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June 14
Belleville High Banks,
Belleville, KS
Sanction: Malvern Bank Series (Belleville Dirt Nationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated June 15, 8:58 am)
Berck sneaks by Leighton for Belleville win
Belleville Dirt Nationals
  1. Kyle Berck
  2. Bill Leighton Jr.
  3. Jesse Sobbing
  4. Tad Pospisil
  5. Darrel DeFrance
  6. Andrew Kosiski
  7. Curt Schroeder
  8. Cole Wayman
  9. Brian Kosiski
  10. Charlie McKenna
  11. Corey Zeitner
  12. Jake Neal
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Kyle Berck celebrates his $5,000 Malvern Bank victory at Belleville.
What won the race: Stealing the lead away from Bill Leighton Jr. with four laps remaining, fifth-starting Kyle Berck of Marquette, Neb., won Tuesday’s Malvern Bank Series main event on the quarter-mile infield oval at the Belleville High Banks. Berck finished 0.586 of a second ahead of Leighton, who rallied from 11th to lead laps 24-26.
Quotable: “I didn’t see the flagman. I didn’t see the white (flag) or the checkered,” said Berck. “Caution came out and I’m like, ‘Dang it.’ And they’re like, ‘Oh it’s over.’ That might have a little to do with age but I was so focused on hitting the inside marks. I wanted to be on the outside, but that was just going away for me. We fought so hard to get to the lead. This track is so technical.”
Key notes: Berck claimed his first series win of the season and 94th of his career. … The race had four leaders, with Charlie McKenna of Ames, Iowa, leading 1-8; Jesse Sobbing of Malvern, Iowa, leading 9-23; Bill Leighton Jr. of Lavista, Neb., leading 24-26; and Berck leading 27-30. … Two cautions slowed the 30 lapper. Corey Zeitner spun on lap seven to draw a caution and third-running Jake Neal spun on lap 23 to bring out the yellow. … Jake Neal had just taken the lead from McKenna with a slider when the race’s first caution negated the move. … Leighton made a three-wide move on a lap-24 restart, splitting Sobbing and Berck to grab the lead. ... The Malvern Bank Series ran a second $5,000-to-win event following Neal's Monday victory. .... Berck's win snapped Neal's two-race series win streak. ... The tour raced on the quarter-mile layout prior to the XRSS tour, which switched to the smaller circuit after safety concerns about the half-mile oval.
On the move: Runner-up Bill Leighton Jr. started 11th.
Winner's sponsors: Berck’s Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Aurora Cooperative, Strobel Manufacturing, Griess Truck Wash, Preferred Popcorn, Stevens Bros. Bison Farms and Campbell Family Farms.
Points chase: After Belleville Tuesday: 1. Jesse Sobbing (1,556); 2. Bill Leighton Jr. (1,550); 3. Tad Pospisil (1,504); 4. Corey Zeitner (1,488); 5. Jake Neal (1,486).
Current weather: Few Clouds, 90°F
Car count: 12
Fast qualifier: Jesse Sobbing
Time: 13.585 seconds
Polesitter: Jake Neal
Heat race winners: Curt Schroeder, Darrel DeFrance
Next series race: June 18, Adams County Speedway (Corning, IA) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Neal, McKenna
Row 2: Schroeder, Sobbing
Row 3: Berck, Zeitner
Row 4: DeFrance, A. Kosiski
Row 5: Pospisil, B. Kosiski
Row 6: Leighton, Wayman

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