By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (July 12, 2019) – Austin Pierce raced to his second consecutive River Cities Speedway win with the Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprints. Brendan Mullen and Mark Dobmeier led the field of twenty 410 Sprint Cars to the green flag, with Mullen racing to the lead on the opening lap.
Mullen, a 16-year-old second-year Sprint Car pilot, held off multiple slide job attempts by Dobmeier in the early stages. Mullen began to encounter lapped traffic on lap five. He entered high in turns one and two to get around a lapped car, but slid off the track to bring out the caution.
Dobmeier inherited the lead on the restart and showed the way until Pierce charged forward to challenge him. Dobmeier, who is normally unbeatable in lapped traffic, got held up by a lapped car, which allowed Pierce to take the lead at the halfway point of the 25-lap feature.
Dobmeier battled back with a slide job, but Pierce eventually cleared the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 13 to take the position. Two laps later, last Saturday’s winner at Greenbush Race Park, Nick Omdahl, moved past Dobmeier for second. With five to go, Dobmeier came storming back to the front as he moved by Omdahl and reeled in Pierce for the lead. At the white flag, Dobmeier dove to the inside of turns one and two to pull even with Pierce, but Pierce’s momentum was the difference. Pierce held on to claim his second win of the season as Dobmeier and Chris Ranten rounded out the podium.
“It’s awesome to be able to run with that 13 car. He seems to be unbeatable but we might be catching up a little bit,” said Pierce in RydellCars.com Victory Lane.
Lap Leaders: Brendan Mullen (1-5), Mark Dobmeier (6-13), Austin Pierce (14-25)
Hard Charger: Jack Croaker (+10)
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2A-Austin Pierce, ; 2. 13-Mark Dobmeier, ; 3. 27-Chris Ranten, ; 4. 0-Nick Omdahl, ; 5. 9N-Wade Nygaard, ; 6. 20A-Jordan Adams, ; 7. 8H-Jade Hastings, ; 8. 8C-Jack Croaker, ; 9. 55-Nick Ranten, ; 10. 26-Blake Egeland, ; 11. 13T-Ty Hanten, ; 12. 31-Shane Roemeling, ; 13. 99-Jordan Graham, ; 14. 11M-Brendan Mullen, ; 15. 35-Brenden Wilde, ; 16. 12-Brayden Pengilly, ; 17. 41T-Travis Strandell, ; 18. (DNF) 22-Tanner Wisk, ; 19. (DNF) 4-Colton Young, ; 20. (DNF) 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 8H-Jade Hastings, ; 2. 9N-Wade Nygaard, ; 3. 0-Nick Omdahl, ; 4. 31-Shane Roemeling, ; 5. 20A-Jordan Adams, ; 6. 99-Jordan Graham, ; 7. 35-Brenden Wilde, 
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 13-Mark Dobmeier, ; 2. 11M-Brendan Mullen, ; 3. 22-Tanner Wisk, ; 4. 41T-Travis Strandell, ; 5. (DNF) 8C-Jack Croaker, ; (DNS) 13T-Ty Hanten, ; (DNS) 1AJ-Trevor Mell,
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Chris Ranten, ; 2. 2A-Austin Pierce, ; 3. 55-Nick Ranten, ; 4. 26-Blake Egeland, ; 5. 12-Brayden Pengilly, ; 6. 4-Colton Young, 
River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks ND 58203
1928 8th St. SE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721