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AUTO RACING: Casey Mack makes late charge to win 25-lap sprint feature

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River Cities Speedway nearly went 4-for-4 on Friday night.

But Casey Mack didn't let it happen.

Mack, who started ninth, made a late charge to the front and won the RCS 25-lap sprint feature, breaking a string of three first-time winners at the quarter-mile bullring.

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Greg Jose in the streets, Darren Pfau in the Midwest modifieds and Bill Mooney in the late models all took their first career wins at RCS before Mack captured the night's final race.

And it nearly was 4-for-4 in first-time winners as Cory Mack -- Casey's younger brother -- led the majority of the feature before older brother powered his way to the front.

"I thought Cory had that one for sure," Casey said. "I don't know what I was doing or what I did but I slowly gained on the guys up front."

Cory had trouble controlling his car on Turns 2 and 4 and a bobble on Lap 19 opened the door for Casey, who moved past his brother and Shane Roemeling, who was running second most of the night.

The younger Mack, however, had a good reason for the bobbles. He broke a right front shock early in the race, making his car tough to handle. Early on, though, he was the fastest car on the track.

Once Casey cleared his brother and Romeling, he pulled away from the field.

"We struggled a lot at the beginning of the year," Casey said. "We went back to our old car and the whole month of August we've got this car working. I hope it lasts a couple more weeks.

"I really want to thank my crew. They really gave me a good car."

Dave Glennon finished second, followed by Cory, Chris Ranten and Roemeling.

The field did not include Mark Dobmeier, who won his 100th feature at RCS last week. He raced at the Jackson Nationals in Minnesota on Friday night.

Mooney, son of former RCS announcer Pat Mooney, got a good start off the front row and led the entire way to win the late model feature. He survived a surge from season points leader Joey Pederson , who finished second. Mike Balcaen finished third.

Pfau, from Oriska, N.D., grabbed the lead on Lap 14 of the 18-lap feature. He started sixth. Doyle Erickson finished second, followed by Zach Bruer, Tyler Pederson and Greg Friestad.

Jose started on the front row and led the entire streets feature. Bryce Reimer finished second.

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Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
(701) 780-1268
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