Story By: BRYAN HULBERT / BLAKE HAHN RACING – FORT WORTH, TX – A banner season for Blake Hahn with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network came down to the final two nights of the year with the DriveWFX.com/Route 66 Chevrolet No. 52 second in the final tour standings to Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
“First off, congratulations to Sam and his team. They did one hell of a job this year. Obviously, for us, the goal was to be champion, and we just came up short. That part I am bummed about, but overall, I can’t be disappointed at how our season went. We led the points a couple of times, we won more races than ever and figured out things in our program that were holding us back and it’s chasing drivers like Sam that make us better,” commented Blake of the overall 2019 season.
Wrapping up the season this past week at the Tony Stewart presents the VANKOR Texas Sprint Car Nationals, Hahn earned a pair of top-five runs at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
“We had a good weekend. We ended up fifth on Thursday on a pretty tough track, but considering how much rain they had leading up to the races, I was actually impressed at how well the track held together. Our biggest goal was to just stay upright and out of trouble, and if we could, make the moves that were presented.”
Seeing a much different track on Friday, Hahn overcame a bottom of the barrel draw in his Heat Race to grid the A-Feature seventh. Battling throughout the top ten, Hahn climbed from seventh to fourth.
“We only made up one spot in the Heat, so I was worried if we would even make the Qualifier but luckily we did and my crew hit the setup spot on because we were able to pass some pretty fast cars and get into the A-Feature where we were ok. The track was great and very technical so if you missed it a little bit, you gave up all kinds of ground and it was tough to make up time, but a lot of fun.”
Coming up next for Hahn will be a return to the Arizona Sport Shirts Gateway Dirt Nationals presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. on December 19, 20, and 21.
“We’re taking a new car into Gateway to shakedown for the Chili Bowl. Being the only other indoor race this winter for Midgets, it’ll be a good test with the competition that is set to be there.”
The 2019 season is Blake Hahn’s 17th year of racing. Starting in Jr. Sprints at the Tulsa Shootout, Hahn has progressed through the ranks with over 90 victories across Micros, Midgets, and Sprint Cars.