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Austin Pierce remains on a hot streak as he wins another sprint feature at River Cities Speedway

It was the fifth-straight win for Pierce

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Grand Forks NOSA driver Austin Pierce waves the checkered flag after clinching the sprints feature win at River Cities Speedway on Friday, September 3, 2021. Wayne Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Austin Pierce had the fastest sprint car at River Cities Speedway on Friday night.

That was true the last time sprints raced at RCS. And the time before that.

And that statement doesn’t stop there..

Pierce won his fifth-straight sprint feature at The Bullring -- turning in a dominating performance from the pole as he held off the track’s all-time winningest driver -- Mark Dobmeier -- to claim his eighth overall win of the season.

Pierce led in the early going, only to get passed by Dobmeier with 12 laps to go. Two laps later, Pierce got past Dobmeier in Turns 3 and 4 and wasn’t threatened the rest of the way.

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Pierce had the fastest lap time of 11.196 seconds and beat Dobmeier to the flag stand by 0.835 seconds.

“I couldn’t see Mark but I could hear him during the middle of the race,” said Pierce. “So I knew I had to figure something out. He got by me and I knew he would go to the top. He did. But I knew the bottom of (Turns) 3 and 4 was, for my car, hooked up. I knew if I stayed on the gas I could drive it through the whole corner.”

Pierce has been dominant at RCS from the start of the season. He’s raced 17 nights overall this season, winning eight times.

“I have an awesome crew, an awesome race car and awesome engines,” said Pierce. “Everything is working so good with the motors and the suspension.”

Pierce now has his sights set on winning the inaugural Wayne Anderson Cup, a series of four races this season at RCS in honor of the late founder of the track.

The final leg of that series is set for next Friday night during the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational.

Jade Hastings finished third in the sprint feature, followed by Nick Ranten and Brendan Mullen.

An inch of rain fell in Grand Forks on Thursday, leaving RCS personnel scrambling to get the track race ready.

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The track was prepared in time and the race surface was one of the fastest of the season.

Dustin Strand had a fast race car in the late model feature as he utilized lapped traffic to pick up the win. With nine laps to go, Strand overtook Joey Pederson for the lead. He then held off Brad Seng in the closing laps..

Strand won by 2.151 seconds. Pederson was third, followed by Cole Schill and Jason Strand.

“The track was really fast,” said Strand. “We had two, three good lanes. You could run the top, middle and the bottom. It was a lot of fun.

Lapped traffic played a big role in the feature.

“Joey was really good on the bottom,” said Strand. “Lapped traffic helped me out.”

The win could also serve as a big momentum-booster for Strand as the annual Seitz Invitational is on the horizon.

“It builds momentum and confidence,” said Strand of the win.

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Wingless sprints also raced at RCS. The 20-lap feature was won by Adam Sobolik, who captured his eighth overall feature win of the season.

Sobolik started on the front row and led the entire race, beating Ken Hron to the flag stand by 1.644 seconds. He also had the fastest lap time of 13.163 seconds.

Jamie Dietzler returned to Victory Lane at RCS for the first time this season as he won the 20-lap Midwest modified feature. Reise Stenberg was second, followed by Matt Schow, Jory Berg and Zach Bruer.

Justin Vogel of Brooten, Minn., won the streets feature, with Ryan Johnson, John Halvorson, Joe Potter and Daniel Aberle rounding out the top five.

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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