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2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model Points Fund Exceeds $200,000

Evansville, IN — A total of $205,000 in 2007 points-fund cash was distributed to UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model competitors during the organization’s 24th annual awards banquet on Jan. 12 in Springfield , Ill.

The points-fund money handed out at the Springfield Crowne Plaza included $74,975 for the national points race; $56,600 for the UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals series; $37,755 for the three Region points battles; $21,900 for the State points races; $1,500 for the top-three in the Rookie of the Year standings; and $12,270 for the UMP-sanctioned Northern Allstars Late Model Series/Challenge of Champions.
Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville , Ill. , who made UMP DIRTcar Racing history in 2007 by becoming the first driver to win the national Late Model title and Summernationals championship in the same season, led the division in points-fund earnings. The checks he received for his ’07 work totaled $46,240.

Wes Steidinger of Fairbury , Ill. , finished second in the national points race and third in the Summernationals standings, but he nevertheless reaped some sweet points-fund rewards for his career year. Buoyed by a North Region title and Illinois State crown, Steidinger rang up $23,800 in points-fund checks from UMP DIRTcar Racing.

Other big points-fund collectors included Steve Sheppard Jr. of New Berlin , Ill. ($13,000), Don O’Neal of Martinsville , Ind. ($10,595), Kevin Cole of Harrisburg , Ill. ($7,775), Randy Korte of Highland , Ill. ($7,700), Brian Ruhlman of Clarklake , Mich. ($6,300), Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Mich. ($6,000) and Jason Feger of Bloomington , Ill. ($5,100). Ruhlman also earned $5,000 for winning the UMP-sanctioned Sunoco American Late Model Series title, but that money was presented to him during the recent Eldora Speedway awards banquet.

Below is a complete breakdown of the 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model points-fund distribution, which was divided among 137 drivers.

2007 UMP DIRT Car Racing Late Model National Points Fund Distribution ($74,975):

1. Dennis Erb $20,000; 2. Wes Steidinger $10,000; 3. Randy Korte $5,000; 4. Steve Sheppard Jr. $3,000; 5. Jason Feger $2,000; 6. Kevin Cole $1,500; 7. Mike Hammerle $1,400; 8. Ryan Dauber $1,300; 9. Mike Schulte $1,200; 10. Kevin Weaver $1,100; 11. Jeep VanWormer $1,000; 12. Richie Hedrick $900; 13. Brian Ruhlman $800; 14. Rusty Griffaw $700; 15. Scott Bull $650; 16. Rusty Schlenk $600; 17. Rodney Melvin $550; 18. Shannon Babb $500; 19. Ed Dixon $490; 20. Don O’Neal $475;

21. Joe Harlan $470; 22. Rick DeLong $465; 23. Ryan Unzicker $460; 24. Mark Voigt $455; 25. Dustin Mooneyham $450; 26. Billy Faust $445; 27. Brian Diveley $440; 28. Daren Friedman $435; 29. Chris Shelton $430; 30. Frankie Martin $425; 31. Chris Dick $420; 32. Billy Moyer $415; 33. Ted Loomis $410; 34. Michael Kloos $405; 35. Mike Mataragas $400; 36. Eric Smith $395; 37. Dusty Moore $390; 38. (tie) Matt Taylor $382.50; 38. (tie) Mike Marlar $382.50; 40. Chad Zobrist $375;

41. Frank Shickel Jr. $370; 42. Brad Looney $365; 43. Kevin Reeve $360; 44. Bryan Collins $355; 45. Kerry Mathew $350; 46. Rick Salter $345; 47. Mark Faust $340; 48. Donny Walden $335; 49. Brandon McCormick $330; 50. Larry Jones $325; 51. Darrell Mooneyham $320; 52. Tim Manville $315; 53. Casey Noonan $310; 54. (tie) Jarryd Holshouser $302.50; 54. (tie) Derek Chandler $302.50; 56. Jayme Zidar $295; 57. Ron Miller $290; 58. Andy Pryor $285; 59. Dave Thornton $280; 60. Aaron Scott $275;

61. John Beck $270; 62. Don Klein $265; 63. (tie) Will Vaught $262.50; 63. (tie) Daniel Wallace $262.50; 65. (tie) Ryan Little $247.50; 65. (tie) Terry Phillips $247.50; 67. Tyler Boggs $240; 68. George Lindsey $235; 69. DJ Cline $230; 70. Gil Smith $225; 71. Eddie Kirchoff $220; 72. Daniel Walden $215; 73. Steve n Ashby $210; 74. Alan Vochaska $205; 75. Duane Chamberlain $200; 76. Jack Sullvain $195; 77. Jason Riggs $190; 78. Hillard Miller $185; 79. Bill Frye $180; 80. Dylan Thompson $175;

81. Mike Provenzano $170; 82. (tie) Jason McBride $162.50; 82. (tie) Ronnie Perrine Jr. $162.50; 84. Jeremy Payne $155; 85. Randy Sellars $150; 86. Josh Richards $145; 87. (tie) Ron Mayle $137.50; 87. (tie) John Tindal $137.50; 89. Ky Harper $130; 90. Burl Woods $125; 91. Kris Patterson $120; 92. Cory Rolfe $115; 93. AJ Diemel $110; 94. Darrell Lanigan $105; 95. Roger Brickler $100; 96. Steve n Unterbrink $95; 97. Steve Francis $90; 98. Andrew Reaume $85; 99. Chub Frank $80; 100. Clint Smith $75

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals Points Fund Distribution ($56,600):

1. Dennis Erb Jr. $25,000; 2. Don O’Neal $10,000; 3. Wes Steidinger $7,000; 4. Jeep VanWormer $5,000; 5. (tie) Mike Marlar $2,500; 5. (tie) Steve Sheppard Jr. $2,500; 7. Eddie Kirchoff $1,000; 8. Kevin Weaver $800; 9. Jason Feger $700; 10. A.J. Diemel $600; 11. Randy Korte $500; 12. Rodney Melvin $400; 13. Shannon Babb $300; 14. Billy Moyer $200; 15. Terry Casey $100

2007 Northern All-Star Late Model Series/Challenge of Champions Points Fund Distribution ($12,270):
1. Steve Sheppard Jr. $5,000; 2. Ryan Unzicker $2,000; 3. Wes Steidinger $1,000; 4. Randy Korte $700; 5. Jason Feger $500; 6. Kevin Weaver $400; 7. Kevin Cole $375; 8. Don Cisco $350; 9. Terry Babb $300; 10. Rodney Melvin $275; 11. Dennis Erb Jr. $225; 12. Rusty Schlenk $200; 13. Mike Mataragas $175; 14. Richie Hedrick $160; 15. Billy Faust $140; 16. Don O’Neal $120; 17. Michael Kloos $100; 18. Frank Heckenast $100; 19. Brian Diveley $75; 20. Ryan Dauber $75

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model Rookie of the Year Points Fund Distribution ($1,500):

1. Scott Bull $1,000; 2. Kevin Reeve $300; 3. Tyler Boggs $200

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model Region Points Fund Distribution ($37,755):

NORTH: 1. Wes Steidinger $5,000; 2. Steve Sheppard Jr. $2,000; 3. Jason Feger $1,000; 4. Dennis Erb Jr. $700; 5. Richie Hedrick $500; 6. Ryan Dauber $400; 7. Scott Bull $375; 8. Kevin Weaver $350; 9. Joe Harlan $325; 10. Daren Friedman $300; 11. Chris Dick $275; 12. Ryan Unzicker $250; 13. Eric Smith $225; 14. Mike Mataragas $175; 15. Frank Shickel Jr. $160; 16. Ted Loomis $140; 17. Kerry Mathew $120; 18. Donny Walden $115; 19. Matt Taylor $100; 20. Derek Chandler $75

SOUTH: 1. Kevin Cole $5,000; 2. Mike Schulte $2,000; 3. Randy Korte $1,000; 4. Rusty Griffaw $700; 5. Dustin Mooneyham $500; 6. Mike Hammerle $400; 7. Chris Shelton $375; 8. Ed Dixon $350; 9. Frankie Martin $325; 10. Mark Voigt $300; 11. Brad Looney $275; 12. Rick Salter $250; 13. Billy Faust $225; 14. Larry Jones $175; 15. Michael Kloos $160; 16. Darrell Mooneyham $140; 17. Brandon McCormick $120; 18. Rodney Melvin $115; 19. Jarryd Holshouser $100; 20. Chad Zobrist $75

EAST: 1. Brian Ruhlman $5,000; 2. Rick DeLong $2,000; 3. Kevin Reeve $1,000; 4. Dusty Moore $700; 5. Ron Miller $500; 6. Casey Noonan $400; 7. Rusty Schlenk $375; 8. Daniel Wallace $350; 9. George Lindsey $325; 10. DJ Cline $300; 11. Aaron Scott $275; 12. Ronnie Perrine Jr. $250; 13. Hillard Miller $225; 14. Ron Mayle $175; 15. Duane Chamberlain $160; 16. Kris Patterson $140; 17. Ky Harper $120; 18. Alan Vochaska $115; 19. Andrew Reaume $100; 20. Tyler Boggs $75

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model State Points Fund Distribution ($21,900):

CALIFORNIA: 1. Jeff Decker $800; 2. Shawn Deforest $400; 3. Jeremy Petrell $200; 4. Kellen Chadwick $150; 5. Paul Guglielmoni $125; 6. Derek Nance $115; 7. Randy Shafer $110; 8. David Newquist $100; 9. Marcus Aue $100

CANADA: 1. Andrew Reaume $800; 2. Joe Field $400; 3. Jim Dale Jr. $200; 4. Brett Reaume $150; 5. Dale Glassford $125; 6. John Pinsonneault $115; 7. Kirk Hooker $110; 8. Jim Jones $100; 9. Dan Smolders $100; 10. Paul Rivait $100

ILLINOIS: 1. Wes Steidinger $800; 2. Steve Sheppard Jr. $400; 3. Mike Hammerle $200; 4. Mike Schulte $150; 5. Ryan Dauber $125; 6. Dennis Erb Jr. $115; 7. Scott Bull $110; 8. Jason Feger $100; 9. Joe Harlan $100; 10. Kevin Weaver $100

INDIANA: 1. Jason Feger $800; 2. Dan Walden 1074; 3. Mike Mataragas 913; 4. Richie Hedrick 869; 5. Cory Rolfe 798; 6. Guy Volk 754; 7. Ted Loomis 768; 8. Dennis Erb Jr. 720; 9. Kerry Mathew 691; 10. Steve Sheppard 646

KENTUCKY: 1. Kevin Cole $800; 2. Randy Sellars $400; 3. Jason Riggs $200; 4. John Tindal $150; 5. Dylan Thompson $125; 6. Chris Shelton $115; 7. Terry English $110; 8. Michael Steele $100; 9. Jarryd Holshouser $100; 10. Jason McBride $100

MICHIGAN: 1. Alan Vochaska $800; 2. Kevin Reeve $400; 3. Ron Miller $200; 4. Terry Sroufe $150; 5. George Lindsey $125; 6. Rusty Seaver $115; 7. Derek Didone $110; 8. Eric Spangler $100; 9. Brian Ruhlman $100; 10. Daniel Wallace $100

MISSOURI: 1. Dustin Mooneyham $800; 2. Brad Looney $400; 3. Larry Jones $200; 4. Darrell Mooneyham $150; 5. Brandon McCormick $125; 6. Bryan Collins $115; 7. Will Vaught $110; 8. Terry Phillips $100; 9. Burl Woods $100; 10. Jeremy Payne $100

OHIO: 1. Rick DeLong $800; 2. Brian Ruhlman $400; 3. Casey Noonan $200; 4. Dusty Moore $150; 5. DJ Cline $125; 6. Ronnie Perrine Jr. $115; 7. Ron Mayle $110; 8. Aaron Scott $100; 9. Rusty Schlenk $100; 10. Hillard Miller $100

TENNESSEE: 1. Rusty Griffaw $800; 2. Gil Smith $400; 3. Steve n Ashby $200; 4. Chris Shelton $150; 5. Duane Hodges $125; 6. Jarryd Holshouser $115; 7. Mike Chandler $110; 8. Perry Delaney $100; 9. Dylan Thompson $100; 10. Kevin Cole $100

FLORIDA SPEEDWEEKS: 1. Josh Richards $800; 2. Chub Frank $400; 3. Earl Pearson Jr. $200; 4. Shannon Babb $150; 5. Steve Shaver $125; 6. Darrell Lanigan $115; 7. Shane Clanton $110; 8. Rick Eckert $100; 9. Steve Francis $100; 10. Dennis Erb Jr. $100