Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Car recap, presented by RydellCars.com
By Mike Spieker
GRAND FORKS, ND (September 12) - The Buffalo Wild Wings NOSA Sprint Cars were 30 cars strong for the John Seitz Memorial finale Saturday night at the Bullring. Up for grabs was a potential $8,200 as a part of the back row Blazin' Challenge.
The top two finishers from Thursday and Friday night's A-mains and the remaining top four in passing points were automatically locked into the eight lap dash. Wade Nygaard won the dash with Mark Dobmeier finishing in second. Both drivers agreed to take the Blazin' Challenge and start in row 12 of the A-main. All eight drivers in the dash were eligible to take the Blazin' Challenge and surprisingly, all eight drivers (Nygaard, Dobmeier, Austin Pierce, Chris Ranten, Dusty Zomer, Jade Hastings, Nick Omdahl, and Thomas Kennedy) did so.
Jordan Adams and Alex Larson led the field of 24 to the green flag for the 35-lap A-main. Adam's put the Home of Economy #20A in the lead and was followed by Lou Kennedy Jr. Within six laps Adams had reached the tail of the field and was dealing with lapped traffic.
Casey Mack moved into the second spot as he drove underneath Kennedy Jr. on lap nine, but Mack's good run took a turn for the worse when he spun his Paradis' Inc. #8 one lap later. Casey's brother, Cory Mack, had no where to go and was collected in the incident.
By lap 10 Blazin' Challenge contestants, Dusty Zomer and Mark Dobmeier, were running 10th and 11th, respectively. The lap 11 Evergreen Insurance restart put the race back under the green flag and both Zomer and Dobmeier went to work. It took Zomer just five laps to crack the top five as Dobmeier, Nygaard, and Thomas Kennedy were all in hot pursuit.
Meanwhile up front, Chris Shirek had moved into second from his seventh place starting position and had his sights set on Adams. Shirek trailed the 19-year-old Reynolds, ND driver as the racing surface was beginning to take rubber. Shirek was able to pull even with Adams in the corners, but Adams had the momentum and maintained the lead down the straightaways. Finally on lap 25, Shirek cleared Adams in turn two to take the point. Zomer moved into third on the next lap and then took second from Adams with 13 to go.
The driver of the Buffalo Wild Wings #82 wasn't done yet, however. Zomer kept charging and got by the R&R Contracting #1K of Shirek with 11 circuits remaining. Dobmeier drove into the runner-up position on lap 29 and was given one last shot at Zomer as the caution came out with two to go for Shirek, who's great run came to an end as a result of a flat right rear tire. The three-time NOSA champion would settle for an 18th place finish.
Zomer got a great run off of turn four for the green-white-checkered restart and that all but sealed the deal for the Sioux Falls, SD pilot. Zomer had a six car length lead over Dobmeier heading into turn one and Zomer would only increase that lead in the final laps as he took the $8,200 payday by 1.338 seconds.
Dobmeier drove from 23rd to second, while Kennedy came from 17th to third, pole sitter Jordan Adams was fourth, and 24th place starter, Wade Nygaard, rounded out the top five.