Paul Hahn Out-Duels Norm Weaver on DuQuoin Dirt Mile DuQUOIN IL (8-24-08) -- Current ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series point leader Paul Hahn out-maneuvered series veteran Norm Weaver in a late-race duel at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds...
Paul Hahn Out-Duels Norm Weaver on DuQuoin Dirt Mile
DuQUOIN IL (8-24-08) -- Current ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series point leader Paul Hahn out-maneuvered series veteran Norm Weaver in a late-race duel at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile-dirt Sunday afternoon to win the action-packed Lincoln Welders 50.
Hahn, in a drag race down the frontstretch, slipped underneath Weaver heading into turn one with two laps to go to take the lead for good. From there, the Canton, Michigan driver held off continual attempts from Weaver to earn his 22nd career series victory in his 88th series start.
The victory, the first-ever on dirt for Hahn, also placed the 2006 series champion a step closer to Chad Guinn's all-time win mark of 24.
Weaver, who established a new one-lap track record in 2BKool Pole Qualifying with an average speed of 99.880 mph, accepted the Ultimate Truck Challenge, electing to start from the tail for the opportunity to earn an extra $500. The Clarksburg, West Virginia driver, in his own Dan Cava Toyota-Safety Clean-Lifeguard Medical Toyota Tacoma, fell short by one length at the checkered flag, settling for second.
Steve Christman, after leading 16 laps, finished third in the Bagman Racing Chassis-R&B Fabrication Chevy S-10 just in front of Nick Gullatta, who steered the Thomson Automotive-Mr. Heater-Enerco Chevy to the finish in fourth. Tim Schafer finished right there in fifth in the Sprinkler Fitters Union 669-Baird Brothers Sawmill Chevy.
In all, four drivers exchanged the lead eight times before Hahn emerged as the race winner. Gullatta led at the onset from his outside front row starting position before Christman charged to the front to lead the fifth lap. Christman's lead lasted only two laps before Gullatta retook the lead with a nifty pass to the inside off turn two to lead the seventh circuit. Gullatta's lead was short-lived however when Christman used the same maneuver off turn two to get the lead back on the eighth lap.
Meanwhile Weaver, who started 14th, had steadily raced his way forward and was in sixth position before the 10th lap was completed.
Christman managed to hang on to the top-spot up through lap 21 before Gullatta, who led the most laps with 17, got underneath Christman for the lead in turn three.
While Gullatta and Christman battled for the lead, Hahn watched in third before making his move on Christman for second and setting his sights on the leader. Hahn finally got underneath Gullatta for the lead in turn one on lap 34 while Weaver worked over Gullatta and Christman for position. By lap 35, Weaver raced his way by Gullatta and Christman and began tracking down race leader Hahn while Gullatta and Christman continued to swap back and forth. Then on lap 46, Hahn got too high in turn four while Weaver charged underneath for the lead. Weaver led the 47th lap before Hahn reassumed command for good on lap 48.
Mike Young, Bill Withers, Ash Hawkins, Robbin Slaughter and Tommy Beezley rounded out the top-10 respectively.
The championship chase remains close with just two events left on the 2008 tour -- Salem Speedway on September 13th and the championship season finale at Toledo Speedway on October 11th. Both events will be run in conjunction with the ARCA RE/MAX Series.