ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Champ Paul Hahn Receives Top Banquet Honors TOLEDO OH (11-16-07)-- For the second time in his motor sports career, Canton, Michigan's Paul Hahn took center stage at the Park Inn in Downtown, Toledo, Ohio, on...
ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Champ Paul Hahn Receives Top Banquet Honors
TOLEDO OH (11-16-07)-- For the second time in his motor sports career, Canton, Michigan's Paul Hahn took center stage at the Park Inn in Downtown, Toledo, Ohio, on Saturday night where he was honored as the 2008 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Champion.
Hahn earned seven race victories, 13 top-5 finishes, 13 top-10 finishes and six 2BKool Pole Awards over the course of the 14-race season schedule. In addition to the 2008 ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series title, Hahn earned year-end awards for the RE Lightning Challenge, the Bilstein Most Laps Led and the ARCA 2BKool Pole Award.
Hahn, who also earned top end of season ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series honors in 2006, was joined in the championship celebration by his wife Dawn, mother Marilyn and car owner/father Rick. In addition to serving as car owner, Rick is crew chief of the No. 7 Hahn's Collision Team and was awarded the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year Award while Rex Cronenwett and Steve Dygert were recognized on stage for their rolls with the championship winning team. Earl Bonner earned Mallory Engine Builder of the Year honors.
Kent Johns spoke on behalf of Series Title Sponsor Lincoln Electric and Series director Mike Hewer addressed the crowd on behalf of the sanctioning body.
The top ten in driver's points received point fund checks and trophies, including Hahn, Nick Gullatta (second), Steve Christman (third), Mike Young (fourth), Norm Weaver (fifth), Robbin Slaughter (sixth), Ash Hawkins (seventh), Bill Withers (eighth), Duane Bischoff (ninth) and Tim Schafer (tenth). Drivers who competed in a minimum of 50 percent of the series' races and finished in the 11th through 20th final positions received point fund checks distributed by Series director Mike Hewer.
Greg White, sponsor representative for Casite, presented the Casite Rookie of the Year Award to Kenny Kirsch, Jr., who finished 13th in the driver's point standings on the strength of two top-5 and six top-10 finishes in nine Series starts. The driver's father and truck owner, Kenny Kirsch, Sr., was presented with a welder, courtesy of Lincoln Electric.
Jim Clarke, ARCA's retiring Vice President of Special Projects, received the Golden Circle Award for his involvement and dedication to the regional truck tour. The Golden Circle Award is presented annually to an individual or entity whose positive efforts have elevated ARCA's motor sports stature to the benefit of all associated.
The 2008 Spirit Award was presented to Ed Yoak.
Other special award recipients included Bazell Race Fuels Sportsman of the Year Paul Young, Stoner Car Care Products Best Appearing Truck Robbin Slaughter and Holley Performance Most Improved Driver Ash Hawkins. The No. 52 Kirsch's Automotive Center Chevrolet Team was named the G-Force Best Dressed Crew.
Nick Gullatta was the Circle K Most Laps Completed award winner.
At the end of the awards ceremony, Lincoln Electric awarded a wire welder in a random drawing.
Additional prizes in the random drawing included a RCMS Racecar Management Software package by Intercomp, product certificates from RPM Racing Parts & Supplies and a complete Mallory Ignition System.
As season champion, Hahn picked up prize money as well as a plethora of special awards, including a leather championship jacket, a Lincoln Wires Welder and a RCMS Racecar Management Software Package by Intercomp. The traditional ARCA championship ring, which has been presented consecutively to every champion in both the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and the ARCA RE/MAX Series since 1967, was presented to car owner Rick Hahn by ARCA President Ron Drager.
Series officials will announce the 2009 schedule in the coming weeks.