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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Unzicker (Late Models) & Sweeney (UMP Modifieds) Extend Leads In National Standings After Week 18

CONCORD, NC – June 3, 2011 – Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill. (Late Models) and Randle Sweeney of Clifty, Ky. (UMP Modifieds) extended their leads in the DIRTcar UMP national points standings after Week 18 of the circuit’s 2011 season.

Unzicker, 28, pushed his DIRTcar Late Model points edge into triple digits for events run through May 29, building a 104-point lead (1,075-971) over Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Mich. The talented young driver seeking a career-first DIRTcar UMP national crown booked finishes of second in a Northern All-Stars Late Model Series event on May 27 at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway and 13th in the Bud 50 on May 29 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

Unzicker also finished third on May 30 in a Memorial Day NALMS special at Macon (Ill.) Speedway and last night (June 2) placed 10th in a Tri-State Challenge race at Highland (Ill.) Speedway, but those events will be reflected in next week’s points totals. He currently has 17 counted races toward the national title, which will be determined using drivers’ best 35 finishes/points nights.

Thirlby, meanwhile, scored his first DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned feature win of the season on May 29 at Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake, Mich. The triumph helped him erase the disappointment of a 19th-place finish on May 27 at Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) Speedway.

Sweeney lengthened his advantage in the UMP Modified national standings after registering Memorial Day weekend finishes of 13th on May 28 at Cedar Ridge Speedway in Morgantown, Ky., and fourth on May 29 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. His nine-point lead over Jeff Mathews of Seffner, Fla., after Week 17 grew to 37 markers (1,044-1,007) for races completed through May 29.

Mathews lost ground in the standings but was perfect over the holiday weekend, winning his lone start on May 28 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. It was his 10th victory of the 2011 season.

There were changes at the top of the national standings in two of DIRTcar UMP’s six support divisions, with Kentucky’s Jeff Lawson taking over the Limited Modified points lead and Rob Sternberg of Muskegon, Mich., assuming command of the Factory Stock points battle.

Drivers remaining atop the national standings in their respective divisions were Clayton Miller of Elkton, Ky. (Pro Late Models); Troy Clark of North Vernon, Ind. (Sportsman); Nate Zimmer of Mattoon, Ill. (Stock Cars); and Bradley McGhee of Hopkinsville, Ky (Sport Compacts).

Log on to www.DirtCar.com for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit and to view complete points standings for all divisions, including the current State points rankings.

New for 2011, the weekly DIRTcar UMP points update is powered by www.MotorStats.com. DIRTcar’s affiliation with the Durham, N.C.-based Web site is providing fans and competitors a more timely and detailed look at the points standings. National and State points standings for all divisions are typically updated by Thursday each week, and new features allow visitors to click on each driver’s name to see a complete race-by-race review of their finishes to date.

DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of May 29, 2011):

Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Ryan Unzicker 17 1075
2. Brandon Thirlby 19 971
3. Dewayne Kiefer 20 927
4. Brandon Sheppard 16 872
5. Michael Kloos 16 866
6. Jason Feger 13 814
7. Rusty Schlenk 12 812
8. Mike Hammerle 17 810
9. Jeff Walston 16 798
10. Jon Henry 13 783
11. Mike Spatola III 13 761
12. Randy Korte 12 706
13. Bobby Pierce 14 689
14. Mike Schulte 14 679
15. Scott Schmitt 15 625
16. Dillan White 13 621
17. Charles Zimmerman 12 610
18. Caleb Ashby 11 606
19. Nick Lyons 12 602
20. Matt Weidner 13 600

UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Randle Sweeney 17 1044
2. Jeff Mathews 15 1007
3. Jamie Lomax 17 994
4. Tim Hancock 16 973
5. Nick Allen 14 932
6. Scott Weber 16 904
7. Mike Harrison 14 886
8. Brett Korves 18 882
9. Dustin Isom 14 855
10. Clayton Miller 14 854
11. Brian Lynn 13 818
12. Trent Young 14 809
13. Michael Long 12 798
14. Steve Lach 14 796
15. Brian Bielong 16 792
16. Steven Brooks 19 791
17. Dave Wietholder 16 790
18. Kelby Simmons 19 784
19. Jeff Leka 13 775
20. Dean Hoffman 13 774

Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Clayton Miller 13 830
2. Credence Mott 14 799
3. Mark Oller 14 786
4. Daniel Heck 16 712
5. Bobby Martintoni 14 671
6. Nick Bauman 11 657
7. Randy Myers 12 651
8. Evan Fink 11 640
9. Gil Smith 11 608
10. Brent Lewis 13 586

Sportsman (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Troy Clark 13 818
2. Nick Macklin 11 705
3. Dave Crawley Jr. 10 654
4. Robbie Eilers 11 586
5. Dan Flessner 9 563
6. Jeremy Hines 9 551
7. Blaise Hetznecker 9 462
8. Aaron Barsness 7 455
9. Corey Holley 7 453
10. Alan Crowder 10 445

Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Jeff Lawson 13 670
2. John Wyble 11 641
3. Johnny Holden 11 632
4. Clay Settles 12 611
5. Haley Westerfield 11 570
6. Howard Willis 8 565
7. Christopher Geary 11 501
8. Todd Bates 8 460
9. Mark Anderson 7 409
10. Kamron Campbell 7 392

Stock Cars (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Nate Zimmer 14 927
2. Mike Hodges 12 885
3. Joeseph Hamm 12 727
4. Fred Perry Jr. 11 657
5. Chuck Barnes Jr. 10 636
6. Joe Brown 10 566
7. Dustin Rollins 12 549
8. Phillip Brown 10 545
9. Darrel Dick 9 525
10. John Farris 9 515

Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Rob Sternberg 10 685
2. Tom Hughes 10 670
3. Mike Epplett 12 657
4. Bobby McQueen 10 609
5. Dennis Bringedahl 10 571
6. Donnie Birdwell 9 546
7. Alan Peacock 8 545
8. Jeff Buss 9 533
9. Jake Hewitt 10 531
10. Drue Bouwman 10 518

Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races/points):
1. Bradley McGhee 15 975
2. Kenny Butterfield 12 871
3. Michael Rittenberry 13 853
4. Casey Feaster 13 772
5. Jacob Rexing 12 746
5. Logan Brown 12 746
7. Jordan Suhre 12 723
8. Trevor Isaak 13 699
9. Jeremy Reed 13 649
10. Matt Maier 11 614