AUTO RACING: A regular night of racing returns to RCS
River Cities Speedway is Mark Dobmeier’s home race track.
The Grand Forks driver can make a strong case that Huset’s Speedway near Sioux Falls, S.D., is his home away from home.
In one of his more impressive wins of his career, Dobmeier won Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws feature at Huset’s — storming from the 10th starting position to win the 35-lap event worth $10,000.
“I knew right away I had a good car,” said Dobmeier. “We were picking off cars left and right, about one car each lap. When I got up to second, things got real interesting.”
On Lap 19, Dobmeier made a bold move to slip past Sammy Swindell on the backstretch to take the lead. Dobmeier, Swindell and Roger Crockett were running three-wide on the backstretch but Dobmeier had just enough room on the outside to squeeze past Swindell.
In the final laps, Dobmeier had to hold off Donny Schatz, the WoO season points leader. Dobmeier won by 0.672 of a second.
Passing at will
From his 10th starting position, Dobmeier passed eight full-time WoO drivers in 16 laps.
In Victory Lane, nearly 10,000 fans roared their approval as Dobmeier exited the car.
“I call this my second home,” said Dobmeier, referring to Huset’s. “And anytime you can win it in front of the home crowd, that’s what it’s all about.”
Dobmeier has three WoO features, two of them coming at Huset’s, where he is a five-time track champion.
He won the July WoO race at Huset’s in 2012. He’s also won a WoO feature in Wisconsin. And perhaps his biggest win came at the Knoxville Nationals, where he won a preliminary feature in 2011.
Only two caution flags were waved during the feature.
‘Win it or wear it’
“I gave it 110 percent,” said Dobmeier. “There were a bunch of spots in the race where it was ‘Win it or wear it.’ We went for it and came out on the clean edge of it.”
Schatz, meanwhile, was aiming for his ninth win of the season. Schatz and Dobmeier raced side-by-side on the closing laps but the Fargo driver couldn’t make the pass.
Still, it was a good points night for Schatz.
“But we come here to win races,” said Schatz.
There is a lot of racing scheduled over the Fourth of July weekend for sprint cars in the region.
Dobmeier raced a makeup show at Huset’s on Thursday night and will race again Friday at RCS, where a regular show is on tap.
Then, he’ll hit the road for Knoxville on Saturday and finish up five straight nights of racing with another trip to Huset’s on Sunday.
A number of the RCS regulars, meanwhile, will compete at a NOSA show in Greenbush, Minn., on Saturday.