GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 8, 2019) – Mark Dobmeier and the Buffalo Wild Wings / Lunstra Motorsports team made the trek to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa for the second time this season on Saturday night.
The event began with Dobmeier timing in 18th quick out of the 31 cars in attendance.
“We’ve been battling a few issues this year and we finally got a good package going,” said Dobmeier. “Our qualifying effort didn’t show it on Saturday. In the heat race, we felt like we had a decent car and we were able to dial it in more for the feature. I felt like it was one of the best cars we’ve had at Knoxville for quite some time. The crew worked hard on the car all night long.”
After finishing second in his heat, Dobmeier was mired back in 17th at the start of the main event.
“Right away within the first lap we were passing cars,” he said. “We got up to around 10th when Gio Scelzi got stuck in the middle and I was going around the outside of him. Somebody snuck to the inside of Scelzi and he didn’t know I was outside of him. He came up to the top quick to grab the cushion and I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was just a racing deal. Scelzi didn’t do anything wrong. We bounced wheels and I thought I was going to save it after I bounced off the wall, but it hooked and I went end over end a couple of times.”
Dobmeier was credited with a 22nd place finish, but was still pleased with how the night went overall.
“I’m happy to finally get some racing in. Hopefully, this weather will start cooperating and we can start clicking off some full weekends of racing. I feel pretty happy with where the team is at right now. We are starting to get some stuff to work. Our results weren’t reflective of that earlier this year, but I have a good feeling things are about to turn around,” he said.
Dobmeier made the tow down to Knoxville on April 20th for the track’s season opener. Dobmeier, a 14-time winner at the Sprint Car Capital of the World, transferred into the main event by way of a third-place run in the B-main. From there, Dobmeier charged to a 17th place finish.