The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take center stage this weekend when the series invades Darlington Raceway, the third stop of their 2011 tour. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series teams will enjoy a weekend of leisure for the first time in this young season. However, the “Too Tough to Tame 200,” coined for one of the storied track’s nicknames, is sure to be anything but leisurely.
The 1.366-mile, egg-shaped oval with two very distinctive corners is tough to navigate for even the shrewdest of drivers, earning the track the second of its two harrowing monikers, “The Lady in Black.” The unusually designed track, combined with the bump-and-bang style of the truck series, is sure to produce some fireworks this coming Saturday night, March 12th.
Point leader, Matt Crafton, in his 11th year of NASCAR competition will take the green flag for the 250th time in his truck series career this weekend at Darlington. Crafton and others will have to contend with Sprint Cup Series driver, Kasey Kahne, who currently enjoys a 66% winning percentage in the series after three starts, one of which is a 2004 victory at the historic South Carolina track. Kahne will pilot the No. 18 Toyota owned by fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor, Kyle Busch.
Other notable drivers competing in the Saturday night event include NASCAR Nationwide Series wheelman, Elliott Sadler, and series regulars, Travis Kvapil, Austin Dillon and Kansas Speedway winners, Ron Hornaday Jr. (2008) and Johnny Sauter (2010). Only one driver will earn his/her stripes on Saturday evening, but all competitors are sure to have a “Darlington Stripe” by race’s end.
The race will be carried live on SPEED TV with coverage of the “NCWTS Setup” pre-race show airing at 3:30 PM (CT) followed by on-track action at 4:00 PM (CT).
Race fans can catch the exciting action of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when they return to Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 4th for the 11th running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250. Tickets for all Kansas Speedway events are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.RACE (7223).
Parking at Kansas Speedway is always free and guests may bring a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands with their favorite food and beverage