Hahn Conquers Heart O’Texas
WACO, Texas — A packed house had hearts pounding on Friday night as Blake Hahn captured his first ASCS triumph of the season, taking the Griffith Truck and Equipment Gulf South Regional victory at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway.
Getting the victory in slower traffic, Hahn edged out Brandon Berryman in his first night back behind the wheel in almost a year after being fitted with a pacemaker in 2013.
Gridding the Old School Racing No. 17 third, Hahn and company gave chase to Justin Melton the first sixteen laps with Berryman charging from sixth to take the lead on lap 17. Hahn, who nearly went upside down on lap 15 was able to work past Berryman on lap 22, leading the following lap with the Baytown Ford No. 31 reclaiming the lead at the white flag.
With slower cars stacked ahead of the leaders entering turn one, Berryman committed to the bottom, just as the high line cleared for Hahn to sail by for the race win.
Brandon Berryman crossed a close second with Aaron Reutzel overcoming a failed engine in his Heat Race to shred from eighteenth to the final podium step. Justin Melton slipped to fourth with Kevin Ramey completing the top five.
Blake Hahn, Brandon Berryman, Aaron Reutzel, Justin Melton, Kevin Ramey, Channin Tankersley, Chris Sweeney, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Zane Lawrence, John Pate, Claud Estes III, Mike Walling, Larry Howery, Tyson Hall, Brandie Jass, Tommy Bryant, Klint Angelette, Michele Melton, Scott Smith.