Sprint driver Bob Martin characterized his racing Thursday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo as horrible.
Just one night later, it was all but forgotten.
Martin held off a hard-charging Thomas Kennedy of Winnipeg by 43-hundredths of a second to win the 25-lap feature on Friday at River Cities Speedway.
Martin's No. 10 sprint led almost the entire race, but Kennedy went into Turn 4 of the final lap side-by-side with the East Grand Forks driver. However, Martin accelerated ahead of Kennedy down the final straightaway to take the checkered flag.
"I didn't see him, but I heard him," Martin said. "I knew it was going to be tight."
Lou Kennedy Jr. finished third, while Wade Nygaard and Chris Shirek followed.
"This car has been a handful to say the least," Martin said. "My guys did a great job. They worked all day today to get this thing turned around. We were horrible last night. But we found a bunch of things wrong today and got it turned around."
Until the final lap, Martin was rarely challenged. Casey Mack ran most of the race in the top three, but with seven laps to go Mack spun out of Turn 1 as he was on Martin's heels.
That opened the door for Kennedy, who put pressure on Martin after a restart with four laps to go.
Martin picked up his second feature victory of the season. He was able to take advantage of a field that was without dominant driver Mark Dobmeier.
Dobmeier, who had won four straight sprint features at RCS, was racing in Sioux Falls this weekend.
In the late models division, Winnipeg's Ricky Weiss won the feature. Tom Corcoran finished second, followed by Joey Pederson, Joel Cryderman and Brad Seng.
Lance Schill took the checkered flag in the Midwest modified feature, but he was later disqualified for missing a required panel on his car. As a result, Mekinock's Aaron Olson was declared the winner.
In the streets division, Joe Potter won his fifth feature of the season. In keeping tradition, Potter climbed the fencing along the grandstand and waved the checkered flag to the crowd.