Season Finale Recap, presented by RydellCars.com
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (September 18) - Friday night marked the end of the 2015 season at River Cities Speedway. With the running of the WISSOTA 100 in Huron, SD, no WISSOTA-sanctioned classes were to be run. This allowed some less familiar classes to try their hand at the legendary bullring.
NOSA Sprint Cars:
A trio of third generation Mack drivers led the field of 24 NOSA Sprints to the green flag for their 25-lap main event. Mitch took the lead as brothers, Cory and Casey, battled for the second spot. Casey ultimately won the battle and set his sights on his cousin, Mitch, for the lead. Casey reeled in Mitch on lap six and took the point, while Cory slid in right behind to take second.
Charging through the pack, however, was Grand Forks' Mark Dobmeier. Dobmeier came from the ninth starting position to second in 16 laps and passed Casey Mack for the lead with six circuits remaining. Once out front, Dobmeier jumped out to a comfortable lead as Cory Mack battled back into second.
With three laps to go, Casey Mack and Jade Hastings made contact with each other exiting turn four, which caused both drivers to spin out of control. Mack nearly flipped during the incident, but luckily kept the Paradis' Inc. #8 on all fours.
The ensuing Evergreen Insurance restart resulted in Dobmeier driving away from the field as he took his 112th River Cities Speedway win. Cory and Mitch Mack came home second and third, while Wade Nygaard and Austin Pierce rounded out the top five.
Austin Pierce was crowned the 2015 River Cities Speedway track champion; his second title in as many years.
Nolan Olmstead picked up an RCS record fourth Modified win in Speedway Motors IMCA racing action. The driver of the Devils Lake Speedway sponsored #4N drove from fourth to the lead in just one lap, but had his hands full with Harwood, North Dakota's Michael Greseth. Greseth, a former WISSOTA Mod Four national champion, momentarily took the lead on lap 13, but fell back to third on the following lap as both Olmstead and Rob VanMil drove by.
The race came down to Olmstead and VanMil in the final laps but when the checkers flew, Olmstead beat VanMil across the ND Eye Clinic finish line by a mere 0.046 seconds.
Jerome Guyot, Greseth, and Delos Haugen rounded out the top five.
A field of 10 Lightning Sprints stormed the Bullring for their 15 lap feature. Roland Bernard and Dexter Dvergsten lined up on the front row and Bernard grabbed the opening lap lead. Dvergsten ran in the second position until Wally Butler stole the spot from him on lap 10.
Butler did his best to give Bernard a run for his money, but Bernard was able to lead from flag to flag to pick up his second RCS win of 2015.
Twenty-one INEX Legends flocked to River Cities Speedway for their second visit to the Bullring in 2015. Nate Keena and Ivan Sailer made up the front row of the starting grid, but Steven Kuntz led the opening lap from the fourth starting position.
Casey Henriksen moved into second on lap two, but was passed by seventh place starter, Donavin Wiest on lap seven.
Once out front Kuntz led the remainder of the race, but had to deal with a charge from Wiest in the closing laps. Kuntz held off Wiest by 0.245 seconds at the line when the checkers flew, while Troy Hoff, Henriksen, and Keena rounded out the top five.
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