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Dennis Erb wins at Tri-State UMP Summer Nationals with last lap pass on Korte!

Dennis Erb
Dennis Erb

Haubstadt,IN — UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Night 3: Erb Passes Korte On Final Lap For Victory At Tri-State Speedway

HAUBSTADT, IN – June 15, 2008 – Dennis Erb Jr. pulled off a dramatic last-lap pass of Randy Korte to capture Sunday night’s 40-lap UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals A-Main at Tri-State Speedway.

Erb, 36, of Carpentersville, Ill., earned $6,000 for his first victory of the 2008 Summer Nationals. He’s the defending champion of the grueling, month-long tour for Super Late Models.

Highland, Ill.’s Korte, who returned to the cockpit one week ago after being sidelined since suffering a back injury in a February accident during Florida Speedweeks, nearly emerged triumphant in Tri-State’s Summer Nationals show for the second consecutive season. He started second and led all but three laps of the feature.

After losing the top spot to the ninth-starting Erb for laps 33-34, Korte regained command and appeared primed for a return to Victory Lane. But he lost momentum while lapping Patrick Sheltra of Indiantown, Fla., in turn two on the final lap, allowing Erb to sneak underneath and assume command in his Rayburn No. 28e.

Korte had to settle for second place in his familiar No. 00. Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., advanced from the 13th starting spot to place third in Ed Petroff’s No. 3s, with six-time Summer Nationals champ Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., taking fourth after starting from the pole position and 2004 Summer Nationals titlist Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., placing fifth.

Erb’s victory was the eighth of his career in Summer Nationals action. It also moved him into the tour’s points lead after three events.

The event was slowed by only a single caution flag.

Thirty-nine cars were signed in for the night’s competition.

Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Mich., was the fastest overall qualifier in the group time-trial session, recording a lap of 12.842 seconds.

Heat winners were Moyer, Korte, O’Neal and Michael Kloos of Trenton, Ill. Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., captured the C-Main and Shirley topped the B-Main.

Following a scheduled off-night on Monday (June 16), the Summer Nationals returns to action on Tuesday night (June 17) at Highland (Ill.) Speedway.

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UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals A-Main Finish (40 laps):

1. Dennis Erb Jr.
2. Randy Korte
3. Brian Shirley
4. Billy Moyer
5. Don O’Neal
6. Jeep VanWormer
7. Wes Steidinger
8. Kevin Claycomb
9. Rodney Melvin
10. Michael Kloos
11. Will Vaught
12. Jason Feger
13. Kevin Weaver
14. Patrick Sheltra
15. Derek Fisher
16. Dewayne Keifer
17. Jordan Bland
18. Billy Faust
19. Chad Zobrist
20. Kevin Cole
21. Steve Sheppard Jr.

B-Main Finish: Brian Shirley, Jason Feger, Derek Fisher, Rodney Melvin, Wes Steidinger, Will Vaught, Dan Jacober, Chad Zobrist, Ryan Unzicker, Terry English, Brandon Sheppard, Kerry Mathew, Tim Lance, Steve Karnes, Brant Fehrer, B.J. McCammon

C-Main Finish: Will Vaught, Terry English, B.J. McCammon, Tim Lance, Jarryd Holshouser, Kevin Cole, Jason McBride, Steven Ashby, Jim Moon, Mike Hammerle, Rocky Hodges. Scratched: Matt Weidner, Brian Dively, Caleb Ashby, Kevin Weaver

Unofficial UMP DIRT Summer Nationals Points Standings (after 3 events):

1. Dennis Erb Jr. 240
2. (tie) Billy Moyer 235
2. (tie) Brian Shirley 235
4. Wes Steidinger 208
5. Jeep VanWormer 199
6. Will Vaught 197
7. Kevin Claycomb 177
8. Dewayne Keifer 172
9. Jason Feger 172
10. Kevin Weaver 165
11. Steve Sheppard Jr. 148
12. Don O’Neal 130
13. Jordan Bland 125
14. Kevin Cole 116
15. Darren Miller 110

2008 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals Schedule (Date/Day/Track/Location/To Win/Winner – Car Count):

June 12 – Thurs. – Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway/Calvert City, KY – $7,500 (Brad Neat – 40)
June 13 – Fri. – Brownstown (IN) Speedway – $10,000 (Rain – postponed to July 11)
June 14 – Sat. – Kamp Motor Speedway/Boswell, IN – $10,000 (Wes Steidinger – 36)
June 15 – Sun. – Tri-State Speedway/Haubstadt, IN – $6,000 (Dennis Erb Jr. – 39)
June 16 – Mon – OFF
June 17 – Tues. – Highland Speedway/Highland, IL – $6,000
June 18 – Wed. – Belle Clair Speedway/Belleville, IL – $6,000
June 19 – Thurs. – Jefferson Co. Speedway/Mt. Vernon, IL – $6,000
June 20 – Fri. – Farmer City Raceway/Farmer City, IL – $10,000
June 21 – Sat. – I-55 Raceway/Pevely, MO – $10,000
June 22 – Sun. – Vermilion Co. Speedway/Danville, IL – $6,000
June 23 – Mon. – OFF
June 24 – Tue. – Sedalia State Fair Speedway/Sedalia, MO – $6,000
June 25 – Wed. – Lake Ozark Speedway/Eldon, MO – $6,000
June 26 – Thurs. – Paducah Int’l Raceway/Paducah, KY – $6,000
June 27 – Fri. – Lawrenceburg Speedway/Lawrenceburg, IN – $10,000
June 28 – Sat. – Clarksville Speedway/Clarksville, TN – $10,000
June 29 – Sun. – Lincoln Speedway/Lincoln, IL – $6,000
June 30 – Mon. – OFF
July 1 – Tue. – Peoria Speedway/Peoria, IL – $6,000
July 2 – Wed. – Morgan Co. Speedway/Jacksonville, IL – $6,000
July 3 – Thurs. – Macon Speedway/Macon, IL – $6,000
July 4 – Fri. – Tri-City Speedway/Pontoon Beach, IL – $10,000
July 5 – Sat. – Fairbury American Legion Speedway/Fairbury, IL -$10,000
July 6 – Sun. – Quad City Raceway/East Moline, IL – $6,000
July 7 – Mon. – OFF
July 8 – Tue. – Quincy (IL) Speedway – $6,000
July 9 – Wed. – Spoon River Speedway/Canton, IL – $6,000
July 10 – Thurs. – La Salle Speedway/La Salle, IL – $6,000
July 11 – Fri. – Brownstown (IN) Speedway – $10,000 (Rescheduled date)
July 12 – Sat. – Oakshade Raceway/Wauseon, OH – $10,000