Once Paul Hahn cleared Frank Wilson, the Canton, Michigan driver sailed away to win the IMTA ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series 50 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.
"The truck was great," said Hahn. "We had a push when we got behind Frank (Wilson). Every time I'd get to him, I'd lose the front end. Then I was finally able to snooker him in turn three and got the lead."
Once Hahn got the lead, the two-time series champion increased his advantage to more than 10 seconds at the checkered flag.
Hahn, in the Hahn's Powder Coating-Fox Auto Parts-Howe Racing Chevrolet, chased Wilson for 17 laps before he finally cleared him for good. From there, Hahn set sail and never looked back to earn his 24th career series victory. By doing so, Hahn padded his point lead and tied Chad Guinn's all time win mark.
"That's great, being in the same record book as Chad Guinn; he's a great champion.
"I just can't say enough about this facility; this place is so first class. And thanks to the fans. We usually run the local tracks and don't get these kinds of crowds. Really appreciate everyone for coming out."
Wilson was in position to finish second before he pulled off two laps shy of the finish with mechanical troubles. Wilson still finished 9th, two laps down.
Nick Gullatta, in the Thomson Automotive-Enerco-Mr. Heater Chevrolet, put on a show all his own, charging from the last position to finish second.
Rob Jones finished third in the R&B Contractors Chevrolet in front of Shawn Szep, who steered the Eye Catcher Charters-Kendall Motor Oil Chevrolet to fourth in the final running order. Ash Hawkins finished fifth in the A&K Racing Chevrolet, the last truck on the lead lap.
Local favorite Carl Moyer, from nearby Ankeny, Iowa, finished sixth in the Karl's Chevrolet. Tim Schafer was seventh in the Double S Racing-G's Pizza Chevrolet. Two-time series champion Bill Withers was eighth. Wilson was ninth. Tully Esterline was 10th.
Hahn not only led the most laps, but also earned his 19th career pole award earlier in the day to make it a clean sweep.
The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series races next at Winchester Speedway Sunday, July 19th.
Official Results, IMTA 50
ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Event #5
Iowa Speedway, Newton IA, 7-11-09
FIN NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN LAPS STATUS
1 7 Paul Hahn/Canton MI 50 Running
2 31 Nick Gullatta/Cleveland OH 50 Running
3 39 Rob Jones/Trenton OH 50 Running
4 1 Shawn Szep/Marysville OH 50 Running
5 16 Ash Hawkins/Canfield OH 50 Running
6 98 Carl Moyer/Ankeny IA 49 Running
7 22 Tim Schafer/Canfield OH 49 Running
8 57 Bill Withers/Columbus OH 49 Running
9 13 The Phantom/Newton IA 48 Fuel
10 10 Tully Esterline/Pettisville OH 48 Running
11 15 Duane Bischoff/St. Leon IN 48 Running
12 78 Craig Meyers/Belleville MI 47 Running
13 45 Leo Vander Hoff/Quincy MI 47 Running
14 23 Mike Young/Toledo OH 43 Electrical
15 11 Steve Arpin/Fort Frances ON 29 Overheating
16 41 Nathan Trepkowski/Ubly MI 28 Oil Leak
17 52 Kenny Kirsch/West Harrison IN 24 Engine
18 99 Steve Christman/Fort Wayne IN 14 Engine
19 46 Paul Vander Hoff/Morenci MI 4 Overheating
20 19 Danny Jackson/Loveland OH 0 Electrical
FAST TIME AWARD: Paul Hahn 25.599 seconds
LAP LEADERS: Arpin 1-4 (4); Phantom 5-21 (17); Hahn 22-50 (29)
ULTIMATE TRUCK CHALLENGE: None