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AUTO RACING: Sprints and late models highlight another night of racing at RCS

Cars line up before the start of their heat Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)1 / 6
Petition Director Lon Kvasager looks out to the track as sprint cars run their respective heats Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)2 / 6
Nick Shirek, mechanic for his brother and racer Chris Shirek (1K), laughs prior to the start of the teams first heat race Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)3 / 6
Driver Ricky Weiss (7) of Headingley, MB runs in front of the pack in the first NLRA Late Model heat Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)4 / 6
Driver Tanner Wisk (22) of East Grand Forks, MN runs in front of the pack in a sprint car heat Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)5 / 6
Local sprint car driver Mark Dobmeier (13) of Grand Forks and Amber Balcaen of Winnipeg, MB run side-by-side in a heat race Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)6 / 6

No sprint driver is hotter right now than Mark Dobmeier.

The Grand Forks driver made it three wins in three days as he dominated Friday night’s 25-lap sprint feature at River Cities Speedway, where he put on another commanding performance — this one marked by a restart in which he passed four cars in one lap.

Dobmeier won Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws feature at Huset’s Speedway near Sioux Falls, S.D. On Thursday night, he won a regular night of racing at Huset’s.

Against the regulars at RCS, it was business as usual for the driver of the No. 13 car.

“We have a great week going on,” said Dobmeier. “This team keeps getting stronger and stronger. Everyone is sticking more hours into our program and it’s showing.”

On a restart with 12 laps to go, Dobmeier was sitting in sixth place.

He was in second with 11 laps to go and from there quickly overtook Jordan Adams for the lead. He was on cruise in the final laps, again running the high side of the track as the rest of the field — for the most part — ran the low side of the track.

“We were running really good early but we were bottled up in traffic,” said Dobmeier. “I knew we had a good car. On the restart, I knew the top of the track would be good. On the first lap, everyone was still trying to get up to speed.

“I knew that if I could stay up top and get it going, I could get around everyone.”

One final caution flag came out with four laps to go, but Dobmeier was not threatened on the restart.

Jason Linnell finished second, followed by Austin Pierce, Bob Martin and Adams.

Dobmeier will race two more times this weekend, tonight in Knoxville, Iowa, and Sunday again at Huset’s.

“We hope we can keep this stride going and get our Knoxville program turned around,” he said.

The 20-lap late model feature, won by Brad Seng, had its fair share of controversial moments.

Early on, it appeared Dustin Strand had the advantage. But Joey Pederson powered past Strand for the lead near the midway point of the race. The two tangled on the backstretch shortly afterward, with Strand’s car stalling. Pederson kept going but was sent to the back of the pack for causing the yellow.

Ricky Weiss then passed Strand for the lead with seven to go before Seng, who started eighth, entered the picture.

Seng passed Weiss out of Turn 4 with five laps remaining and held on for another feature win.

Pederson, however, made a late charge from the back of the field but didn’t have enough for Seng in the closing laps. Pederson finished second, followed by Strand, Mike Balcaen and Steve Anderson.

Ryan Schroeder won the Midwest modifieds feature. The Devils Lake driver took the lead with 12 laps to go.

In the streets feature, Jordan Duray took another win at RCS, passing Ryan Johnson for the lead with five laps remaining.

Next Friday, RCS will host its Midseason Championship. Also, it will be a double sprint feature night.

Auto racing

River Cities Speedway

Friday’s results


First heat — 1. Terry BlackLance; 2. Aaron BlackLance; 3. Dan McNamee

Second heat — 1. Mike Anderson; 2. Ryan Johnson; 3. Jordan Duray

Feature — 1. Duray; 2. Johnson; 3. McNamee; 4. Anderson; 5. T. BlackLance

Midwest modifieds

First heat — 1. Scott Vasichek; 2. Alex Well; 3. Justin Olson

Second heat — 1. Zach Bruer; 2. Matt Schow; 3. John Halvorson

Third heat — 1. Greg Friestad; 2. Ryan Schroder; 3. Dallas Brevik

Fourth heat — 1. Darren Pfau; 2. Ryan Schow; 3. Tim Berg

Feature — 1. Schroder; 2. Pfau; 3. Tyler Peterson; 4. Preston Carr; 5. Halvorson

Late models

First heat — 1. Ricky Weiss; 2. Bill Mooney; 3. Steve Anderson

Second heat — 1. Mike Balcaen; 2. Brad Seng; 3. Joey Pederson

Feature — 1. Seng; 2. Pederson; 3. Strand; 4. Balcaen; 5. Anderson


First heat — 1. Jason Linnell; 2. Tom Egeland; 3. Wade Nygaard

Second heat – 1. Mitch Mack; 2. Lou Kennedy Jr.; 3. Jordan Adams

Third heat — 1. Mark Dobmeier; 2. Amber Balcaen; 3. Ty Hanten

B main — 1. Dave Glennon; 2. Nick Omdahl; 3. Zach Wilde

Feature — 1. Dobmeier; 2. Linnell; 3. Austin Pierce; 4. Bob Martin; 5. Jordan Adams

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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