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Tough track can’t derail Dobmeier

In addition to the usual heat races and features, River Cities Speedway showcased school bus races on Friday night. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Mark Dobmeier has won numerous features at River Cities Speedway starting eighth. He did so again Friday night at The Bullring before nearly 3,500 fans. Even though he clearly again had the car to beat, it wasn’t an easy ride for Dobmeier -- or the rest of the field.

Turns 1 and 2 were tricky for the field and it kept Dobmeier up on the wheel as a number of cars bounced through the turns.

“That was a rough ride through Turns 1 and 2,” said Dobmeier, who went from third to first on a Lap 4 restart. “It was pretty technical to try and stay on the track and not slide off

“You pretty much had to hang on and bounce through the holes.”

Dobmeier posted the fastest lap time of the night at 11.937 seconds and finished 1.506 seconds ahead of Chris Ranten.

Wade Nygaard was third, followed by Jade Hastings and Bob Martin.

While Dobmeier dominated the race, there was plenty aggressive racing among the next four positions.

Before the sprint feature, the RCS annual bus race was held. Late model driver Zach Naastad took the checkered flag, coming from the back of the 11-bus field. At times, the big buses raced three-wide on the straight-aways.

“That was a lot of fun,” said Naastad. His win was even more special since he’s finished second a handful of times in the annual event.

Dustin Strand started on the front row of the late model 20-lap feature -- and that made him the overwhelming favorite. And he delivered, leading from start to finish in picking up his 10th feature win of the season.

The race went the first 18 laps without a caution. The first 18 laps took only 4 minutes and 52 seconds as track conditions were smooth.

“But I wasn’t looking forward to a caution at that point,” said Strand, who had nearly a two second lead on Pederson at the time.

Lance Schill has been dominating the Midwest modifieds at RCS this season but it was Nate Reynolds who took Friday night’s 18-lap feature.

Reynolds, who ran the low groove, and Schill were battling for the lead when Schill slid off Turn 3 on Lap 10. Reynolds then had to hold a challenge from Austin Huner.

Reynolds, who started fourth, edged Hunter by 0.313 seconds. Scott Bintz was third, followed by Matt Schow and Ryan Schow.

Daniel Aberle won the 15-lap streets feature, holding off Adam Burrows as the two started on the front row and ran 1-2 throughout the race.

Aberle had a top lap time of 14.988 seconds. Burrows finished second, followed by John Halvorson, Aaron Blacklance and Chase Boen.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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