GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 15, 2018) – Mark Dobmeier has been a part of many season openers at River Cities Speedway, but none may be as memorable as this year’s. There were many emotions surrounding Dobmeier’s first race as a team owner. Relief that he had gotten to this point, excitement for the first race and, perhaps, nervousness with the race being his first laps in the new equipment.
“It was probably one of my proudest moments to pull a truck and trailer into River Cities Speedway on Friday,” said Dobmeier. “A month ago I never thought that would even be an option. I can’t thank my friends, family and fans enough for all their help to make this happen in such a short period of time.”
Once on track, it didn’t take Dobmeier long to find his groove.
“The car felt pretty good right away,” he said. “It’s a different chassis and motor than what I’m used to, but it’s still a Sprint Car. We threw a basic set up at it and got it rocking and rolling right away.”
After finishing third in the heat, Dobmeier and the crew went to work on the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 13. “We made a few adjustments for the feature and definitely found some more speed,” said Dobmeier.
Dobmeier started fourth in the feature but quickly made his way up to second on the opening lap. The Grand Forks, N.D. driver followed Thomas Kennedy for the first four circuits until the race was halted for a red flag. On the ensuing restart, Dobmeier and Kennedy engaged in a spectacular battle for the lead.
“That was definitely one of the better races I’ve had at River Cities Speedway. It was just good, hard, clean racing,” said Dobmeier. The lead duo swapped the lead eight times in three laps before another caution slowed the field.
On the restart, Dobmeier finally got the better of Kennedy.
“Kennedy elected to take the top on the restart and I thought that was going to be the better lane, but there was just enough moisture on the bottom. The track around the top is a lot longer than it is around the bottom and where he was taking off actually gave me an advantage,” continued Dobmeier.
The driver of the Lustra Motorsports / Dahlstrom Motors machine took the lead on lap six and never looked back. Dobmeier cruised to his 131st career River Cities Speedway win by over four seconds.
This Friday, Dobmeier tentatively plans on running at River Cities Speedway with the Buffalo Wild Wing Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA).
Mark and the entire Team 13 Racing crew would like to thank all their sponsors for their support!
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