NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Veteran sprint car driver Mark Dobmeier suffered a broken back in a crash Friday during the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at Cedar Lake Speedway.
Dobmeier, driver of the Buffalo Wild Wings/Lunstra Motorsports No. 13, was involved in a crash while battling for a transfer spot in the third heat race at the three-eighths-mile track and was transported to St. Paul Hospital.
On Saturday he underwent surgery to address his injuries. His wife, Jacque, confirmed in a post to the official Dobmeier Racing Facebook page on Sunday that Dobmeier’s L4 vertebrae in his back was shattered and his L3 vertebrae was fractured.
“Mark is still in a lot of pain today,” the Facebook post read. “Operation went good, several plates and screws, got fitted for a brace today and sounds like he will be up and moving tomorrow. L4 was shattered and L3 was fractured. Please keep the prayers coming.”
Dobmeier is among the top sprint car drivers in the Plains region of the United States. He’s a two-time Northern Outlaw Sprint Ass’n champion and is the all-time series win leader with 165 victories.
The Grand Forks, N.D., native also has three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victories, including a preliminary win during the 2011 Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.