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Mark Dobmeier has won a lot of races, but is still chasing elusive WoO win at RCS

Grand Forks sprint car driver Mark Dobmeier kicks up dirt as he rounds the edge of a turn at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald1 / 4
The World of Outlaws' Johnny Gibson announces the Forks Karting Association go-kart races on Wednesday night at Forks Karting Speedway. Gibson will call Friday night's Outlaws race at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald2 / 4
World of Outlaws racing announcer Johnny Gibson calls Wednesday's go-kart races at Forks Karting Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald3 / 4
World of Outlaws racing announcer Johnny Gibson (far left) calls Wednesday's go-kart races at Forks Karting Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald4 / 4

For Mark Dobmeier, the past two months have been a whirlwind. He's still building his own sprint car team; he owns a business and he's trying to race as much of possible—balancing work, family and racing at the same time.

So far, so good.

But the career wins leader at River Cities Speedway still is chasing his ultimate goal. He wants to win a World of Outlaws feature at RCS, his home track.

He'll get that chance Friday night when the Outlaws make their first of two appearances of this season at The Bullring.

Dobmeier has won World of Outlaws features before; he's even won a preliminary feature at the Knoxville Nationals.

But winning on his home track carries even more significance.

"This is the Holy Grail," said Dobmeier. This is the one I've wanted more than anything. I would love nothing more than to win an Outlaw feature where I used to sell programs and popcorn."

Dobmeier's season has been strong. He's won all three RCS features this season and has won a NOSA race in Glyndon, Minn.

Last week, he raced with the Outlaws at the Jackson Nationals in Jackson, Minn., where he qualified for the feature all three nights of the event.

"Things are going great," said Dobmeier of his new team—Team 13. "I couldn't be happier. We've found a lot of speed here on the local track. We ran some bigger shows in Knoxville and Jackson and we had fair speed.

"We've had some big gains since we started and we're learning more every time we hit the track."

The big obstacle for Dobmeier—and the rest of the full-time Outlaws on Friday night—will be Donny Schatz, the WoO season points leader. The Fargo driver already has 10 wins on the season.

The Outlaws first raced at RCS in 2007. Joey Saldana captured the first WoO feature in Grand Forks.

Schatz, however, has been the dominant WoO driver at RCS. In his 21 WoO starts at The Bullring, Schatz—a nine-time WoO champion—has never finished lower than seventh. He has 19 top-five finishes and nine wins.

Dobmeier has fared well when the Outlaws have raced to RCS; he just want to take the next step.

"We need a little luck on our side and come prepared," he said.

The winner of Friday night's 40-lap feature will take home $10,000.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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