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Austin Pierce holds off RCS career-win leader Mark Dobmeier to win NOSA feature

Late surge carries Joey Pederson to late model win

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Sprints driver Austin Pierce (2A) slides through turn four past Mark Dobmeier during a heat race at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – Austin Pierce knew Mark Dobmeier was right behind him, making his lead in Friday night’s 25-lap NOSA feature at River Cities Speedway tenuous.

It’s tough enough winning at The Bullring. It’s even tougher when the track’s career win leader is poised to take the lead.

But Pierce hung on, holding off Dobmeier to claim his third feature this season at RCS. Overall, it was his 48th career win.

Pierce started on the front row and led throughout, but Dobmeier made the final few laps interesting.

On a restart with 10 laps to go, Dobmeier made his move, trying a slider in Turn 2. He almost took the lead.

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“Mark is a good, clean racer and I figured he’d give me the room in Turn 2,” said Pierce. “He heard me up there but held his line. It was good racing by both of us.

“I was getting worried on the restarts. He was going to figure it out in Turns 3 and 4 eventually. I spun my tires a little bit and the motor stumbled a little bit. But it cleaned out and we were still able to win it.”

Pierce beat Dobmeier to the flag stand by 0.61 seconds. His fastest lap time was 11.097 seconds. Brendan Mullen finished third, followed by Jade Hastings and Wade Nygaard.

Track conditions made for another good sprint feature at RCS.

“The track was awesome but the cushion was a little choppy,” said Pierce, who now has three wins this season in eight nights of racing.

In the 20-lap late model feature, Joey Pederson made a late-race surge to take the checkered flag.

With five laps to go, Pederson took to the high groove and sped past Brad Seng on the back straightaway. It was his fastest lap of the race as Pederson posted a time of 13.891 seconds.

After passing Seng, Pederson was in control, edging Seng by 1.045 seconds. Last week’s winner, Jason Stand, was third followed by Ryan Corbett and Lance Schill.

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“I committed to running high the last five-six laps,” said Pederson. “That’s where you had to be if you wanted to be fast. I knew I was fast up top if I could hold on and navigate through the rut.

“I didn’t expect to win once Brad got by me. I didn’t think he would give up the top. The last few laps I definitely pushed the throttle as far as it would go into the firewall. I thought I’d either go off the edge or I was going to win.”

It was Pederson’s second win of the season. “We haven’t raced a whole lot this season," he said. "We’ve raced about 14 times so all-in-all it’s been a good year.”

Three other classes raced Friday night.

Kyle Dykhoff won the streets division; Reise Stenberg captured the Midwest modifieds while Joe Thomas won the modified 20-lap feature.

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Reise Stenberg closes in on fellow WISSOTA Midwest Mods driver Rusty Kollman (2) through a turn during a heat race at Grand Forks' River Cities Speedway on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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WISSOTA Late Model drivers speed past the main grandstand at River Cities Speedway on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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