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Subject: Highlights from 5/14/21
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I-80 Speedway Rep
Posted on 5/14/2021 11:45:01 PM

Martin Dominates Round Three for Malvern Bank Sprints. Bridge, Sobbing, Harker, Vannausdle, and Oaks also Victorious
By Anthony Ainslie

Sprint car racing returned to I-80 Speedway Friday night, and the Malvern Bank 360 Sprints crowned their third different winner on the year.
After a big 2-day weekend to kick off the year back in April, the Malvern Bank sprint cars made their third visit to I-80 Speedway along with NASCAR weekly racing action from the Bragging Rights late models, stock cars, sport mods, and compacts.
I took a while for the action to get going in the 20-lap sprint car main event as two early-race incidents took out five cars in total. When racing got going, Jason Martin took control of the lead while Tyler Drueke and Jack Dover battled for second.
Martin went on to lead all 20 laps of the main event and took the feature win as well as the points lead in the Malvern Bank Series. Drueke and Dover took second and third while Cody Ledger and John Klabunde rounded out the top five.
Friday’s stock car feature saw Tim Drake led the opening two circuits before Cozad, Nebraska’s Cale Osborn took the lead. He held the lead until a restart with eight laps to go when Jesse Sobbing picked him off for the lead.
The biggest incident of the night came on the last lap when Dustin Reeh spun out in turn one and got the car up on its side before coming back down on all four wheels. He was not hurt, but it cost him potentially a top five finish.
The incident set up a green-white-checkered finish with Sobbing coming out the winner. Osborn had to settle for second followed by Scott Carlson, Shane Stutzman and Dan Jackson to round out the top five.
The Bragging Rights late model main event saw a couple of early lead changes. AJ Jorgensen and Andrew Tilley took turns leading before Tilley stretched the advantage over the field.
A caution bunched up the field with seven laps to go. On the ensuing restart, Todd Cooney made a slide job move for the lead which slowed he and Tilley up. That left the bottom lane open for Jake Bridge to get by both of them for the race lead.
From there, Bridge would not surrender the top spot. The Waverly native scored the win while Cooney took second, and defending track champion Jacob Brown finished third. Tilley finished back in fourth, and Mike Morton Jr. rounded out the top five.
Friday’s sport mod feature saw John Schwindt show the way early. The Council Bluffs driver led the first four laps before breaking down while leading. That gave the lead over to Tyler Nerud.
Nerud led the field through the middle of the race, but with six laps remaining, Shawn Harker caught up to Nerud, and the two battled it out for the win.
The victory ultimately went to Harker. The win was especially big because it marked Harker’s 100th feature victory at I-80 Speedway. Nerud had to settle for second while Matt McAtee, Matt Andrews and Kevin Zeitner finished out the top five.
The compacts put on a pair of caution-free eight-lap features on Friday. The first feature was led flag to flag by Bryan Vannausdle. His father Chris ran second while Steffen Oaks, Adam Smith and Jim Cahill rounded out the top five.
The second feature was all Steffen Oaks. The former track champion from Lincoln led every lap for his second win of the season. Adam Smith scored his career best finish with second while Bryan and Chris Vannausdle finished third and fourth followed by Jeremy Bohlen to round out the top five.


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