(August 2) - The first of the two NOSA-sanctioned events last weekend began Friday night at River Cities Speedway.
The complexion of the race changed drastically on lap 18 as Martin slid off the banking down the back stretch, while Stengl simultaneously flipped in turn four, triggering the red flag. The end result had Martin restarting at the tail of the field, while Stengl was finished for the evening.
Casey Mack inherited the lead and looked to have the race in hand, but a late race caution gave the hard charging Mark Dobmeier the one chance he needed. On the lap 22 restart, Dobmeier dove to the inside of Mack in turn one and completed a nice slide job to take the point. Once out front, Dobmeier cruised to RydellCars.com Victory Lane and picked up his eighth consecutive win at the Bullring, which broke Super Stock driver, Jerry Messner's, win streak record that was set in 2000.
Saturday the series traveled east to Greenbush Race Park in Greenbush, MN. The event was the first look the NOSA drivers had at the newly reconfigured racing surface, which now offers much more banking in the corners than seen in years past.
Bobby Martin and Alex Larson led the field to the green, but it was Casey Mack who came from fourth to lead the opening lap. Martin and Shane Roemeling battled for the second spot while Mack tried to distance himself from the rest of the pack.
Roemeling was able to sneak by Martin on lap three and then set his sights on the Paradis’ Inc #8 of Mack. With 10 to go, Roemeling reeled in the two-time NOSA champion and made the pass for the lead up on the cushion, while Mack ran down low. Mack came charging back on the next circuit, however, as he reclaimed the point and moved back to the top side of the speedway.
Soon thereafter, Roemeling had his hands full with Austin Pierce, who started back in eighth. With three laps to go the two drivers made contact in turn three while battling for third, which resulted in Roemeling spinning off the banking, triggering the caution.
On the restart Mack was able to pull away by a few car lengths over second place runner Martin, which was all he needed to claim his first win at Greenbush since September 1st, 2006. Martin, Pierce, Jade Hastings and Jordan Adams rounded out the top five.