truck Series. Hopefully we can repeat that performance!"
KASEY KAHNE ON DARLINGTON RACEWAY "Darlington is an awesome race track and I'm sure that the Truck Series will put on a great show for the fans this weekend. They still had the old surface the last time I raced trucks at Darlington, so I expect it to be a little different this time around. The guys at KBM are really good, so I'm sure that we'll get things figured out quickly. I'm confident that come race time, we'll have a very competitive truck."
KASEY KHANE AND KYLE BUSCH BANTER ON THE BANNERS "I was looking around at all the victory banners on the wall when I took my seat over to KBM a few weeks ago. Whether they came from trucks or late models, Kyle was the driver for pretty much every win. I told Kyle I need to get a banner this year so he doesn't control the whole wall."
CREW CHIEF ERIC PHILLIPS ON PRIMARY TRUCK SELECTION "We are bringing KBM-4, which is the same Toyota Tundra that Kasey drove at Pocono last year. It is also the same truck that Kyle drove to wins last year at Chicago, Texas and Homestead."
CREW CHIEF ERIC PHILLIPS ON WHAT IT TAKES TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT DARLINGTON "The track is so fast that the biggest thing from a setup standpoint is that you need a lot of grip. The schedule is going to present a challenge. After practicing during the day, the race will start in the twilight and conclude in the dark. We'll need to keep a close eye on the temperature to make sure that if it's really hot during practice that we're not going in the wrong direction with our changes. Once the race starts, the most important thing for me will be to keep reminding Kasey to race the track and not other trucks. Last year we had Brian Ickler in the truck at Darlington. He was doing a great job until late in the race he decided to race another truck and ended up in the wall. We'll unload with a similar setup to what we had last year and what we feel is a much better truck. I think Kasey will be one of the drivers to beat on Saturday."