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August 12
Junction Motor Speedway,
McCool Junction, NE
Sanction: Malvern Bank Series - $3,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 13, 4:51 am)
Leighton Jr. banks $3,000 tour win at Junction
  1. Bill Leighton Jr.
  2. Andrew Kosiski
  3. Tad Pospisil
  4. J.C. Wyman
  5. Derrick Stewart
  6. Corey Zeitner
  7. Dylan Sillman
  8. Josh Leonard
  9. Zach Zeitner
  10. Jaxon Saathoff
  11. Brian Kosiski
  12. Charlie McKenna
  13. Darrel DeFrance
  14. Curt Schroeder
  15. Scott Daly
  16. Jesse Sobbing
  17. Justin Zeitner
  18. Kyle Berck
  19. Mike Morton Jr.
  20. Mike Wiarda
  21. Tom Svoboda
  22. Jay Burdic
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What won the race: Taking the lead when race-long pacesetter Kyle Berck sustained a flat right-front tire on lap 12, third-starting Bill Leighton Jr. of Omaha, Neb., staved off Andrew Kosiski in the closing stages to win Saturday's 25-lap Malvern Bank Series feature at Junction Motor Speedway. Leighton collected $3,000 for his third series victory of the season and the 19th of his career.
Quotable: “I guess it was our turn to skip the gremlins. We’d been getting them the last couple of nights,” Leighton said. “(Our weekend) has been up-and-down a little bit. We broke a right-rear bar in our heat race last night and started in the back. But we like coming here. This track is always good to us and we run good here.”
Key notes: Marquette, Neb.'s Berck changed the flat tire and completed three more laps before pulling off for good. ... The fourth-starting Kosiski nearly drew alongside Leighton on lap 23 before losing ground on the last circuit and finishing 0.885 of a second back. ... Fifth-starting Tad Pospisil moved into third on a lap-16 restart and rounded out the podium, extending his series points lead. ... Seventh-starting J.C. Wyman finished fourth. ... Eleventh-starting Derrick Stewart also took advantage of the lap-16 restart and completed the top five. ... Corey Zeitner advanced six positions and finished sixth. ... Charlie McKenna finished 12th after winning Friday's $3,000 weekend opener at Thayer County Fairgrounds. ... Justin Zeitner drew the third and final caution when he slowed running second on lap 15; he was unable to continue. ... Jay Burdic stopped to cause the first yellow on the opening lap and required a tow back to the pits. ... Saturday's 23-minute feature had 15 drivers complete the entire 25-lap distance.
On the move: Late Model rookie Dylan Sillman of Alvo, Neb., started 20th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Leighton’s Mark Wright Racing Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Taylor Quik Pik, Duros Dentworks, Sweet Treats by Lori, Full Field Ag, BladeMasters Excavating, Underdog Design & Drawing, Madsen Wealth Management, Dirt Track Bank, Five Star Truck Center, Collins Home Creations, MHM, Wright’s Feedyard, VP Racing Fuels and Durst Motors.
Points chase: After Junction: 1. Tad Pospisil (3,276); 2. Justin Zeitner (3,192); 3. Jesse Sobbing (3,162); 4. Bill Leighton Jr. (3,126); 5. Andrew Kosiski (3,103).
Current weather: Clear, 75°F
Car count: 22
Fast qualifier: Zach Zeitner
Time: 16.569 seconds
Polesitter: Jaxon Saathoff
Heat race winners: Jesse Sobbing, Jaxon Saathoff, J.C. Wyman
Next series race: September 1, 300 Raceway (Farley, IA) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Saathoff, Berck
Row 2: Leighton Jr., A. Kosiski
Row 3: Pospisil, J. Zeitner
Row 4: Wyman, Z. Zeitner
Row 5: McKenna, Sobbing
Row 6: Stewart, C. Zeitner
Row 7: DeFrance, Leonard
Row 8: Schroeder, B. Kosiski
Row 9: Morton Jr., Burdic
Row 10: Daly, Sillman
Row 11: Svoboda, Wiarda

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