GRAND FORKS, N.D. (July 19, 2023) - It was a banner week for Mark Dobmeier and the entire Buffalo Wild Wings / Lunstra Motorsports crew, as four straight top fives and two feature victories kept the No. 13 machine in front of every points chase from River Cities to Huset's, and in the three-day King of the Wings points challenge, where Dobmeier helped the Northern Outlaw Sprint Association sweep the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints.
Dobmeier's week started at I-94 emr Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, where he and only a handful of other drivers had ever turned a lap at the three-eighths mile oval. Dobmeier's 15th place run in 2014 with the World of Outlaws being his only previous experience at the track, Dobmeier started Thursday's event sixth quickest in his qualifying group and with a heat win, setting up an appearance in one of the dashes.
Winning the second dash saw Dobmeier start on the outside of the front row in the first 30 lap feature of the week. Dobmeier took the lead at the start and led until the leaders caught lapped traffic just six laps into the race.
Brenham Crouch, the IRA point leader whom Dobmeier started outside of at the start, peeked to the inside for the lead in turn one on lap seven, but didn't take the top spot until a pass down the backstretch on the following circuit.
Dobmeier lost a bit of ground in traffic until a caution on lap 14 bunched the field back together. Dobmeier remained second through another caution with 13 laps left, but moved into the lead when Crouch caught the wall and flattened a right rear tire with nine to go.
Dobmeier fended off a slide job by Tim Estenson on the ensuing restart and began to build a lead until the final caution, which was a red flag with five left on the scoreboard.
With the fuel cell nearly dry on the final trip around the speedway, Dobmeier held on to win his third feature of the season.
“[I-94 Speedway] reminds me a little bit of Huset’s Speedway, with the wall on the outside,” Dobmeier said in victory lane post-race. “It holds a little bit of moisture there and especially coming out of [turn] four. Kind of a nerve-racking race, though. We got going off the start there and then [the car] actually dropped a cylinder about three laps in. It was kind of missing on seven cylinders, so they got by me. I'm like, “should I pull in?” And I was like, “it's something like a plug wire or something,” So I kept going and to have a little fortune with [Crouch] having a blown tire, we made the best of it, but we couldn't have any more laps. I ran out of fuel on the last lap, too. Last time going into one and two it started coughing and it got worse in three and four, but luckily, we had enough momentum to get back up front.”
Dobmeier returned to River Cities on Friday night where he started third quick in his qualifying group, and with another heat and dash win, earning him the pole position for the second 30 lapper of the weekend.
Dobmeier fended off fellow front row starter Jade Hastings in the opening laps and continued to lead in lapped traffic until a lap nine caution. Dobmeier was spared a second stint through lapped traffic with another yellow with 18 left on the scoreboard and continued to lead following a third slowdown at the midway point.
Second running Austin Pierce briefly caught Dobmeier in traffic with less than ten circuits left, but Dobmeier opened up another lead until the final caution with five to go. Pierce attempted to slide Dobmeier for the lead in turns three and four as the pair came to the sight of the white flag, but Dobmeier continued on to take his second win of the weekend.
“First off, hats off to River Cities Speedway for giving us a great track to put on a great show and yeah, what a race,” Dobmeier said at the start of his second trip to victory lane in as many nights. “I started on the pole, so you just kind of get comfortable where you’re at and start running. I didn't want to see the restart with five to go. I knew we're gonna catch lapped cars in five laps, and sure enough I hiccupped on one, and then Austin was able to pounce on me. But I was able to get a good run on them and sneak by him on the front stretch again.”
On the final night of the King of the Wings, Dobmeier was quickest in his qualifying group, finished second in his heat, and fourth in the dash, setting up a starting spot on the outside of the fourth row.
Dobmeier didn’t break into the top five until the final ten laps of the race, making a pair of passes on Jack Croaker and Josh Schneiderman with 10 to go to move into fifth. Dobmeier made a final attempt to improve his finish, sliding Brendan Mullen for third on the penultimate restart with five circuits remaining, but continued on to finish fourth.
Dobmeier's wins and the fourth place run on the final night were enough to win the King of the Wings title belt.
Dobmeier wrapped up the weekend with another trip to South Dakota's Huset's Speedway where he kicked off the night 11th in time trials and with his third heat win of the week, setting up an outside row two starting spot in the 25 lap A Main.
Falling to as low as tenth with only ten laps left in the race, Dobmeier made four passes before a red flag with three laps left and went on to roar around the outside of Justin Henderson in the closing laps to finish fifth and retain the point lead at the track.
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Top 5’s: 11
Top 10’s: 18