GREENWOOD, Neb. — Leading start to finish for his first victory at Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway, Blake Hahn collected Saturday’s $4,000 payday in the Casey’s General Store Midwest Fall Brawl with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Hahn’s sixth SawBlade.com A-Feature triumph of the season, the win was an emotional one for Hahn, who dedicated it to his grandmother who is battling COVID Pneumonia.
“I’m so thankful for everything my grandparents have done for me in my life. They’ve supported my racing since day one, and it’s tough being here with Nan fighting COVID,” Hahn said. “This one is for her, plus my dad not being able to come, but the team did a great job. The car was perfect all night, and right now, I’m just thankful to be here.”
Beating Carson McCarl to the cushion in the first two turns with Jake Bubak giving chase, Hahn set his right rear inches from the wall.
Having to vacate the top a few times, Hahn’s nearly straightaway advantage began to shrink as Carson McCarl, who took second on lap 13, closed with Dylan Westbrook in tow. Bringing the difference to just over a second, the caution lights lit up for Trey Gropp, who stopped on the backstretch on lap 19.
In command once again, Hahn pulled away as the battle behind him began heating up.
Restarting fifth, J.J. Hickle shot to third on the restart and began his pursuit of Carson McCarl. Close but nothing happening, the two chased the No. 52 but would not deny Hahn, who made it to the finish 1.960 seconds ahead of McCarl.
Hickle, Dylan Westbrook and Jake Bubak rounded out the top five.
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn; 2. 27-Carson McCarl; 3. 63-JJ Hickle; 4. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 5. 9X-Jake Bubak; 6. 24-Terry McCarl; 7. 28-Scott Bogucki; 8. 95-Matt Covington; 9. 82-Jason Martin; 10. 95X-Trevor Grossenbacher; 11. 40-Clint Garner; 12. 4X-Jason Danley; 13. 18-Ryan Roberts; 14. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 15. 88-Travis Reber; 16. 03-Shayle Bade; 17. 57B-Stuart Snyder; 18. 54-Trey Gropp; 19. 69R-Damon McCune; 20. 24BH-Joey Danley; 21. 13V-Seth Brahmer; 22. 53-Jack Dover