AUTO RACING: Streak buster
For 20 laps, No. 9 was looking fine. All that matters, however, is who leads Lap 25 at River Cities Speedway. Austin Pierce capitalized on Mark Dobmeier's misfortune Friday night, winning a five-lap shootout with Casey Mack to win his first sprin...
For 20 laps, No. 9 was looking fine.
All that matters, however, is who leads Lap 25 at River Cities Speedway.
Austin Pierce capitalized on Mark Dobmeier's misfortune Friday night, winning a five-lap shootout with Casey Mack to win his first sprint feature of the season at The Bullring before nearly 3,000 fans.
Dobmeier was going for his ninth-straight win at RCS and was in control of another victory when the right rear rim broke on his No. 13 sprint on Lap 20. The break occurred on Turn 2, bringing out the caution flag.
"It's really hard to win here," said Pierce in Victory Lane. "It took some misfortune but we capitalized when it happened."
Casey Mack assumed the lead after Dobmeier's break. On Lap 22, Pierce went to the high side on Turn 2 and grabbed the lead from Mack. Pierce edged Mack by 2.054 seconds and had a top lap time of 11.378 seconds (94.920 mph).
"We were running pretty good with Mark and Casey earlier," said Pierce. "Casey nearly passed Mark by running the bottom. I figured Casey would commit to the bottom. I thought I could get a run on him.
"The track was amazing. The guys did an awesome job with it."
Dobmeier came into the night with eight-straight wins at RCS and he also has won the past four features at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D.
However, it wasn't the first time this season he's experienced trouble with the right rear rim.
"That's the the third time this season that's happened," he said of a cracked rim. "This time, it cost us a race. We have to get that figured out."
Mack finished second, followed by Jordan Adams, Wade Nygaard and Bob Martin.
Adams led the early laps before Dobmeier, who started ninth, grabbed the lead on Lap 7.
For the second straight week, Dustin Strand pulled out a dramatic win in the late model division.
The Grand Forks driver started eighth but stormed his way to the front, taking the lead from Shane Edginton on Lap 14.
Earlier, the two made contact out of Turn 4 racing for the lead. Both made great saves as both drivers nearly had their car sideways on the front straight-away.
"I was side-by-side with Shane when he saw the hole out of Turn 4," said Strand. "There were two lapped cars above him. He shot down on the track and I was already as low as I could go. We touched a little and I thought it was over there."
Strand posted the fastest lap time of the race (12.000, 90.000 mph) and beat Bill Mooney to the flagstand by 0.720 seconds. Edginton was third, followed by Zach Naastad and Mike Balcaen.
"I didn't think we were going to make it, starting eighth," said Strand. "It was an up-on-the-wheel deal and lapped traffic played a role."
Lance Schill won the 18-lap Midwest modified feature. Rick Hamel was second, 1.611 seconds behind Schill. Jeremy Lizakowski finished third, followed by Austin Hunter and Reise Stenberg.
Ryan Flaten captured the 15-lap streets feature, which went green-to-checkered without a yellow flag.
Flaten started fourth and had to hold off a late charge from Ryan Johnson, who finished 0.768 seconds behind the winner.
Bryce Reimer finished third, followed by Travis Robertson and Steven Richards.
"It seemed like we could go anywhere on the track," said Flaten.