GRAND FORKS, N.D. (September 7, 2018) – For the second time in as many years, Mark Dobmeier was the king of the Bullring Friday night as he charged from the tail of the field to win the $8,200 Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Challenge at River Cities Speedway.
“It’s a race we look forward to all year long. Buffalo Wild Wings puts a lot of effort and dollars into this race to put on a good show at the end of the year. It’s something we work towards all season long so it kind of brews into a big season finale so to say,” said Dobmeier.
Dobmeier finished second in the dash, which made him eligible to start in the back row of the feature, and he gladly accepted.
“It probably wasn’t the most desirable night to take the back row challenge because of all of the rain the track received the night before and the morning of,” said Dobmeier. “I was surprised they even got the races in and River Cities did a spectacular job of getting the place even ready to race. We had to pit across the street from the race track just to have room and to stay on the concrete. The track was heavy because of the rain, but a couple lanes opened up and it got to be pretty racy.”
Starting inside of row 10 in 19th, Dobmeier tore through the field at the drop of the green flag. The Grand Forks driver ran in the fourth position by lap five and held the runner-up spot at the halfway point of the 30 lapper.
“Thomas [Kennedy] was ripping through the field pretty good. I was a couple cars behind him and we made our way up into first and second. We had a good battle going. We are flying through lapped cars, there was a lot of slicing and dicing, a lot of back and forth… it was just a good fun race. He left me a hole in turn one and I took it. He tried closing the door on me but we were too far there. It was just good, hard, clean racing really. But we bumped wheels and we ended on top of each other and I was able to keep it going afterwards, which was 100 percent pure luck.”
Dash winner, Jade Hastings briefly challenged Dobmeier in the closing laps, but Dobmeier held on to claim his eighth River Cities Speedway win of the season and 11th overall.
On Saturday, Dobmeier pulled double duty at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. Dobmeier ran his Buffalo Wild Wings No. 13 in the IRA portion and wheeled the Pat Donahue No. 34DD. A mechanical issue during IRA time trials led to a 22nd place effort. That put Dobmeier 12th at the start of the feature. He battled his way up to fifth, but cut a tire with four laps to go and smacked the wall, bringing his night to an end.
In the 360, Dobmeier charged from 18th to finish eighth. “A big thanks to Pat Donahue for giving me the opportunity to run double duty. Overall, we had a good car but if we would have had one more race to work together on it, I think we could have been a lot better.”
This weekend, Dobmeier will head back to River Cities for double features. Along with the regularly scheduled NOSA season finale, the August 31st make-up feature will also be run.
Mark and the entire Team 13 Racing crew would like to thank all their sponsors for their support!
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