KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Justin Henderson and Mark Dobmeier split the 410 sprint car features Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.
Brian Brown shot out from the pole to lead the first 410 feature of the night. With a lap in the books, contact from Dobmeier sent Austin McCarl into a spin that collected Tasker Phillips. Both ended up upside down and done for the night. Rager Phillips and Glen Saville were both also caught in the fray but restarted.
Brown led Henderson, Rico Abreu, Terry McCarl and Ian Madsen back to green flag racing. While Abreu captured second, Kyle Larson moved into the top five from row six. Henderson battled back for the runner-up spot, while McCarl moved into third with Larson trailing him.
R.J. Johnson got into the wall with nine laps in the books setting up another restart. Bronson Maeschen shot from sixth to fourth. On lap 12, Henderson got off the bottom of the raceway to shoot by Brown, who rode the cushion. Henderson was making his first start in the BDS Motorsports No. 1 entry.
A lap later, Rob Kubli flipped hard in turn three. He was taken to the hospital for a check-up. The restart saw Henderson leading Brown, Larson, Maeschen and McCarl. On lap 14, Brown shot around Henderson to lead again. A sixth-running Madsen had fuel pump issues and stopped on lap 15, bringing out the final caution and setting up a five-lap Dash.
Henderson sized Brown up for a lap, before taking the lead for good. Brown trailed him, followed by Larson, Terry McCarl and hard-charger, Davey Heskin.
“Brian Brown is never asleep at the wheel,” said Henderson. “He’s phenomenal here. To be honest, I haven’t been here in a long time, and Bryan (Sundby) gave me a fantastic racecar. I couldn’t screw it up. I’m happy to be home. I was fortunate to drive out in Ohio for Rick Ferkel and he taught me a lot. We raced all over the place. It’s nice to be around my family here.”
The second feature started with an invert of seventeen from the first. A.J. Moeller led lap one, before Dobmeier took command. By lap five, Heskin had moved from row seven to fifth and the first twelve laps went non-stop before Zomer spun into the infield.
Dobmeier led Heskin, Larson (from 15th), Josh Schneiderman and Maeschen back to green. Larson quickly shot to second before Madsen’s rough night continued when he stopped with 13 laps down.
Heskin and Larson waged a good battle for the runner-up spot trading it a couple of times before Larson took it with five to go. A lap later, he tried for the lead, but had something break, sending him upside down. He was uninjured.
Dobmeier led Maeschen, Heskin, Abreu and Jeffrey back to green. While Maeschen took a late stab at Dobmeier, Abreu shot into the top three on the restart with Brown behind him. The two traded the spot behind Dobmeier and Maeschen, before Abreu took it on the last lap. Brown and Heskin followed him.
The win was Dobmeier’s third here in three weeks, and the 11th in his career here.
“I knew the bottom was there,” he said. “It was better in three and four. I just couldn’t give up the top. I saw Maeschen on the last lap. I tried to take his line away in three and seal the deal. I couldn’t be prouder of this Lunstra Motorsports team.”
Clint Garner won the 360 sprint car feature with Matt Moro finishing second.