Traditionally, the season opener at River Cities Speedway is a mixed bag. There are stretches of good racing mixed with stretches of caution flag after caution flag.
RCS lived up to that tradition again Friday night as the green flag fell on the 2019 season. The streets, Midwest modified and late model features were run with little-if any-caution flags.
The sprint feature, however, was long and plagued with caution flags.
But there was no surprise winner. Mark Dobmeier won the 25-lap sprint feature, although he had to deal with Wade Nygaard's charge to the front midway through the event.
Bryce Reimer won the streets feature; Reise Stenberg captured the Midwest modifieds main event while Joey Pederson held off Brad Seng to win the late model 20-lap feature.
The sprint feature was a battle of attrition. Nineteen cars started; four were done before a lap was completed. Only nine finished.
Dobmeier started on the pole but Nygaard took the lead on a Lap 12 restart. Four laps later, Dobmeier recaptured the lead coming out of Turn 2.
"It was a good night of racing; all the other classes snapped through their features lickity-split," said Dobmeier. "The sprint cars had a little hang up with the yellow flags. The track surface probably wasn't the best but it's the first night out so they have to leave it a little dry. Hopefully better tracks will come."
Nygaard finished second followed by Nick Omdahl, Jordan Adams and Ty Hanten.
Dobmeier had the top lap time of 11.910 seconds.
In the late model feature, Pederson started on the front row and was in command throughout. But Seng made a late charge, making a tense white flag lap for both drivers
"As I got into lapped traffic I had to move around the lapped cars," said Pederson. "It seemed like I was doing that the last half of the race. I knew was Brad was in second. I was expecting to see his nose. I made it to the white flag and I didn't see him. All of a sudden, coming out of Turn 2, there he is. I thought, 'Oh, no,' I can't lose it this way. But I drove the car off Turn 3 with more steam than I did all night and we wound up ahead of him. It was a lot of fun."
Shane Edginton was third, followed by Dustin Strand and Mike Balcaen.
Stenberg won the Midwest modifieds feature as he also turned in the fastest lap time of 14.397 seconds. Reimer, meanwhile, captured the streets feature-a race that went green-to-checkered without a caution flag.