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UMP DIRT Racing National Points Update: Hot Feger Grabs Super Late Model Points Lead, Cook Maintains Modified Edge

Maryville, IL — With one sizzling summer weekend, Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., ascended to the top of the UMP DIRTcar Racing national Super Late Model points standings.

Feger, 31, won three times in as many UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned starts last weekend, allowing him to overtake two-time defending national champion Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., for the lead in the points standings released on Thursday by organization officials.

In races run through Aug. 10, Feger holds a 14-point lead (2,737-2,723) over Erb. Feger is seeking his first career UMP DIRTcar national Super Late Model title.

Feger caught fire last weekend, winning O’Reilly MARS DIRTcar Series events co-sanctioned by UMP DIRTcar on Aug. 7 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and Aug. 8 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo., and a weekly UMP DIRTcar A-Main on Aug. 9 at Shepp’s Speedway in Alexander, Ill. The outburst, which included Feger’s first-ever MARS victories, left him with 12 UMP DIRTcar feature wins this season; only Steve Sheppard Jr. of New Berlin, Ill., has more wins, with 13.

Erb, meanwhile, raced only once last weekend, finishing fifth on Aug. 8 at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway.

Gary Cook Jr. of Deer Creek, Ill., continued to pace the UMP DIRTcar national Modified points standings. He enters this weekend’s action holding an 83-point advantage (2,337-2,254) over Randle Sweeney of Clifty, Ky.

Other UMP DIRTcar national points leaders through Aug. 10 included Tait Davenport of West Paducah, Ky. (Pro Late Models), Jimmy Cummins of Waterloo, Ill. (Sportsman), Chad Boone of Owensboro, Ky. (Limited Modifieds), Rick Thomas of Koehler, Ill. (Stock Cars), Bill May of Muskegon, Mich. (Factory Stocks) and Bob Zbinden of Alhambra, Ill. (Sport Compacts).

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UMP DIRTcar Racing National Points Standings (as of Aug. 10, 2009):

Super Late Models (driver/points/races counted):

1. Jason Feger 2737 40
2. Dennis Erb Jr. 2723 40
3. Rusty Schlenk 2555 40
4. Randy Korte 2521 38
5. Steve Sheppard Jr. 2496 40
6. Kevin Weaver 2481 40
7. Ryan Unzicker 2447 40
8. Brandon Sheppard 2278 40
9. Mike Hammerle 2254 40
10. Frankie Heckenast 2210 40
11. Jon Henry 2100 36
12. Eric Smith 1983 34
13. Shannon Babb 1975 33
14. Michael Kloos 1966 40
15. Brian Ruhlman 1876 32
16. Daren Friedman 1843 33
17. Richie Hedrick 1832 40
18. Joe Harlan 1778 34
19. Mark Voigt 1749 35
20. Dusty Moore 1743 34

Modifieds (driver/points/races counted):

1. Gary Cook Jr. 2337 30
2. Randle Sweeney 2254 30
3. John McCaul 2207 30
4. Jeff Leka 2191 30
5. Devin Gilpin 2142 30
6. Mike Spatola 2137 30
7. Kent Robinson 2106 30
8. Todd Sherman 2105 30
9. Jeff Babcock 2079 30
10. Tim Hancock 2075 30
11. Lance Dehm 2069 30
12. Clint DeMoss 2002 30
13. Clayton Miller 1996 30
14. Vance Wilson 1954 30
15. Jeremy Nichols 1919 30
16. Marty O’Neal 1917 30
17. Bobby Bittle 1880 30
18. Nick Allen 1875 30
19. Chad Osterhoff 1873 30
20. Troy Marciniak 1813 30

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races counted):

1. Tait Davenport 2013 29
2. Bobby Dauderman 1976 30
3. Caleb Ashby 1935 30
4. Dustin Griffin 1838 30
5. Nick Bauman 1773 27
6. Rylan Dagg 1697 30
7. Bobby Martintoni 1683 30
8. Matt Liner 1627 29
9. Daniel Heck 1394 23
10. Josh Harris 1376 23

Sportsman (driver/points/races counted):

1. Jimmy Cummins 1798 25
2. Clayton Perry 1712 25
3. Russell Eilers 1616 24
4. Greg Kimmons 1584 25
5. Troy Clark 1506 25
6. Brian Williams 1440 23
7. Brad Cummings 1390 25
8. Greg Amick 1377 25
9. Chad Weinrick 1372 25
10. Christy Georges 1299 23

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races counted):

1. Chad Boone 1756 25
2. Jeff Brooks 1413 25
3. Jonathan Smith 1292 20
4. Scotty Oliver 1266 22
5. Jansen Morris 1199 20
6. Shelli O’Bryan 1129 22
7. John Paul Talkington 1076 20
8. Josh Tyler 1054 21
9. Chad Sweeney 1007 19
10. Chris Buhler 989 17

Stock Cars (driver/points/races counted):

1. Rick Thomas 1873 25
2. David Hurst 1760 25
3. Joel Funk 1714 25
4. Dave Mannise 1680 25
5. Larry Russell Jr. 1653 25
6. Chris Fisher 1649 25
7. Steve Ewing 1642 25
8. Ervin Turner 1642 25
9. Stacy Tretter 1588 24
10. Mike Welch 1581 25

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races counted):

1. Bill May 1685 25
2. Justin Schuler 1398 24
3. Tony Weinrick 1078 22
4. Paul Tenbrink 1074 18
5. Dan Wilson 1066 17
6. Nate Tarte 1043 25
7. Jim Scout 968 14
8. Dean Rake 956 15
9. Loren Peterson 955 17
10. Dennis Ponder 947 15

Sport Compacts (driver/points/races counted):

1. Bob Zbinden 1952 25
2. Joe Reed 1898 25
3. Eric Wisher 1700 25
4. Michael Rittenberry 1621 25
5. C.J. Rector 1545 25
6. Eric Wilson 1533 25
7. Richard Ashby 1472 25
8. Todd Meyer 1441 23
9. Cook Crawford 1433 25
10. Mark Farber 1430 25