ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Kasey Kahne celebrated NASCAR’s return to Rockingham Speedway with a win Sunday in the Truck Series race.
The track was purchased at auction by Andy Hillenburg, and he successfully brought NASCAR back. The truck race was the first NASCAR-sanctioned event at The Rock since 2004.
Kahne held off James Buescher for the win. Kahne had to start at the back of the field because he didn’t qualify the truck Saturday while at the Sprint Cup race in Texas.
It was the fourth win in five career Truck Series races for Kahne, who finished seventh in the Cup race.
Matt Crafton was third, followed by Johnny Sauter and series points leader Timothy Peters.
INDYCAR: In Long Beach, Calif., Will Power kept Penske Racing perfect this season by picking his way through the field to win at Long Beach.
Power won for the second consecutive IndyCar race even though a penalty levied against Chevrolet forced him to start 12th in the field. Chevy’s decision to change the engine for all 11 of its teams drew penalties of 10 starting spots for each driver.
So Power had to weave his way through traffic all day, then hold off Simon Pagenaud to preserve the win. Pagenaud finished second for his first career podium. A penalty against Ryan Hunter-Reay gave James Hinchcliffe third.
FORMULA ONE: In Shanghai, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix for his first career Formula One victory, gambling on a two-stop strategy and managing to hold off the rest of the field.
Rosberg finished 20.6 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Jenson Button. Lewis Hamilton, of McLaren was third.