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Subject: Highlights from Rob Walker Memorial 5/21/21
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I-80 Speedway Rep
Posted on 5/22/2021 12:08:33 AM

Leighton Scores Rob Walker Memorial Triumph. Sillman, Sobbing, Harker, Olmstead, and Oaks also take Victory
By Anthony Ainslie

Extra money was on the line at I-80 Speedway Friday night as the Rob Walker Memorial brought out the toughest weekend warriors around.
The next round of weekly racing at I-80 Speedway was extra special as Max I. Walker Uniform presented the Rob Walker Memorial. Around $10,000 was added to the purse across the six NASCAR weekly racing divisions. The race also was the first points night for the weekly super late model division, who were running for $2,556 in their feature.
The 23-lap super late model main event saw Corey Zeitner break out to the lead early on. Zeitner held on to the lead while a tight battle between Bill Leighton Jr., Tad Pospsil and Todd Cooney ensued. Leighton managed to work his way to second and then set his sights on Zeitner for the lead.
As the two went into turn three battling for the lead with only 11 laps to go, the two made contact causing Zeitner to spin out and tag the outside wall. Zeitner would finish in 19th in the final order.
Meanwhile, Leighton led the final 11 laps and held off a late race charge from Tad Pospsil to secure the win in the first points night for the super late models. Pospisil and Jake Neal took the other podium spots while Todd Cooney and Ben Schaller rounded out the top five.
The modified feature went caution-free for all 18 laps. Justin Gregg led the opening circuit before Dylan Sillman took the lead and ran away with the show. As the laps wound down, Gregg and Jordan Grabowski had a tight battle for the second position.
Meanwhile, Sillman went on to collect his second win of the season. Gregg and Grabowski took second and third while Jacob Hobscheidt and Ryan Jenkins rounded out the top five.
The stock car feature was another highly contested race. Brad Derry broke out to a big lead early on while Tim Drake, Jesse Sobbing, Shane Stutzman, and Nick Woodard were all together swapping the rest of the top five positions back and forth.
Big misfortune struck Derry as he cut a right-rear tire while leading with only four laps to go. That gave the lead to then second place Jesse Sobbing. The Malvern, Iowa native pulled away to pick up another feature win in the stock car division. Drake held on for second while Stutzman and Woodard finished third and fourth with Jed Williams finishing out the top five.
In the sport mod feature, Tommy Etherton broke out to the early lead. The Denton, Nebraska driver led the first seven laps before Shawn Harker took control of the lead and proceeded to run away with the show. Defending Track Champion Matt Andrews took second while Tyler Nerud finished third. Kevin Zeitner took fourth, and Etherton faded back to fifth at the end.
The hobby stocks had the closest finish of the night. Early on Dillion Richards was the class of the field. In the closing laps, Richards led while Zach Olmstead worked his way to second. The two were side by side as they came to the white flag. As they came off of four, Olmstead took the win by .160 seconds. Richards had to settle for second while Ryan Gilland, George Reeh and Tom Myers rounded out the top five.
The compact feature started off with a three-car pileup. When racing resumed, Steffen Oaks led the way while Chris Vannausdle ran second. The two engaged in a tight battle in closing laps which resulted in Oaks getting another feature win. Vannausdle had to settle for second while Adam Smith took third. Bryan Vannausdle and Ray Harrington rounded out the top five.


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