Dobmeier's Win By .049 Over Hastings is Second Closest in Recorded Sprint History
Grand Forks, N.D. (September 22, 2022) - The 2022 season ended with a bang Friday night, as Mark Dobmeier won the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Blazin' Challenge and the track points title over Jade Hastings in the second closest Sprint feature finish in track history since transponders started being used at the speedway in 2006.
Following his win in the King of the Hill, where eight drivers went head to head in an elimination style tournament to set the starting lineup, Mark Dobmeier's consecutive victories with 9.7 second laps gave him the first option to take the Blazin' Challenge, which sends drivers to the back of the starting lineup in exchange for more prize money if they can still win the race.
Dobmeier was one of six drivers that took the challenge, leaving track point leader Jade Hastings and Zach Omdahl with the front row starting spots to start the 35 lap season finale.
Hastings needed every spot he could get following a DNF's at the previous Saturday's Wayne Anderson Cup finale, and earlier in the night in his heat race. Those results totally erased his point lead, needing to beat Dobmeier in the feature to win the title.
Things looked good for him early, as he led until lap 22 when Tim Estenson lost an engine. Estenson was ok, even though his No. 14T was briefly on fire.
On the restart, Dobmeier, who had climbed from 17th to second, swapped the lead with Hastings throughout the closing laps of the race.
Negotiating through lapped traffic as the white flag flew, the pair crossed the finish line nearly dead even, initiating a scoring review.
Upon further review between track and NOSA series officials, it was determined Dobmeier was the winner of the race and with it the track points title. The margin of victory, by .049 seconds, is the second closest in recorded history. The closest is Bobby Martin over Thomas Kennedy in July 2010 at .043 seconds.
Blake Egeland charged from 15th to third, while 14th starting Brendan Mullen and Shane Roemeling completed the top five.
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