ARCA Trucker Paul Hahn Picture Perfect at Flat Rock FLAT ROCK MI (7-14-07) -- ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series veteran Paul Hahn pulled off the perfect score card Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway, culminating with a victory in...
ARCA Trucker Paul Hahn Picture Perfect at Flat Rock
FLAT ROCK MI (7-14-07) -- ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series veteran Paul Hahn pulled off the perfect score card Saturday night at Flat Rock Speedway, culminating with a victory in the Heritage Newspapers 100. The Canton, Michigan driver earned the 2BKool Fast Time Award, led the most laps and regained the point lead in one of the closest championship point battles in series history.
"It's great to come back to Flat Rock," said Hahn, who started his driving career at the quarter-mile Michigan oval. "The last couple of years this track's been kicking me in the butt, so it's great to finally turn things around here. There wasn't much of an outside groove tonight so we just hung on the inside. But we had a pretty good truck, so we knew we could hold them off."
Hahn, in the Hahn's Collision-Fox Auto Parts-Howe Racing Chevy Colorado, passed Steve Cronenwett for the lead on the 33rd circuit and was never seriously challenged from there. The victory represented Hahn's 14th career triumph in his 70th series start. Hahn, the defending series champion, also moved into the point lead, just 10 markers out in front of Bill Withers.
Withers, in his own Mannings USA-Hall Electronics-Wachholz Engines Ford Ranger, finished second about five lengths away.
"We had a good truck tonight, but we just didn't have anything for Paul," said Withers. "All in all it's been a real good season for us, so we're not complaining."
Hueytown, Alabama's Justin South, a regular in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, finished third in John Kasmierski's Carpenters Local 1138-Starts Auto Parts-Aeroquip Chevy in his career-first series start.
"I had so much fun tonight," said South, who finished 19th in the RE/MAX Series race the night before at Kentucky Speedway. "These trucks are harder to drive than the RE/MAX cars. You really have to wheel them around, especially here at Flat Rock. This is a tough little series with a lot of really close competition. I can't wait to come back and do it again."
Two-time series champion Robbin Slaughter finished fourth after a very eventful night in the Bennett Race Development Chevy. Slaughter was involved in two on-track altercations, one of which caused him to spin. Nonetheless, the Columbus, Ohio veteran battled back to the front to earn his top-five run.
Tully Esterline, in the University of Toledo College of Engineering-Rupp Seeds Chevy, finished fifth.
Series rookie Kurt McLennan led the first four laps before Withers took command. But Withers' lead was short-lived when Cronenwett took over the top-spot on lap seven. Cronenwett led for 26 laps before Hahn maneuvered underneath to lead the final 68 circuits.
In all, 10 of the 24 trucks in the field finished on the lead lap. Ron Wells, Duane Bischoff, Levi Mansfield, Mark Otting and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Steve Christman completed the top-10 finishers respectively. Nick Gullatta finished 11th from the 23rd starting position, earning the Ed & Company Hard Charger award for advancing the most positions. Mansfield was credited with the Highest Finishing Rookie honors.
The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series returns to Canada next for a 100-lap event at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario Friday night, August 3rd before heading west to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois Saturday, August 18th. The trucks will be featured as a companion show alongside the USAC Silver Crown Series on the fairgrounds mile-dirt before the Sunday afternoon ARCA RE/MAX Series Allen Crowe 100 takes center stage.