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Nygaard returns to victory lane

Wade Nygaard has won more than 200 features during his career. But the Fargo driver was beginning to wonder if he'd ever win another feature at River Cities Speedway. Nygaard no longer has to wrestle with that thought as he held off Mark Dobmeier...

Wade Nygaard has won more than 200 features during his career.

But the Fargo driver was beginning to wonder if he'd ever win another feature at River Cities Speedway.

Nygaard no longer has to wrestle with that thought as he held off Mark Dobmeier - the track's dominant driver - to win Friday night's 25-lap Outlaw sprint feature at RCS. It was career win No. 215 for Nygaard, who has put together some impressive runs at other tracks recently as well.

"It's about time," Nygaard said as he climbed out of his black No. 9 sprint. "We've been picking it up the last month or so. Outside of the World of Outlaws shows, we've been running great lately.

"We're getting more comfortable with the changes we've made on the car. Things are looking up."

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Nygaard passed Scott McDonald for the lead out of turn four with 18 laps remaining. He then successfully navigated lapped traffic in addition to holding off the hard-charging Dobmeier on a handful of restarts.

Dobmeier started last in the 23-car field. But that was by design. On the first Friday of each month, the season points leader has to start in the back of the pack. That left Dobmeier facing a big challenge. However, he's successfully meet that challenge before.

The driver of the No. 13 sprint quickly moved to the front, but once he got to third it became difficult for Dobmeier to gain more ground. He eventually passed McDonald for second, but couldn't overtake Nygaard during the last four laps.

"I knew Mark was back there the last four laps," Nygaard said. "I was just trying not to mess up and keep on doing what I was doing. I wasn't going to change anything on the restarts because the car was working well.

"I saw Mark peek his nose in there on turn four with a couple of laps to go, but I knew if I kept my car straight, I'd come out of it OK."

Dobmeier said he was pleased with his run, considering he started 23rd.

"We had a good run," he said. "Normally when you start in the back like that, yellow flags help you out. This time, they seemed to hurt me. Every time I was slipping by someone, the yellow came out and we had to go back a spot.

"We had something for Wade, but we didn't get there quick enough."

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Dobmeier said his front wing mounts broke with five laps to go. "That made the car tight and hard to steer," he said. "But overall, we're happy."

Bob Martin finished third, followed by Dave Glennon and Casey Mack.

Joey Pederson maintained his season points lead in the late model division by winning another 20-lap feature.

Pederson started fourth but grabbed the lead by passing Troy Schill on the front straightaway with 13 laps to go. Once he grabbed the lead, the driver of the No. 7 car managed to open a comfortable lead.

But he hit lapped traffic with five circuits remaining. However, he cleared the cars to survive his last big challenge.

Brad Seng, who started eighth, turned in a strong run to finish second, followed by Doyle Erickson, Mike Balcaen and Dale Skytland.

It was a tough night for James SanGrait in the Midwest modifieds feature.

The Park River, N.D., driver was charging hard for the lead when he rolled his car hard in turn two. It was a wicked crash, but SanGrait walked away from the wreck.

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"That's a wrecked car," SanGrait said as he climbed out his No. 53 modified.

Once the race resumed, Dustin Strand - as he's done on many nights - steadily moved his way toward the front.

Strand, running the low groove, grabbed the lead with four laps to go and held on for the win.

Gary Sonstelie finished second, followed by Joe Freeman, Rod Peterson and Bryan LePier.

Steffen Snare's winning streak in the streets division came to an end. Dave Wittner, who started on the pole, led the entire way to capture the streets feature. Rick Beier was second, followed by Snare, who had won the last five streets features at RCS.

"He's a tough guy to beat," Wittner said of Snare.

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