TRUCK: Paul Hahn takes 2006 title

Paul Hahn Earns 06 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Title TOLEDO OH (9-18-06) -- On the strength of three victories, four fast qualifier awards and 143 laps-led in five races, Canton, Michigan's Paul Hahn clinched the 2006 ARCA Lincoln Welders ...

Paul Hahn Earns 06 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Title TOLEDO OH (9-18-06) -- On the strength of three victories, four fast qualifier awards and 143 laps-led in five races, Canton, Michigan's Paul Hahn clinched the 2006 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series championship Saturday afternoon at Salem Speedway.

Hahn, driving his father Paul Hahn's #7 Hahn's Collision-Fox Auto Parts-Howe Racing Chevy Colorado, needed only to start the Salem finale to secure the title. Although he finished 13th after an accident took him from contention six laps shy of the finish, it was plenty good enough to write his name in the ARCA history books as one of its touring series champions.

"It was a long season, but it was all worth it," said Hahn. "It was a long time getting here. I've been racing go-karts since I was 13...then raced at Flat Rock and worked my way up from there; so we've been at this for awhile, and that makes the title even better. Felt like we earned it. We came so close last year; we had a taste of it. We just decided 2006 was going to be our year.

"I just want to thank my father and family for giving me the opportunity......and all the guys that help on the crew -- Steve Dygert, Jeff Faubert, John, everyone. And my sponsors' Hahn's Collision, Fox Auto Parts and Howe Racing Enterprises. Earl Bonner built us one heck of a motor that never layed down once; it performed flawlessly all season. And the Howe chassis was right on the money all year."

Hahn started the season with a sixth place finish in the Kentucky Speedway opener, and rallied from there with victories at Sauble Speedway in Sauble Beach, Ontario, Toledo Speedway and Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario. Runner-up runs at Flat Rock Speedway and the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile-dirt, a third place finish at Winchester Speedway and top-10s everywhere else, outside of Salem, were more than enough to earn the '06 crown. Hahn's fast qualifier awards at Sauble, Flat Rock, Delaware and Kil-Kare Speedway also added to his year-end point total.

Following Hahn's successful championship drive, his career-stats improved on all levels. In 62 career starts, he has 10 wins, 25 top-five finishes and 40 top-10 finishes. In addition to eight Fast Qualifier awards, he has led 747 laps in 19 races.

Hahn, along with champion truck owner Paul Hahn and the top-20 teams will be honored in the year-end championship awards banquet at the Radisson Hotel in downtown, Toledo, Ohio on Saturday night, November 11th.

-credit: arca

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