By Bill W
March 14, 2017 – Mark Dobmeier and the Jimco Racing/Polaris #13 team showed speed again with the World of Outlaws at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas, but a tough track and a tip-over Thursday pressed the team into action on Friday. Nonetheless, the Grand Forks, North Dakota native plugged away and made both features last weekend. The team has its eyes on April now, as weather will determine their first race in the Midwest.
Mark was happy with the way things started out on Thursday in Vegas. “We had a decent trip,” he says. “We rolled out really well in hot laps and we were ninth quick in qualifying with our group. We were up to fourth at one time, and finished fifth in the heat. We felt like we had a really good car at that point.”
He would start 18th in Thursday’s feature. “The track was really rough,” says Mark. “There were some holes. I hooked a rut a couple of laps in, and did all but turn the car over. I had to almost stop the car to quit from bouncing. I was able to keep it going, but that sent us all the way to the back. The (leader) Shane Stewart was trying to lap us, and he spun in a dry spot. I had nowhere to go, and that sent us tipping over. That ended our night.”
The crash broke the frame, so the team went to work. “We pulled out the backup car for Friday,” says Mark. “We hadn’t run it yet, so we were kind of shaking it down as the night went on. You don’t get any practice, obviously.”
Mark timed in 13th quick in his group before lining up seventh in his heat. “We worked on (the car) all night, and we were finally comfortable after the heats,” he says. “In the heat, we were fair. We started seventh and we were up into the fifth and final transfer before Shane Stewart got by us there.”
He would roar from sixth to the lead in the B. “We had an excellent car,” says Mark. “We started sixth and worked our way all the way up into the lead. We were driving away when we cut a tire on the white flag lap. The right rear blew off on the backstretch. Fortunately, we had a big enough lead that we coasted on the rim a half a lap and still finished third.”
That meant Mark would start the finale 23rd. “We were able to work our way up to 18th,” he says. “The car was good. Overall, the weekend was decent. We were able to make the show both nights. Luck just wasn’t entirely on our side in a couple of instances. With the hand we were dealt, I thought the team performed really well and made the changes we needed to get the car where we wanted.”
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