Jesse Sobbing of Malvern, Iowa, won his first-ever Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series race.
What won the race: Eighth-starting Jesse Sobbing of Malvern, Iowa, bested second-starting Bill Leighton Jr. and third-starting Tad Pospisil for his first victory with the Malvern Bank Super Late Models, earning $1,200 in the tour's season-opening program.
Key notes: Sobbing became the tour's 25th winner as it enters its 10th season of competition. ... Five-time series champion Kyle Berck of Marquette, Neb., was headed to Crawford County when his trailer caught fire. He reportedly lost his trailer and one car in the blaze. No injuries were reported. ... Berck continued on to Denison, piloting a backup car of fellow Nebraska driver Brian Kosiski in Friday's action; he finished 10th in the main event. ... Friday's total of 37 entrants was up 12 from the 2016 season-opener at Crawford County. ... Over the offseason, the series changed its name to the Malvern Bank Super Late Models after spending recent seasons titled the Super Late Model Racing Series. … According to series director Joe Kosiski, the tour will have a bigger points fund in 2017.
On the move: Improving seven positions, winner Jesse Sobbing was the race's hard-charger.
Winner's sponsors: Sobbing's Black Diamond Chassis is sponsored by Home Pride Motorsports, The Blooming Barn, RaceNote and Malvern Bank.
Points chase: Friday's program kicked off the season for the tour; Kyle Berck of Marquette, Neb., is the defending series champion.
Car count: 37
Polesitter: Corey Zeitner
Heat race winners: Brian Kosiski, Nick Beyenhof, Tad Pospisil, Corey Zeitner, Cory Dumpert
Consolation race winners: Ben Sukup, Kyle Berck
Next series race: May 26, Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, IA) $1,200