KAHNE TO DRIVE NO. 18 TOYOTA TUNDRA FOR KBM IN TOO TOUGH TO TAME 200 AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2011) -Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Kasey Kahne will drive the team's No. 18 Toyota Tundra in the Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, March 12. Toyota will serve as the primary sponsor for the defending NASCAR Camping World Series owners' champions and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) will join the KBM sponsor lineup as an associate sponsor for the race.
"Kyle has assembled a great group of guys over at KBM and I'm thankful for the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota Tundra," said Kahne. "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!"
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. The 30-year nearly made it three victories in three career starts, leading 17 of 55 laps before finishing second to Elliott Sadler.
The 30-year old Kahne has successfully battled "The Lady in Black" in all three series throughout his career. He has captured three poles and recorded two top-five finishes in eight career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. In addition to winning his lone Truck Series start at Darlington Raceway, he has registered three top-10 finishes in eight career Nationwide Series starts at the egg-shaped oval.