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Dobmeier wins 70th feature at RCS

There were a couple of new feature winners Friday night at River Cities Speedway, but it was the same old story in the big race at the end. Mark Dobmeier, who started eighth, pulled away to win his 13th feature of the season and the 70th of his c...

There were a couple of new feature winners Friday night at River Cities Speedway, but it was the same old story in the big race at the end.

Mark Dobmeier, who started eighth, pulled away to win his 13th feature of the season and the 70th of his career at RCS.

The sprint feature was marred early with a couple of red flags, but that didn't slow Dobmeier's progress. He passed six cars in the first three laps and took the lead from Wade Nygaard with 18 laps to go in the 25-lap feature.

Dobmeier then masterfully maneuvered his way through lapped traffic to grab the checkered flag. Dobmeier lapped all but three cars in the field: second-place Bob Martin, third-place Nygaard and fourth-place David Glennon.

Second-year driver Chris Ranten, of Fisher, Minn., finished fifth in the feature. It was his best feature finish at RCS.

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"My hat is off to RCS, they made a heck of a track," Dobmeier said. "You could run the high side and you could run the low side. That made for great racing."

It also made for several wrecks, especially in the sprint division. There were 20 sprint cars at RCS, but only 12 finished the feature. Tom Egeland, who was supposed to be on the pole, did not start the race because of car troubles.

In the last late model race at RCS before the $9,200-to-win John Seitz Memorial, Grand Forks' Troy Schill held off points leader Joey Pederson to get the checkered flag.

Schill, who ran an unofficial track record lap of :12.381, won his second RCS feature of the summer and first since June. He started fourth and moved to the front with 13 laps to go.

"We started out a little slow, but in the feature, we were pretty good," Schill said.

Brad Seng, who won both his heat and the late model feature last week, was involved in a bad wreck during the feature.

The Grand Forks driver, second in points at RCS, got together with Cody Skytland and flipped upside down on the front stretch. Seng walked away from the accident and had words with Skytland on the track.

In the Midwest modified division, Mike Anderson dominated both his heat and feature race, winning by big margins in both.

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Lance Schill, Rod Peterson, Brock Gronwold and Todd Johnson - the second- through fifth-place finishers - never threatened Anderson, a driver from West Fargo who is racing at RCS for just the second time this summer.

"It feels awesome, we're going to celebrate tonight," Anderson said.

John Halverson, who usually drives a late model at RCS, rolled out a street stock for the second time at RCS this summer to show off a car he's trying to sell.

He did that in a big way, winning the feature race.

Halverson held off Nicholas Klein, Rick Schulz and Greg Neumann to grab the checkered flag.

"We've run just about every class there is," said Halverson, who won a late model feature at RCS this summer. "I'm basically running this car for a friend of mine, trying to sell it for him.

"The track is really nice right now, smooth and tacky."

Points leader Steffan Snare started in the back of the pack after going into the wall during the heat race. He earned the hard charger award for the night, going from 17th to seventh.

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Notes: NHL players Matt Greene (Los Angeles Kings) and Mike Commodore (Columbus Blue Jackets), who are in town to participate in Brad Berry's pro hockey camp, attended the races on Friday and threw candy to youths during the intermission. . . . In the second sprint heat race, there was a nasty wreck that ruined the car of 16-year-old driver Austen Wheatley of Lake Stevens, Wash. Wheatley got into the wall with Ryan Wilson and three of the four tires

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