Mark Dobmeier – 2 for 3 on the Weekend!
It was a typical schedule for the Grand Forks, North Dakota native, Mark Dobmeier as he raced his home track of River Cities Speedway on Friday night, followed by the long trek to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday and then back up to Huset’s Speedway in Brandon for Sunday nights weekly 410 show.
Every year, River Cities Speedway holds a Track Champion night, in which the winner of the event is crowned the “River Cities Track Champion,” not to be confused with the typical Track Points Champion that is calculated at the end of the year.
Friday night was Track Champion Night for River Cities Speedway and “Dynamite” Dobmeier started out the night with more confidence as ever; the team’s success there this year has been second to none, winning 7 of the 13 regular scheduled events. Starting on the inside second row for the heat race, Dobmeier quickly grabbed second and finished behind heat race winner Bob Martin in the 10TR car. From the inside of the third row, Mark raced up to the lead about half-way through the Main Event, and stayed up front winning his 8th feature event at River Cities Speedway and was crowned 2010 River Cities Speedway Track Champion.
“We were fast on Friday,” explains Dobmeier. “River Cities is our home track and it’s where I cut my teeth back when I first started, so it is a lot of fun to be quick here. Our fans are the best here in Grand Forks, and whenever we can put on a show like this it makes all of us amongst Lunstra/Dobmeier Motorsports feel great!”
Following win number 12 of the 2010 season, it was off to Knoxville, where the team has had both bad and good luck. Mark began the night qualifying 12th quick with a 15.331out of the 21 cars and with a third place start in the heat, Dobmeier dropped back one spot to finish fourth behind Pleasantville, Iowa native Rager Phillips.
Dobmeier was set to start 13th for the Main Event, but going into turn one there was a bad wreck involving seven cars, taking out the Senske & Son Right Choice Electric’s #13 top wing and rear end. Mark took the car to the work area, and the dedicated crew worked hard to get the car fixed and was able to don a new top wing, jacobs ladder and a rear wheel to get the sprinter back on the race track. The rear axle was bent, so Dobmeier knew it was going to be a struggle throughout the remaining laps.
“We just got clipped in that turn one wreck,” says Mark after finishing 12th in the Main Event. “The guys’ worked their tail off to get the car fixed during that red, but the rear axle was bent and it was shaking the car really bad as we raced. I just tried to hold on and collect as many points as I could, and we ended up with a 12th place finish. It wasn’t what we were looking for, but that happens, and when it does you just have to make the best of it!”
Huset’s Speedway was next, and it was all Dobmeier as he made Quick Time for the third time in a row at the “Home of the Professionals”, finished fourth to previous week’s race winner Chuck Mcgillivary in the heat race and set up to start on the pole for the 25 lap Main Event.
At the drop of the green, Dobmeier took off and never looked back as he lapped up to fourth place by the time of the checkered flag. Dobmeier mentions that he noticed on the scoreboard that the 56 of Johnn Cressman was in second, and that he could see Johnn going into the corner as he came out, so he knew they were fast.
The victory at Huset’s Speedway marked the 13th win of the season for Lunstra/Dobmeier Motorsports and the Senske & Son Right Choice Electric #13.
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