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Thunderstorms Washes Out Thursday Night’s UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Event At La Salle Speedway

DIRTcar Summer NationalsLA SALLE, IL – July 10, 2008 – A late-afternoon thunderstorm swamped La Salle Speedway on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of the evening’s scheduled UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals event at the quarter-mile oval.

No makeup date was immediately announced for the 40-lap, $6,000-to-win race.

The rainout was the sixth of the 2008 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals. A seventh event, on June 21 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., was canceled because the access road to the track was blocked by floodwaters.

Two points events remain on the month-long tour – on Friday night (July 11) at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway and Saturday night (July 12) at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio. Both races will pay $10,000 to win.

Defending Summer Nationals champion Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., leads the points standings by a slim 19-point margin (1,378-1,359) over Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill.

For more information on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals, visit www.dirtcar.com.

UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Points Standings (after 18 events):

1. Dennis Erb Jr. 1378
2. Brian Shirley 1359
3. Wes Steidinger 1247
4. Jeep VanWormer 1181
5. Will Vaught 1134
6. Randy Korte 1122
7. Steve Sheppard Jr. 1070
8. Darren Miller 891
9. Kevin Weaver 845
10. Jason Feger 831
11. Jordan Bland 733
12. Ryan Unzicker 709
13. Billy Moyer 644
14. Tim Lance 528
15. Dewayne Kiefer 510

2008 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals 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 (Terry English – 47)
June 18 – Wed. – Belle Clair Speedway/Belleville, IL – $6,000 (Will Vaught – 41)
June 19 – Thurs. – I-57/I-64 Raceway/Mt. Vernon, IL – $6,000 (Darren Miller – 37)
June 20 – Fri. – Farmer City Raceway/Farmer City, IL – $10,000 (Darren Miller – 50)
June 21 – Sat. – I-55 Raceway/Pevely, MO – $10,000 (CANCELED – flooding)
June 22 – Sun. – Vermilion Co. Speedway/Danville, IL – $6,000 (Jeep VanWormer – 43)
June 23 – Mon. – OFF
June 24 – Tue. – Sedalia State Fair Speedway/Sedalia, MO – $6,000 (Brian Shirley – 27)
June 25 – Wed. – Lake Ozark Speedway/Eldon, MO – $6,000 (Billy Moyer – 31)
June 26 – Thurs. – Paducah Int’l Raceway/Paducah, KY – $6,000 (Kevin Claycomb – 35)
June 27 – Fri. – Lawrenceburg Speedway/Lawrenceburg, IN – $10,000 (Dennis Erb Jr. – 36)
June 28 – Sat. – Clarksville Speedway/Clarksville, TN – $10,000 (Rain – postponed to July 19)
June 29 – Sun. – Lincoln Speedway/Lincoln, IL – $6,000 (Brian Shirley – 46)
June 30 – Mon. – OFF
July 1 – Tue. – Peoria Speedway/Peoria, IL – $6,000 (Jeep VanWormer – 40)
July 2 – Wed. – Morgan Co. Speedway/Jacksonville, IL – $6,000 (Rain – postponed to Aug. 15)
July 3 – Thurs. – Macon Speedway/Macon, IL – $6,000 (Rain – postponed to Aug. 16)
July 4 – Fri. – Tri-City Speedway/Pontoon Beach, IL – $10,000 (Billy Moyer – 51)
July 5 – Sat. – Fairbury American Legion Speedway/Fairbury, IL -$10,000 (Jimmy Mars – 48)
July 6 – Sun. – Quad City Raceway/East Moline, IL – $6,000 (Randy Korte – 21)
July 7 – Mon. – OFF
July 8 – Tue. – Quincy (IL) Speedway – $6,000 (Rained out)
July 9 – Wed. – Spoon River Speedway/Canton, IL – $6,000 (Darren Miller – 47)
July 10 – Thurs. – La Salle Speedway/La Salle, IL – $6,000 (Rain)
July 11 – Fri. – Brownstown (IN) Speedway – $10,000 (Rescheduled date)
July 12 – Sat. – Oakshade Raceway/Wauseon, OH – $10,000
July 19 – Sat. – Clarksville Speedway/Clarksville, TN – $10,000 (Rescheduled date – non-points)
Aug. 15 – Fri. – Morgan Co. Speedway/Jacksonville, IL – $6,000 (Rescheduled date – non-points)
Aug. 16 – Sat. – Macon Speedway/Macon, IL – $6,000 (Rescheduled date – non -points)