Enumclaw’s Kahne wins Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway

Kasey Kahne makes driving in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series look easy.

The Enumclaw native picked up his third truck series victory Saturday in the Too Tough to Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway.

“This is one of my favorite racetracks,” Kahne said in post-race comments through nascarmedia.com. “I’m really glad I came. I really enjoy driving this thing.”

It was his first start behind the wheel of a truck this season and the fourth for his career.

With previous wins at Darlington and Homestead-Miami Speedway, the victory made Kahne the first driver in the truck series to win three of his first four starts. He finished second last year at Pocono Raceway.

Kahne, a veteran of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, was driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, a Toyota usually piloted by team owner Kyle Busch, who was on vacation.

Kahne qualified on the outside pole and led four times for 95 of the race’s 147 laps.

Sprint Cup racing continues Sunday from Tennessee’s 1/2-mile oval Bristol Motor Speedway with Kahne back in the seat of the No. 4 Red Bull Toyota. Local television coverage begins at 10 a.m. on FOX.

After the first three races of the season, Kahne sits 13th in Sprint Cup Series driver’s points behind leader Tony Stewart