Danny Jackson dominated the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series 50-lap main event Saturday afternoon at Salem Speedway while Paul Hahn wrapped up his career third series championship.
Jackson, in the no. 19 Red Bank Transport-Lykin Co.-R&B Fabrication Chevy S-10, led the final 44 laps to earn his sixth ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series victory of his career.
"You can't ask for a better handling truck than we had here today," said Jackson in victory lane.
"This Bagman Racing chassis was perfect and our Doug Miller motor made more than enough horsepower. That combination got us to victory lane. It was on a rail; all I did was drive.
"I knew Will (Kimmel) was coming; my dad was spotting for me. He told me to stay away from all those lapped trucks we were coming up on. But as he (Will) got closer, my dad also told me to do what I had to do."
Will Kimmel, making his career-first Lincoln Welders Truck Series start for Esterline Motorsports, finished second, about three lengths away.
"I just want to thank all the people at Esterline Motorsports for giving me this opportunity," said Kimmel. "We had a real good truck. I don't think we had anything for Danny, but second place is pretty cool."
Kimmel, from the pole, led at the onset and stretched his advantage to five lengths. However, Jackson, who started fifth, quickly maneuvered his way toward the front. As soon as Jackson made the pass for second, he tracked down Kimmel and drove past for the lead on the seventh lap. Jackson then opened up a full straightaway advantage over Kimmel until he backed off late the race so as not to deal with four lapped trucks just ahead who were battling heavily for position. That allowed Kimmel to close the gap over the final four laps.
Frank Wilson, Jr. set a new one-lap track record in qualifying with an average speed of 109.949 mph in his own Lifeguard Medical Supply Chevy and finished third. Brian Nester was fourth in the White Family Collision-Potlick Lawn Service Chevy ahead of Brad Yunker, who finished fifth in the Champion Credit Union-Owens Community College Chevy.
Hahn, who started fourth in the Hahn's Powder Coating-Fox Auto Parts-Howe Racing Chevy Colorado, experienced mechanical difficulties in the race and had to make an unscheduled pit stop early on. Hahn eventually returned to competition one lap down and finished 10th, plenty high enough to secure the 2009 title over Jackson.
"We certainly would have liked to have finished up on a stronger note today," said Hahn during the post-race championship celebration. "But that's okay; we did what we came to do and that was winning us another championship. I'm very proud of all my guys, all the people who've assisted with our program over the years. We had a lot of fun this year, won some races, poles and the championship. I'd like to especially thank my dad (Rick Hahn) who has always provided the very best equipment to get the job done. This is truly a first class operation, and I'm real proud to be a part of it."
In addition to the championship, Hahn also reached some major milestones in 2009, including the all-time win mark. Hahn, with victories this year at Toledo Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Lake Erie Speedway, surpassed Chad Guinn as the series' all-time winner with 25 career victories to Guinn's 24. Hahn also surpassed Jeff Speakman as the all-time series pole winner earning 19 career poles to Speakman's 14.
Outside of Hahn's 10th place finish at Salem, the Canton, Michigan driver never finished out of the top-five in 2009.
Ron Wells, Nathan Trepkowski, Rob Jones and Ash Hawkins completed the top nine respectively. 11th through 21st went to (in order) Mike Young, Steve Christman, Nick Gullatta, Tim Schafer, Bill Withers, Duane Bischoff, Paul Vander Hoff, Kenny Kirsch, Tommy Adams, Bobby Noe and Craig Meyers.
The next event for the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series will be the annual championship awards banquet at the Park Inn in downtown Toledo, Ohio Saturday, November 14.