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Mark Dobmeier's win, dramatic finishes highlight another night of racing at River Cities Speedway

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Grand Forks racer Mark Dobmeier careens around a turn at Grand Forks' River Cities Speedway during a NOSA sprints heat race on Friday, September 2, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – Mark Dobmeier has won more sprint races than anyone at River Cities Speedway. Rarely does he start on the pole. And many times, it doesn’t matter where he starts.

On Friday night at RCS, Dobmeier started on the front row.

So, the outcome really wasn’t in doubt, considering The Bullring track prep crew provided another fast surface.

Dobmeier led from start to finish in taking the 25-lap feature on the track’s season championship night. Jade Hastings finished second, followed by Tim Estenson, Brendan Mullen and Riley Goodno, who made the trip from Knoxville, Iowa.

“The track has been great out here,” said Dobmeier. “They’ve taken their time to prepare the track and I know it slows the program down sometimes but it makes it a heck of a lot of fun to race. The track was great; you could run the top and the bottom. When I: was on the top, I was basically wide open all the way around.”

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Electronic timing was not available Friday night, but Dobmeier posted an unofficial lap time of 10.78 seconds 10 laps into the feature, indicating a fast track.

Dramatic finishes were the norm in the Midwest modified and late model 20-lap features.

And Lance Schill was involved in both.

In the Midwest modifieds feature, Jory Berg held off Schill, winning by roughly a couple of feet.

Berg and Schill were basically side-by-side in the closing laps but Berg held on for the win.

Berg said there was no way he was going to get beat as he searched for his first win of the season,

“It was either I was winning or he was wrecking,” said Berg in Victory Lane. “It was good, hard racing. I wasn’t going to give an inch and he wasn’t going to give an inch. That’s the way it went and it worked out for us.”

Schill, however, won the late model feature in another dramatic finish.

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He started on the pole but had to fend off a handful of challenges from Joey Pederson and Brad Seng – two of the top drivers at the track for years.

A few restarts didn’t make it easy for Schill.

Pederson finished second, followed by Brody Troftgruben, Seng and Ryan Corbett.

“We had two of the best behind me,” said Schill, referring to Pederson and Seng. “They’re fighting for a (track) championship and I’m just trying to run away and hide. We come here to put on a good show and make sure everyone is happy.”

In the street 20-lap feature, Tucker Pederson took the lead with 10 laps to go and won for the fourth time this season at RCS. Trey Hess finished second, followed by Aaron Blacklance. It was Pederson’s 10th win of the season.

An extra class competed at RCS as well.

The Northern Renegade Sprint series drew 21 wingless sprints to the track.

In another dramatic finish, Mike Mueller of the Twin Cities edged Nick DaRonco at the flag stand for the win.

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The track will host the 16th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational starting on Thursday and concluding with a 92-lap, $9,200-to-win feature Saturday night.

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Wingless sprints drivers Mike Mueller (87), Doug McCambridge (15B), Rob Caho Jr. (78) and Eric Guyot speed through turn four at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks during a heat race on Friday, September 2, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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WISSOTA Late Models driver Lance Schill (17) speeds past Dan McNamee around the Bullring at Grand Forks' River Cities Speedway on Friday, September 2, 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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