Hahn Hammers Home Second Straight ALWTS Kentucky Speedway Win
ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series veteran Paul Hahn and his No. 7 Hahn's Powder Coating-Fox Auto Parts-Howe Racing Chevrolet used a Lap 60 low-line pass of Rob Jones and the No. 39 R&B Contractors Chevrolet to take a 100-lap race win on the paved Kentucky Speedway quarter-mile track this afternoon.
"We both went into Turn 1 and he (Jones) started sliding up. I'm like, 'okay, here I go,' and all the sudden I started sliding up, too. I was able to get on the binders a little harder, aim the truck down, get on the gas a little sooner and get underneath him. After I got by him, I knew if I kept the same line I was running he wasn't going to get by me," Hahn said.
After the pass, Hahn scored his second straight series win at Kentucky Speedway by successfully guiding his truck through lapped traffic from Lap 78 to 88 and racing unencumbered to the win.
"On this track, you have to really bide your time because it's so easy for a lapped truck to push up into you. I'd rather pass them on the inside, but they're told that if they're a lap down, they stay down," he said.
After he parked his truck in Victory Lane, the battery died.
"I thought we had a battery going down toward the end. I had to kick the fan off because I had a little miss in the truck and I could tell I just didn't have all the power I needed to get by the No. 23 (of Mike Young). I was fortunate the battery died when it did, after the checkered flag," Hahn noted.
Hahn's first win of the season helped him bounce back from a 12th-place finish at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in the series previous race.
"We needed to definitely turn it around after Winchester where we were running third with 13 laps to go and had an engine failure. That put us behind the eight ball a little bit in the chase for the points, but, after today, we got points for leading, winning and qualifying second. I think it put us right back up in the chase and hopefully we can make a strong bid for our second championship," Hahn added.
Series standings leader Steve Christman (No. 19 Bagman Racing Chassis - R&B Fabrications Chevrolet) finished third, Nick Gullatta (No. 31 Thomson Automotive - Mr. Heater - Enerco Chevrolet) placed fourth, and Norm Weaver (No. 21 Dan Cava Toyota-Safety Clean-Lifeguard Medical Toyota) completed the top five.
Weaver, who started from the pole position following inversion, was credited with the save of the day after his truck's gear shift became disconnected between Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 2 while in the race lead.
"It (the shifter) just came off into my hands. I held it (the truck), got it back into gear and screwed that thing back on as tight as I could during the first caution. To be on the pole and have this happen is frustrating, but it was a racer's race and a lot of fun out there," he concluded.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series "Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150" is up next at the speedway at 8:00 p.m.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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