Safety trucks to get own pace cars

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 4 2012 6:55 p.m. MST

SUH-TED FOR RACING: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the marshal for Sunday's race, which at first glance would seem to be an odd fit.

But the big guy says he likes racing and has attended a few races, including Las Vegas last spring. He, along with Carl Edwards, also happens to be a spokesman for Subway, title sponsor of the race.

"This is actually my third race and I've had a chance to watch it on TV a bit," Suh said. "Last spring, I was in Vegas. I looked inside (Edwards') car today and don't think I would be able to sit in it. I'll slim down a little bit, but I don't think the Lions would be too happy about it."

PIT STOPS: Kasey Kahne's bid to win his second straight race at PIR ended quickly. The winner of the fall race in the desert, he started 10th on Sunday and never got much of a chance to move up after sliding up into the wall in the first 30 laps. After a trip to the pits, he returned 37 laps down and ended up finishing 34th. ... Casey Mears crashed into the wall on lap 111 when his brakes failed. He said on the radio after the hard hit that his brake pedal went to the floor. Mears finished 39th.

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