The close of the two points battles to be decided on Friday night is the track's points championship. Mark Dobmeier leads by 17 over Hastings heading into heat race action with Brendan Mullen, driver of the Native Nations Cannabis No. 11M, 18 points back. Barring any early difficulties for Dobmeier, he would likely clinch that title with any heat race finish.
Another point battle that has been decided is this season's rookie of the year. Adam Sobolik, who moved over from the Western Renegades in June in the Evil Iron Classics No. 52, holds a 107-point lead over Weston Olson and his Olson Underground No. 27.
Sobolik becomes the 29th rookie of the year, joining a list that includes former series champions Mark Dobmeier, Chris Shirek, Casey Mack, and Austin Pierce.
As previously mentioned, Friday's event also serves as this year's annual running of Track Championship night at the speedway which perennially lines the heat races up by track points, then the feature by heat race finish. This means Dobmeier and Hastings will start on the pole of their heat races.
Some little milestones to look for on Friday night... Mark Dobmeier has nine series wins this season. A win on Friday night would be the 13th time a driver has hit double-digits in the win column in series competition in a season. Dobmeier has done it seven times, with Wade Nygaard accomplishing the feat four times. Austin Pierce is the most recent driver to win 10 in a season two seasons ago.
A win for Jade Hastings would be his 25th series win, becoming just the eighth driver to hit that milestone. Dobmeier, Nygaard, Pierce, Lou Kennedy, Jr., Casey Mack, Brad Pake, and Bobby Martin are the seven drivers currently in the quarter-century wins club.
Behind Hastings, Dobmeier, and Mullen in the series standings are Nick Omdahl, driver of the CMS No. 0 and Blake Egeland, driver of the Engelstad Farms No. 26, who complete the top five.
Zach Omdahl is sixth as the driver of the Minn-Kota Power Co-op No. 17 and is followed by Jack Croaker, driver of the Hugo's Family Marketplace Eight-ball and Adam Sobolik who sits eighth.
Tom Egeland, driver of the Egeland Racing Engines No. 14, and Jordan Graham, driver of the Advance Tile & Stone No. 99 complete the top ten.
Racing begins at seven on Friday night.
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