I’ve been a little teary today watching the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from Rockingham Speedway. I have missed this little track so much on the schedule. The trucks make their debut at the Rock with the first NASCAR event at this track in 8 years.
Kasey Kahne almost won the last race at the Rock in 2004, losing to Matt Kenseth by a nose. Kasey has had eight years to think about what he could have done differently to gain the 0.02 seconds he needed to win.
Regret no more, Kasey.
Kasey Kahne went from the back of the pack to win the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 at Rockingham Speedway. This was truly a team effort, as Kasey was unable to practice or qualify this truck due to his Sprint Cup obligations in Texas. Brad Sweet practiced and got the Turner Motorsports Rockwell #4 in the show. Kasey Kahne was all that was needed to do the rest.
James Buescher, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, and Timothy Peters round out the top 5.
Nelson Piquet, Jr could run a class on how to give away races in two bonehead moves or less. Piquet was the class of the field all day, leading 85 laps and setting a blistering pace. A long pit stop dropped him back in the pack. Piquet raced all the back to second when he received a penalty for too fast exiting pit road with only 26 to go. This was his race to lose, and he did it all by himself.
I wish that a NCWTS driver would have won this race, but Kasey Kahne’s truck and his previous Rockingham experience were too strong. Of course, Kasey was the only spoiler in the field.
The biggest win here is for Andy Hillenburg and the fans of The Rock. We all complain (maybe me more than most) on how we cannot stand the cookie-cutter tracks, but yet we stopped filling the seats at the Rock. The track is in need of updates, and I think that Hillenburg is willing to make these updates, but he needs the funds and the interest to do so.
It appeared that the stands were pretty well sold. This has to be the biggest crowd that the Camping World Truck Series has seen in quite a while without having lots of big names in the lineup. Kudos to everyone involved in promotion and those that purchased tickets. Your efforts might just bring the Sprint Cup back to a race that we’ve all loved and missed.
We have a new leader in the NCWTS standings with Timothy Peters capitalizing on John King’s solo spin early in the race. Peters leads Justin Lofton by 6 points, Ty Dillon by 7 points, and James Buescher by 10 points. Parker Kligerman finishes the top 5 at 20 points out.
The Camping World Truck Series follows big brother Sprint Cup to Kansas on Saturday April 21.