Darnell Visits Victory Lane for the first time at Kansas Speedway

Coming off a "disappointing" second-place finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Friday night, Erik Darnell captured his first career Craftsman Truck Series win in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. Darnell, who started from 10th place, took the lead on lap 112 and dominated the last 55 laps on his way to victory lane. Darnell emphasized in his post-race press conference that the turning point for his team was the first pit stop. Mike Skinner, who has dominated with three consecutive Craftsman Truck wins, sat on the pole for Saturday's race but wasn't able to keep his streak alive and finished fifth. Skinner leads the championship point standings by 108 points over Todd Bodine. Kevin Harvick Inc. jackman George White was injured during the race and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Sixty-two year old Joe Ruttman was the oldest contender in the field and made his first start in the series since 2004. He finished 25th. The racing action concludes tomorrow with the Kansas Lottery Indy 300. Tony Kaanan, coming off of last week's win in Japan, sits on the pole for tomorrow's race.
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