GRAND FORKS, N.D. (August 22, 2018) – If there’s one Sprint Car race in the world that Mark Dobmeier wants to win, it’s a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event at his home track, River Cities Speedway. Last Friday night, the World of Outlaws made their final appearance of the season to the high-banked three-tenths mile bullring and, to the delight of the near-capacity crowd, Dobmeier finished second in the A-main. On Saturday, Team 13 Racing followed the Outlaws to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, where Dobmeier finished 13th.
“It feels really good to finish second here,” said Dobmeier after the race on Friday at River Cities. “But it’s a little frustrating at the same time. We knew we’d have a good car in the feature, but our goal early in the night was to qualify well, get through our heat and make it into the dash. We didn’t do that so we had to start 17th in the feature. We got lucky with a couple yellows and a couple breakdowns in front of us, but we took every opportunity we could get. We had some restarts that led to some pretty dicey moves, but we were able to advance up to second place,” said Dobmeier, who went four wide to pass two cars in one corner on one restart and went from fifth to second on the next by running the extreme high side of the speedway.
The final caution flew with four laps to go which put Dobmeier right on the rear nurf bar of Donny Schatz for the restart. The two best Sprint Car drivers from the state of North Dakota would settle it in a four-lap dash.
“I was wishing it would have been a double-file restart,” said Dobmeier. “That’s about the only chance I would have had to get around him. I had used up my tires early in the race to get up to second from 17th. I was actually just hoping the tire was going to live. I knew [Schatz] wasn’t going to make a mistake and he didn’t so we had to settle for second.”
On Saturday Mark’s son, Jaxson, drew the number three pill for qualifying. Dobmeier went out and laid down the second quickest time of the night.
Dobmeier faded in the heat and finished fourth, which put him 11th on the grid for the main event.
“Towards the beginning, I was doing really well and passing cars. Somewhere in the middle of the race I think I just got to the end of my tires again and faded. We had to settle for 13th. We’ll take it, it was a good solid weekend for our team.”
On Friday, Dobmeier heads back to River Cities Speedway as the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints resume their schedule. Entering the weekend, Dobmeier has six wins on the season at the Bullring.
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