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Seng wins with last-lap pass

Brad Seng couldn't ask for a better start to his racing season. And fans couldn't ask for a better ending to Friday night's late model feature race at River Cities Speedway. Seng, who started 10th, passed Joey Pederson for the lead coming out of ...

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Brad Seng couldn't ask for a better start to his racing season.

And fans couldn't ask for a better ending to Friday night's late model feature race at River Cities Speedway.

Seng, who started 10th, passed Joey Pederson for the lead coming out of Turn 2 on the white flag lap to capture his third feature win of the young season. It was his second nerve-wracking win in as many nights.

"If you start 10th on a little bullring like this, you're going to need some breaks," Seng said. "And I got some breaks."

Pederson led for much of the race. The East Grand Forks driver had the car to beat early in the race. He led the field by a straightaway 10 laps into the feature.

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But Seng capitalized on a couple of caution flags that wiped out Pederson's big lead.

The final yellow came out with six laps to go. Pederson ran the high side of the track, while Seng stayed low.

On the final lap, Seng slid underneath Pederson as both came out of Turn 2.

"Joey was better than me in Turns 3 and 4, but I was better in Turns 1 and 2," Seng said. "On the last lap, I caught the corner just right coming out of (Turn) 2."

But Seng knew he was fortunate to receive some breaks.

"If that last yellow flag hadn't come out, Joey would have won," Seng said.

On Thursday night, Seng captured a dramatic NLRA feature win in Winnipeg. The driver of the No. 12 car battled Mike Balcaen and Ricky Weiss for the final three laps before capturing the win.

Earlier this season, Seng won at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., overtaking Mitch Johnson in the final laps.

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Pederson finished second, followed by Howie Schill, Brandon Fuller and John Halvorson.

Seng's win was dramatic, but Mark Dobmeier's win in the Outlaw sprints feature was dominating -- again.

The Grand Forks driver won his second RCS feature in as many nights by pulling away from the 20-car field midway through the race.

Dobmeier passed Dan Wiskow for the lead and never looked back, although he had to survive two late restarts.

Wade Nygaard and Lou Kennedy Jr. staged a back-and-forth battle for second. Nygaard captured second on the last lap. Kennedy settled for third. Bobby Martin and Casey Mack rounded out the top five.

Dobmeier, who started ninth, made the win look easy, especially the way he maneuvered through lapped traffic.

However, he said the wins are becoming tougher to achieve.

He doesn't believe he'll win every race this season at RCS.

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"It's coming," he said of another RCS winner. "These guys are fast."

Dustin Strand captured the Midwest modifieds feature, his fourth win of the season. The Grand Forks driver won in Ada, Minn., on Thursday night as well.

Strand started seventh but grabbed the lead from Bryan Dyrdahl with 12 laps to go. Strong then had to work his way through heavy lapped traffic until a caution flag came out with one lap remaining.

But he had enough to hold off Dyrdahl, who finished second. Zach Naastad was third, followed by Dave Riopelle and Chris Vargason.

The streets feature ran all 12 laps without a caution flag.

Lance Schill of Langdon, N.D., won the race. He and Bryce Reimer battled for the lead in the early laps. Schill gained the top spot half way through the event.

But he had to hold off hard-charging Aaron Olson, who finished second after starting ninth.

Steffen Snare, Terry BlackLance and Jim Geringer rounded out the top five.

Nelson reports on sports. Reach him at (701) 780-1268; (800) 477-6572, ext. 268; or send e-mail to wnelson@gfherald.com .

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