Mark Dobmeier to again take on the Outlaws at RCS

Grand Forks sprint car driver Mark Dobmeier kicks up dirt as he rounds the edge of a turn at River Cities Speedway on Friday night. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
Grand Forks sprint car driver Mark Dobmeier kicks up dirt as he rounds the edge of a turn at River Cities Speedway on Friday night. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Maybe No. 13 will be lucky for Mark Dobmeier on Friday night.

Dobmeier drives the No. 13 Buffalo Wild Wings sprint car and has been top driver at River Cities Speedway for years. He also has three World of Outlaws feature wins to his credit -- winning at Huset’s Speedway near Sioux Falls, S.D., and in Knoxville, Iowa.

The Outlaws return to RCS on Friday night -- marking the 13th straight year the country’s top sprint car circuit will race at The Bullring.

Will Dobmeier drive his No. 13 sprint into Victory Lane after the 40-lap, $10,000-to-win feature?

It’s the one race Dobmeier desperately wants to win. And he nearly won the WoO feature last August at The Bullring -- charging from the 17th starting position before pushing winner Donny Schatz during the final few laps of one of the more thrilling WoO features at RCS since the circuit started racing in Grand Forks in 2007.


Dobmeier likely will be in the mix for a win Friday night as will Schatz -- the 10-time WoO champion and 2019 points leader. Schatz has won 10 WoO features at RCS, including nine of the past 11.

The WoO race last August at RCS is one that is still talked about.

The final laps were among the most thrilling of the 2018 season at RCS.

“I drove the wheels off that car,” recalled Dobmeier. “He had me covered the final few laps. I figured I could get him if he made a mistake. By Donny doesn’t make mistakes.”

Schatz hasn’t made many mistakes this season, either, as the Fargo driver again is leading the points race.

Schatz has three wins so far this season. Brad Sweet, who has two wins, is in second place while Daryn Pittman and David Gravel are third and fourth, respectively.

The Outlaws races in Fairbury, Ill., on Tuesday night.

And it wasn’t one of the 13 full-time regulars on the Outlaws’ circuit who took the win. NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, who got his racing start in sprints, won the feature.


Once again, the NLRA late models will complement the Outlaws on Friday night. In recent seasons, Schatz has dominated the late model field as well. He won both NLRA features during the WoO appearances at RCS in 2018.

The car count for the Outlaws again is expected to be solid. RCS officials estimate between 30 and 35 sprints will compete.

Also Friday, Kasey Kahne, who retired from NASCAR competition at the end of the 2018 season, will be a special guest at RCS.

Kahne will be signing autographs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the track.

Kahne also is the owner of the car that will be driven Friday night by Daryn Pittman.

Past WoO feature winners at RCS

  • 2007 -- Joey Saldana

  • 2008 -- Donny Schatz

  • 2009 -- Donny Schatz, Craig Dollansky

  • 2010 -- Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana

  • 2011 -- Craig Dollansky (2), Steve Kinser

  • 2012 -- Kraig Kinser, Sammy Swindell

  • 2013 -- Cody Darrah, Donny Schatz

  • 2014 -- Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman

  • 2015 -- Donny Schatz (2)

  • 2016 -- Donny Schatz (2)

  • 2017 -- David Gravel, Donny Schatz

  • 2018 -- Donny Schatz (2)

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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