Blake Hahn Triumphant In Hockett/McMillin Memorial Opener

(Image Credit: Kenny Shaw)

The trip to Victory Lane with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network that has eluded Blake Hahn for years finally became a reality on Thursday night, as the Smiley’s Racing Products/DriveWFX.com No. 52 battled tooth and nail through Night 1 of the 9th annual General Tire Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“This is a win that I wanted really bad. It’s not Saturday night, but it’s still a big deal for me, especially coming in here with 69 other drivers,” stated Hahn.

Blake’s eighth career SawBlade.com A-Feature victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the No. 52 took the green from the pole with Josh Baughman in tow from the third starting spot. Caution after the first lap following contact between Dylan Westbrook and Robbie Price that sent the No. 21p around, the caution lights came on again after Lap 3 for Brandon Hanks who slammed into the wall.

Rolling the bottom line on the restart, Baughman showed a nose to Hahn through the third and fourth turns on Lap 4. Adjusting his line low to keep the No. 17 at bay, Hahn slipped out of the groove, letting Baughman take the top spot.

Red working Lap 6 for Jeff Swindell, who went airborne and landed hard on the bottom frame rails but was unharmed, Baughman’s lead was short-lived as Hahn rolled by on the cushion through turns one and two before diving the bottom on turns three and four.

On the race for the lead, Hahn stated, “I thought I need to run the top, and then Josh came in and he was working the bottom really well in three and four. After he showed it to me, I knew I needed to get down there and just missed it. Once I got by on the restart, I got back down there and just focused on not letting the car drift and it felt really good.”

Putting distance on the No. 17, Hahn continued to work the top of turns one and two and the hub of turns three and four. Finding traffic on Lap 15, Blake’s road was blocked, giving the Fischer Body Shop No. 17 a hole to retake the lead on Lap 16.

Diving to the bottom entering turns three to block Baughman from getting the line, the two tapped tires, forcing Josh up the track and giving the race lead back to Hahn on Lap 17. Red flag the following lap for Jay Russell, who went over after tagging an infield tire, Hahn brought the field back to green two more times after that; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. clipped a tire on the restart, followed by Jack Dover going around on Lap 19.

Green for the final time with six laps to run, Hahn darted away as Baughman came under fire from Paul Nienhiser and Dylan Westbrook. Contact with the No. 47x who squeezed between the No. 17 and the wall off the fourth turn, the rub sent Josh sideways as the field clicked off Lap 21 but was able to recover and avoid a caution.

With the race for second giving Hahn all the room he needed, Blake hit the finish line 0.900 seconds ahead of Dylan Westbrook, who came through the field from eighth. Paul Nienhiser grabbed third with Derek Hagar moving from seventh to fourth. Josh Baughman ended up getting shuffled back to fifth.

Roger Crockett in sixth was followed by Ayrton Gennetten. Moving up from 12th, Sean McClelland grabbed eighth with Kameron Key grabbing his first career top-ten finish with the National Tour. Falling back to 16th at the mid-point of the A-Feature, Harli White came back to finish 10th.

A field of 70 drivers from 15 states and three countries were on hand to open the 9th annual General Tire Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. The entire field will run again on Friday, September 20, 2019, with event points from Thursday and Friday combined to set the lineups for Saturday night. Going into Friday, Blake Hahn leads the event points with 169 markers. Dylan Westbrook at 159 is trailed by Paul Nienhiser with 152. Derek Hagar at 147 is followed by Josh Baughman at 144 points.

Friday, September 20, 2019, opens at 4:00 P.M. with racing at 7:05 P.M. (CT). Information on Lucas Oil Speedway can be found at http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

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.

Race Results: Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV. Racinboys.com ASCS Warrior Region
Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo). Thursday, September 19, 2019. 9th annual Hockett/McMillin – Night 1

Car Count: 70

Heat Races (Top 60 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman, [1]; 2. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [4]; 3. 21C-Carson Short, [6]; 4. 77X-Alex Hill, [9]; 5. 22X-Riley Goodno, [2]; 6. 24D-Danny Sams III, [5]; 7. 29-Clinton Boyles, [7]; 8. J2-John Carney II, [3]; 9. 24C-Chris Morgan, [8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Jordon Mallett, [2]; 2. 11X-Avery Goodman, [4]; 3. 01-Logan Seavey, [3]; 4. 9N-Wade Nygaard, [8]; 5. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [6]; 6. 11A-Austin O’Neal, [5]; 7. 5-Kory Bales, [9]; 8. 3V-Tyler Utz, [7]; 9. 22S-Slater Helt, [1]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 21K-Kameron Key, [2]; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, [3]; 3. 17W-Harli White, [4]; 4. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [6]; 5. 11G-Mike Goodman, [7]; 6. 81-Jack Dover, [5]; 7. 39-Brad Bowden, [8]; 8. 23-Seth Bergman, [9]; 9. 37H-Matthew Howard, [1]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 84-Brandon Hanks, [2]; 2. 21-Miles Paulus, [4]; 3. 22-Sean McClelland, [1]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [8]; 5. 38-Cody Baker, [5]; 6. 1-Brad Ryun, [3]; 7. 11F-Colton Fisher, [9]; 8. 7B-Ben Brown, [7]; 9. 3Z-Zach Davis, [6]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [2]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn, [4]; 3. 47-Dale Howard, [3]; 4. 14M-Randy Martin, [9]; 5. 4-Evan Martin, [7]; 6. 95X-Asa Swindell, [1]; 7. 99-Brady Bacon, [6]; 8. 33-Austin Alumbaugh, [5]; 9. 95-Matt Covington, [8]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [1]; 2. 21X-Brinton Marvel, [2]; 3. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [5]; 4. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [6]; 5. M1-Mark Smith, [7]; 6. 18X-Nathan Ryun, [4]; 7. 75-Tyler Blank, [9]; 8. 26M-Fred Mattox, [8]; 9. 26-Matt Moro, [3]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 76-Jay Russell, [2]; 2. 35M-Jonathan Cornell, [4]; 3. 12X-Danny Smith, [1]; 4. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [6]; 5. 21G-Adam Gullion, [5]; 6. 5D-Zach Daum, [8]; 7. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [3]; 8. 44-Jared Sewell, [7]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 21P-Robbie Price, [1]; 2. 1X-Tim Crawley, [3]; 3. 94-Jeff Swindell, [5]; 4. 45-Monty Ferriera, [2]; 5. 10-Landon Britt, [6]; 6. 9$-Kyle Clark, [8]; 7. 24-Garet Williamson, [4]; 8. 28-Scott Bogucki, [7]

Qualifiers  (Top 16 in Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)

Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 22-Sean McClelland, [1]; 2. 11-Roger Crockett, [3]; 3. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [2]; 4. 21C-Carson Short, [4]; 5. 14-Jordon Mallett, [6]; 6. 23-Seth Bergman, [10]; 7. 14M-Randy Martin, [5]; 8. 39-Brad Bowden, [9]; 9. 11F-Colton Fisher, [8]; 10. 10-Landon Britt, [7]

Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [2]; 2. 17-Josh Baughman, [4]; 3. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [5]; 4. 12X-Danny Smith, [1]; 5. 21K-Kameron Key, [6]; 6. 45-Monty Ferriera, [7]; 7. 24-Garet Williamson, [8]; 8. 18X-Nathan Ryun, [9]; 9. 1X-Tim Crawley, [3]; 10. 75-Tyler Blank, [10]

Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [2]; 2. 11G-Mike Goodman, [1]; 3. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [4]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [3]; 5. 5D-Zach Daum, [7]; 6. 84-Brandon Hanks, [6]; 7. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [10]; 8. 11X-Avery Goodman, [5]; 9. 22X-Riley Goodno, [8]; 10. 1-Brad Ryun, [9]

Qualifier 4 (8 Laps): 1. 9$-Kyle Clark, [2]; 2. 21P-Robbie Price, [4]; 3. 4-Evan Martin, [1]; 4. 94-Jeff Swindell, [3]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [6]; 6. 21-Miles Paulus, [5]; 7. 29-Clinton Boyles, [9]; 8. 26M-Fred Mattox, [10]; 9. 24D-Danny Sams III, [8]; 10. 38-Cody Baker, [7]

Qualifier 5 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, [5]; 2. M1-Mark Smith, [1]; 3. 01-Logan Seavey, [2]; 4. 21X-Brinton Marvel, [3]; 5. 76-Jay Russell, [6]; 6. 9N-Wade Nygaard, [4]; 7. 21G-Adam Gullion, [7]; 8. 11A-Austin O’Neal, [8]; 9. 95X-Asa Swindell, [9]; 10. 3V-Tyler Utz, [10]

Qualifier 6 (8 Laps): 1. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [4]; 2. 17W-Harli White, [3]; 3. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [1]; 4. 81-Jack Dover, [8]; 5. 77X-Alex Hill, [6]; 6. 35M-Jonathan Cornell, [5]; 7. 5-Kory Bales, [7]; 8. 7B-Ben Brown, [10]; 9. 99-Brady Bacon, [9]; 10. 47-Dale Howard, [2]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 84-Brandon Hanks, [4]; 2. 94-Jeff Swindell, [3]; 3. 51B-Joe B. Miller, [6]; 4. 5D-Zach Daum, [7]; 5. 11G-Mike Goodman, [2]; 6. 29-Clinton Boyles, [9]; 7. 39-Brad Bowden, [10]; 8. 77X-Alex Hill, [1]; 9. 7B-Ben Brown, [12]; 10. 10-Landon Britt, [13]; 11. 11A-Austin O’Neal, [11]; 12. 24C-Chris Morgan, [17]; 13. (DNF) 23-Seth Bergman, [8]; 14. (DNF) 28-Scott Bogucki, [16]; 15. (DNF) 3V-Tyler Utz, [15]; 16. (DNF) 4-Evan Martin, [5]; 17. (DNF) 95X-Asa Swindell, [14]; 18. (DNF) 26-Matt Moro, [18]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 21C-Carson Short, [1]; 2. 81-Jack Dover, [5]; 3. 21-Miles Paulus, [4]; 4. 99-Brady Bacon, [14]; 5. 01-Logan Seavey, [3]; 6. 14K-Kyle Bellm, [2]; 7. 14M-Randy Martin, [6]; 8. 11X-Avery Goodman, [7]; 9. 11F-Colton Fisher, [12]; 10. 1X-Tim Crawley, [8]; 11. 24D-Danny Sams III, [13]; 12. 26M-Fred Mattox, [11]; 13. 22S-Slater Helt, [18]; 14. 18X-Nathan Ryun, [10]; 15. 5-Kory Bales, [9]; 16. 95-Matt Covington, [17]; 17. 33-Austin Alumbaugh, [16]; 18. 75-Tyler Blank, [15]

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith, [2]; 2. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [1]; 3. 35M-Jonathan Cornell, [4]; 4. 21G-Adam Gullion, [8]; 5. 45-Monty Ferriera, [7]; 6. 47-Dale Howard, [11]; 7. 9N-Wade Nygaard, [5]; 8. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, [9]; 9. 22X-Riley Goodno, [12]; 10. 21X-Brinton Marvel, [3]; 11. 44-Jared Sewell, [15]; 12. J2-John Carney II, [16]; 13. 37H-Matthew Howard, [18]; 14. 38-Cody Baker, [13]; 15. 3Z-Zach Davis, [17]; 16. 24-Garet Williamson, [10]; 17. 12X-Danny Smith, [6]; 18. 1-Brad Ryun, [14]

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, [1]; 2. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [8]; 3. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, [2]; 4. 9JR-Derek Hagar, [7]; 5. 17-Josh Baughman, [3]; 6. 11-Roger Crockett, [6]; 7. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, [10]; 8. 22-Sean McClelland, [12]; 9. 21K-Kameron Key, [14]; 10. 17W-Harli White, [11]; 11. 9$-Kyle Clark, [9]; 12. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [5]; 13. 21P-Robbie Price, [4]; 14. 14-Jordon Mallett, [13]; 15. 81-Jack Dover, [21]; 16. 21-Miles Paulus, [25]; 17. 91T-Tyler Thomas, [22]; 18. (DNF) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [15]; 19. (DNF) 76-Jay Russell, [16]; 20. (DNF) M1-Mark Smith, [19]; 21. (DNF) 21C-Carson Short, [18]; 22. (DNF) 94-Jeff Swindell, [20]; 23. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks, [17]; 24. (DNF) 28-Scott Bogucki, [23]; 25. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington, [24]

Lap Leader(s): Blake Hahn 1-4; 6-15; 17-25 / Josh Baughman 5; 16;
Hard Charger: Dylan Westbrook +6

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Bryan Hulbert

Hatched in El Paso, Texas in the mid 1980’s, Bryan Hulbert first became involved in racing at the age of 7 with the family Street Stock. Bryan began working professionally in racing as a track side reporter at the El Paso Speedway Park (EPSP) and Southern New Mexico Speedway (SNMS) in August of 2006 and became the lead announcer and PR Director at both tracks in July 2007 while working on a Marketing Degree at New Mexico State University. In September 2011, Bryan was hired by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series and now the full time Announcer and PR Manager for the national series.
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