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RCS: Dobmeier still the one to beat

Will anyone beat Mark Dobmeier this season? "Oh, yeah," Dobmeier said. "It's coming." Well, the rest of the field still has a little work to do after Dobmeier won again Friday night, coming from the 10th starting position to win the 25-lap Outlaw...

Will anyone beat Mark Dobmeier this season?

"Oh, yeah," Dobmeier said. "It's coming."

Well, the rest of the field still has a little work to do after Dobmeier won again Friday night, coming from the 10th starting position to win the 25-lap Outlaw sprint feature at River Cities Speedway.

Dobmeier has won all three features this season at RCS.

For the second straight week, the feature went green to checkered. No caution flags came out and the race was over in approximately 10 minutes.

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The first five minutes, however, belonged to Casey Mack. For the second straight week, Mack bolted out to the early lead, only to have Dobmeier work his way to second place before capitalizing on lapped traffic to pass Mack for the lead.

Dobmeier passed Mack out of Turn 4 with nine laps to go. He didn't have much trouble the rest of the way.

"Casey got pinned on the bottom by a lapped car and I was able to get around him," Dobmeier said. "But Casey is really catching on."

While Mack was out front, Dobmeier and Wade Nygaard both drove hard to reach the front. Nygaard finished second, followed by Mack, Jordan Graham -- who had his best run as a sprint driver at RCS -- and Bob Martin.

"Wade took off like a bullet," Dobmeier said. "I was just trying to keep up with him early in the race."

Nygaard said there wasn't much more he could do to catch Dobmeier after he grabbed the lead.

"I don't know how to make the car any better," Nygaard said. "I just made one mistake in lapped traffic and Mark gained on me.

"Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't."

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In the second sprint heat race, Dobmeier was not a factor.

But there was nothing wrong with his No. 13 sprint.

"They got a two-lane track for the feature," Dobmeier said. "They worked the track (during intermission) and got enough to get two lanes to race on."

In the first heat race, Shane Roemeling and Dan Wiskow were involved in a nasty accident. Roemeling's car flipped violently, but the Grand Forks driver walked away from the wreck. But he was done for the night.

For the second straight week, Joey Pederson won the 20-lap late model feature, coming from the sixth starting spot.

Pederson passed Troy Schill for the lead with 11 laps to go. Pederson ran the high groove while Schill stayed low.

Pederson passed Schill as both came out of Turn 4.

"This car works well on the high line," Pederson said.

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While the features in both the late models and sprints took little time, that wasn't the case in the Midwest modifieds.

For the second straight week, the 18-lap feature was cut short due to a high number of caution flags.

Dustin Strand won the race, his first of the season at RCS.

Strand is one of the area's top Midwest modified drivers as he had seven feature wins before his first of the season at RCS.

"This was overdue," Strand said.

Aaron Olson, who challenged Strand on the final lap, finished second, followed by Patrick Sobolik.

There was a wild moment in the 12-lap street feature, won by Steffen Snare.

On the first lap, Bryce Reimer's car rolled on the front straightaway.

Snare was followed by James Wall, Greg Neumann, Dan McNamee and Aaron BlackLance.

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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