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Night 5 of the 27-Event UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals: Mike Marlar Survives To Capture First Victory At Lebanon I-44 Speedway

LEBANON, MO – June 19, 2007 – It was just a matter of time.

UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals newcomer Mike Marlar of Winfield , Tenn. , rolled up top-five finishes in the tour’s first four events, so it was no surprise that he broke through with a victory in the fifth stop on Tuesday night at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

Marlar pocketed $6,000 for capturing the 40-lap A-Main – his first career win on the grueling Summernationals loop.

Driving the Stephens Motorsport No. 34, Marlar was a survivor in the hardscrabble feature on the three-eighths-mile, high-banked oval. He inherited the lead on lap 20 when six-time Summernationals champion Billy Moyer of Batesville , Ark. , developed a flat tire and never looked back.

Moyer was the third different leader of the race to be struck down by bad luck. Before him MARS DIRTcar Series titlists Bill Frye of Greenbrier, Ark. , and Terry Phillips of Springfield , Mo. , saw encouraging runs short-circuited by misfortune.

Frye was the first to fall, forced out while in the lead due to fuel-pump problems. Phillips then moved into the top spot but only lasted there a handful laps before heading pitside with a flat tire.

Marlar avoided problems during the race’s second half to take the checkered flag several car lengths ahead of New London , Wis. ’s Terry Casey, who registered his best finish of the 2007 Summernationals.

Randy Korte of Highland , Ill. , saw his two-race win streak end with a third-place finish. Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning , Mich. , the 2006 Summernationals points runner-up, finally got on track in ’07 with a fourth-place finish, and 2004 tour champion Don O’Neal of Martinsville , Ind. , took fifth.

Marlar’s victory kept him in the UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals points lead and made it clear that he’s a serious contender for the $25,000 title. He’s already shown himself this season as a capable points chaser on a multiple-night series, winning the recent Kentucky Speedweek championship.

Forty cars entered the event at Randy Mooneyham’s facility.

Heat winners were Moyer, Frye, Phillips and Jeremy Payne of Springfield , Mo. , and the B-Mains were captured by Steve Sheppard Jr. of New Berlin , Ill. , and VanWormer.

The night’s most spectacular incident occurred during heat action, when A.J. Diemel of Navrino , Wis. , rolled his car. He escaped the accident without injury.

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals Feature Finish (40 laps):
1. Mike Marlar
2. Terry Casey
3. Randy Korte
4. Jeep VanWormer
5. Don O’Neal
6. Rodney Melvin
7. Dennis Erb Jr.
8. Billy Moyer
9. Al Purkey
10. Brandon McCormick
11. Eddie Kirchoff
12. Steve Sheppard Jr.
13. Wes Steidinger
14. Tim Manville
15. Jeremy Payne
16. Terry Phillips
17. Christian Rayburn
18. Bill Frye
19. Rusty Schlenk
20. Kevin Weaver
21. Jason Feger
22. Brad Looney

DNQ: Will Vaught , Jordan Bland , Chad Jones, Kyle Beard, Bill Bartells, Randy Zimmerman, Ed Dixon, Jason Bodenhamer, Jack Sullivan, Larry Jones, Rusty Griffaw, A.J. Diemel, Trace Westling, Mark Voigt, Dustin Mooneyham, Ron Bartells, Billy Faust

UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals Point Standings (after 5 events):
1. Mike Marlar 373
2. Don O’Neal 357
3. Randy Korte 355
4. Dennis Erb Jr. 343
5. Rodney Melvin 323
6. Steve Sheppard Jr. 317
7. Wes Steidinger 313
8. Terry Casey 293
9. Jeep VanWormer 279
10. Kevin Weaver 257
11. Jason Feger 255
12. Rusty Schlenk 239
13. Greg Johnson 222
14. Eddie Kirchoff 201
15. Michael Kloos 158
16. Patrick Sheltra 146
17. A.J. Diemel 140
18. Tim Manville 127
19. Richie Hedrick 114
20. Kevin Cole 112

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals Schedule
6/15 – Fri. – Kankakee Motor Speedway/Kankakee, IL (Dennis Erb Jr.)
6/16 – Sat. – Kamp Motor Speedway/Boswell, IN (Dennis Erb Jr.)
6/17 – Sun. – Tri-State Speedway/Haubstadt, IN (Randy Korte)
6/18 – Mon. – Jefferson County Raceway/ Mt. Vernon , IL (Randy Korte)
6/19 – Tues. – Lebanon I-44 Speedway/Lebanon, MO (Mike Marlar)
6/20 – Wed. – Highland Speedway/Highland, IL
6/21 – Thurs. – Morgan County Speedway / Jacksonville , IL
6/22 – Fri. – Farmer City Raceway/Farmer City, IL
6/23 – Sat. – I-55 Raceway/Pevely, MO
6/24 – Sun. – Lincoln Speedway/Lincoln, IL
6/25 – Mon. – Peoria Speedway/Peoria, IL
6/26 – Tues. – Poplar Bluff Speedway/Poplar Bluff, MO
6/27 – Wed. – Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon , MO
6/28 – Thurs. – Paducah International Raceway/Paducah, KY
6/29 – Fri. – Western Kentucky Speedway/Nebo, KY
6/30 – Sat. – Clarksville Speedway/Clarksville, TN
7/1 – Sun. – Vermilion County Speedway / Danville , IL
7/2 – Mon. – Midway Speedway/Crooksville, OH
7/3 – Tues. – Lawrenceburg Speedway/Lawrenceburg, IN
7/4 – Wed. – Day Off
7/5 – Thurs. – Macon Speedway/Macon, IL
7/6 – Fri. – Tri-City Speedway / Pontoon Beach , IL
7/7 – Sat. – Fairbury American Legion Speedway/Fairbury, IL
7/8 – Sun. – Quad City Speedway/East Moline , IL
7/9 – Mon. – C.J. Raceway/Columbus Junction, IA
7/10 – Tues. – Quincy Raceway/Quincy, IL
7/11 – Wed. – Spoon River Speedway/Canton, IL
7/12 – Thurs. – LaSalle Speedway/LaSalle, IL
7/13 – Fri. – Day Off
7/14 – Sat. – Oakshade Raceway/Wauseon, OH