Blake Hahn Captures 34 Raceway Triumph With The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series
(Image Credit: Brendon Bauman)
Bryan Hulbert – WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (August 30, 2019) Holding on through heavy lapped traffic and letting the DriveWFX.com No. 52 eat the cushion of the 34 Raceway on Friday night, Blake Hahn’s inaugural trip to the Iowa oval ended with his seventh career victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, and first with the Sprint Invaders.
“I just have to say, this is one of the best tracks in Iowa. We don’t normally get to race short tracks here, it’s usually all big tracks and this place is high banks and slick to a curb; you couldn’t ask for better,” stated Hahn.
Coming down to the final two turns with Seth Bergman nearly taking the win away, Hahn had to duck under a slower car and was able to use the slower machine as a pick to hold off the Mud Slingers Coffee No. 23.
On having to hold off the No. 23, Hahn said, “I saw on the scoreboard at the Aussie [Scott Bogucki] was in second, then after the restart that Seth had gotten by him and I knew he to be rolling good, but I knew if I could stay on the cushion, especially on the restarts, I could get good momentum, but he did scare on one. I thought he had me slid, but we were able to get by him and at the finish, I just had to go where the lapped car wasn’t and hoped he didn’t change his line.”
Taking off with the lead from the pole, Hahn slid in front of Austin McCarl as the pair raced into the first two turns. Getting several car lengths over the No. 99x, that advantage disappeared as lapped traffic came into play on Lap 5. Blocked for a couple of laps, the race for second between McCarl and the Sawblade.com No. 28 of Scott Bogucki morphed into a race for the lead with the trio in a high-speed game of Chess.
Making a small mistake on Lap 12, Hahn was wheel to wheel with Austin McCarl off the second turn. Able to keep the No. 99x at bay, McCarl was slid by Bogucki for the runner-up spot. Racing into a group of slower cars, the top three again went at each other’s throats before the caution flew working Lap 14 for Dustin Selvage.
Back to the last fully completed lap, McCarl moved back to second and immediately threw a slide job for the lead. Unable to head off the No. 52, the momentum sent McCarl over the cushion and allowed Bogucki to advance once again, with Seth Bergman also taking advantage for third.
Shot sliding each other as Hahn built his lead, Bergman and Bogucki traded blows before the caution lights came on again for Harli White on Lap 16. Diving the hub on the restart, Bergman went after the lead, but to no avail, as the caution slowed action again with 17 laps complete. Sliding for the lead again, the results were the same with Hahn railing the cushion to hold the top spot. Keeping pace with the No. 52 in clean air, Bergman closed but his run was hauled on Lap 22 with the race’s final caution for Alex Hill.
Putting a half dozen car lengths on Bergman on the restart, Hahn was not out of the woods as the No. 52 found traffic with two laps to go. Bringing Seth right back into the fight, it was down to a car length on the final lap. Sprinting into the final two turns, Hahn dove low on the lapped car who slid just high enough to keep the No. 23 from making the final lap pass.
Ending up third was the No. 28 of Scott Bogucki for his ninth top five of the season. Running up from 10th, Robbie Price landed in fourth with Sam Hafertepe, Jr. making up 12 spots after transferring out of the first BMRS B-Feature to complete the top five.
Making an equally impressive run, Terry McCarl came from 16th to sixth with Matt Covington seventh. Austin McCarl slipped to eighth with Kaley Gharst ninth. Making to the most of a night plagued with mechanical issues, John Carney II was forced to use a provisional in the MVT No. J2 and clawed from 23rd to 10th.
Combined with the Sprint Invaders and ASCS Warrior Region, a stout field of 37 drivers was on hand Friday night. Five SCE Gaskets Heat Races went to Alex Hill, Scott Bogucki, Cody Wehrle, Blake Hahn, and Robbie Price. BMRS B-Features were topped by Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Bryden Gaylord. The only provisional was used by John Carney II.
The next event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is the Champion Brands Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1.
Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 at Lake Ozark Speedway opens at 5:00 P.M. with racing getting underway at 7:30 P.M. (CT). Saturday’s gate is $20 for adults, $17 for Senior and Military, $5 for youth 7-13, and free for kids six and under. Admission Sunday is $23 for adults, $20 for Senior and Military, $5 for youth 7-13, and free for kids six and under Pit Passes each day are $40. More information on Lake Ozark Speedway is available online at http://www.lakeozarkspeedway.net.
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the nine Regional Tours that make up ASCS Nation in 2019, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV
Sprint Invaders & ASCS Warrior
34 Raceway (West Burlington, Iowa)
Friday, August 30, 2019
Car Count: 37
SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 77X-Alex Hill, ; 2. 99X-Austin McCarl, ; 3. 55-McKenna Haase, ; 4. 50P-Harold Pohren, ; 5. 14-Jordon Mallett, ; 6. 88-Dustin Selvage, ; 7. 76-Brad Comegys, ; (DNS) 11X-Colton Fisher,
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Scott Bogucki, ; 2. 78-Kaley Gharst, ; 3. 21-Miles Paulus, ; 4. 50-Paul Nienhiser, ; 5. 13-Brayden Gaylord, ; 6. 49-Josh Schneiderman, ; 7. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, ; 8. (DNF) 70K-Katlynn Leer, 
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 40C-Cody Wehrle, ; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, ; 3. 1K-Kelby Watt, ; 4. 81-Tanner Gebhardt, ; 5. 24D-Danny Sams III, ; 6. 2X-Tucker Doughty, ; 7. 69-Justin Buchholz, 
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, ; 2. 95-Matt Covington, ; 3. 17A-Terry McCarl, ; 4. 7B-Ben Brown, ; 5. 16-Devon Rouse, ; 6. 4-Bailey Goldesberry, ; 7. (DNF) J2-John Carney II, 
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 21P-Robbie Price, ; 2. 23-Seth Bergman, ; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, ; 4. 17W-Harli White, ; 5. 9-Daniel Bergquist, ; 6. 35-Josh Higday, ; 7. 99-John Schulz, 
BMRS B-Feature (Top 3 in each advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, ; 2. 81-Tanner Gebhardt, ; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, ; 4. 24D-Danny Sams III, ; 5. 35-Josh Higday, ; 6. 99-John Schulz, ; 7. 9-Daniel Bergquist, ; 8. 76-Brad Comegys, ; 9. 16-Devon Rouse, ; 10. (DNF) J2-John Carney II, ; 11. (DNF) 11X-Colton Fisher, 
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 13-Brayden Gaylord, ; 2. 14-Jordon Mallett, ; 3. 88-Dustin Selvage, ; 4. 86-Tony Bruce Jr, ; 5. 49-Josh Schneiderman, ; 6. 50P-Harold Pohren, ; 7. 69-Justin Buchholz, ; 8. 4-Bailey Goldesberry, ; (DNS) 21-Miles Paulus, ; (DNS) 70K-Katlynn Leer,
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, ; 2. 23-Seth Bergman, ; 3. 28-Scott Bogucki, ; 4. 21P-Robbie Price, ; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, ; 6. 17A-Terry McCarl, ; 7. 95-Matt Covington, ; 8. 99X-Austin McCarl, ; 9. 78-Kaley Gharst, ; 10. J2-John Carney II, ; 11. 14-Jordon Mallett, ; 12. 50-Paul Nienhiser, ; 13. 17W-Harli White, ; 14. 55-McKenna Haase, ; 15. 11-Roger Crockett, ; 16. 2X-Tucker Doughty, ; 17. 1K-Kelby Watt, ; 18. 7B-Ben Brown, ; 19. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill, ; 20. (DNF) 81-Tanner Gebhardt, ; 21. (DNF) 40C-Cody Wehrle, ; 22. (DNF) 88-Dustin Selvage, ; 23. (DNF) 13-Brayden Gaylord, 
Lap Leader(s): Blake Hahn 1-30
Hard Charger: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. +12
High Point Driver: Scott Bogucki
Provisional(s): John Carney II (Points)
2019 National Tour Driver Standings (Top 15): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,227; 2. Blake Hahn 3,121; 3. Scott Bogucki 3,053; 4. Matt Covington 3,003; 5. John Carney II 2,954; 6. Roger Crockett 2,889; 7. Harli White 2,726; 8. Robbie Price 2,712; 9. Jordon Mallett 2,577; 10. Tucker Doughty 2,449; 11. Alex Hill 2,440; 12. Jamie Ball 1,163; 13. Seth Bergman 968; 14. Wayne Johnson 762; 15. Jason Solwold 733;
2019 Race Winners: Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 7 (5/17 – I-96 Speedway; 5/18 – I-96 Speedway; 5/25 – Lake Ozark Speedway; 6/5 – Lawton Speedway; 6/8 – Salina Speedway; 7/12 – Gallatin Speedway; 7/19 – Big Sky Speedway); Blake Hahn – 3 (6/20 – Skagit Speedway; 7/20 – Big Sky Speedway; 8/30 – 34 Raceway); Scott Bogucki – 2 (6/14 – Brown County Speedway; 6/15 – Black Hills Speedway); Thomas Kennedy - 2 (4/25 – Eagle Raceway, 4/26 – U.S. 36 Raceway); James McFadden – 2 (8/2 – Knoxville Raceway; 8/3 – Knoxville Raceway); John Carney II – 1 (5/26 – Lake Ozark Speedway); Travis Rilat – 1 (6/4 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway); Roger Crockett – 1 (6/21 – Skagit Speedway); Robbie Price – 1 (6/22 – Skagit Speedway); Devon Borden – 1 (6/28 – Grays Harbor Raceway); Matt Covington – 1 (6/29 – Grays Harbor Raceway); Ryan Giles – 1 (8/1 – Knoxville Raceway); Wayne Johnson – 1 (8/6 – Southern Iowa Speedway);
Weather-Related Cancellations - 10: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (3/15 and 3/16); Williams Grove Speedway (5/3); Selinsgrove Speedway (5/4); Lakeside Speedway (5/9); I-30 Speedway (5/11); Route 66 Motor Speedway (6/1); Creek County Speedway (6/6); Gallatin Speedway (7/13); Riverside International Speedway (8/24)
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ASCS National Tour Drivers Online:
Jamie Ball (Knoxville, IA): http://www.jamieball.com/default.aspx?i=false
Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA.): http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Scott Bogucki (McLaren Vale, S. Aust.): https://www.facebook.com/ScottBogucki89
John Carney II (El Paso, TX): https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarneyRacing
Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK): http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Roger Crockett (Broken Arrow, OK): http://www.rocketdesignsllc.com
Tucker Doughty (Rockwall, TX): https://twitter.com/tuckerdoughty
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX): http://www.sam15.com
Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK): http://www.blakehahnracing.com
Alex Hill (Six Nations, Ontario, Can.): https://twitter.com/alexhill77x
Jordon Mallett (Greenbrier, AR): https://www.facebook.com/jordonmallettmotorsports
Chris Martin (Ankeny, IA): https://twitter.com/cmr_44?lang=en
Robbie Price (Cobble Hill, BC, Can.): http://www.bdsmotorsportsllc.com
Harli White (Lindsay, OK): http://www.harliwhiteracing.net
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Submitted By: Bryan Hulbert