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UMP DIRTcar Racing National Points Update: Schlenk Keeps Super Late Model Lead, Kent Robinson Moves Atop Modified Standings

Grayville, IL — Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich. (Super Late Models) and Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ill. (Modifieds) enter the final weekend of May sitting atop the UMP DIRTcar Racing national points standings in their respective divisions.

Schlenk continued to lead the Super Late Model points battle despite experiencing a relatively quiet Memorial Day Weekend on the Midwest’s dirt tracks. He entered three American Late Model Series events, finishing ninth on May 22 at Mount Pleasant (Mich.) Speedway; 14th on May 23 at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio (driving the Wagner No. 83 after he rolled his Lawrence Motorsports No. 11 during hot laps); and eighth on May 24 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Schlenk’s points lead did shrink from 54 points to 34 points. He rolls into this weekend’s action leading Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, who also ran the ALMS tripleheader with finishes of third at Mount Pleasant, second at Oakshade and 15th at Eldora (after hitting the wall during his heat and using a provisional to start the feature).

The 21-year-old Robinson, meanwhile, overtook Randle Sweeney of Clifty, Ky., for the Modified division’s national points lead. Robinson’s victory on May 22 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and a second-place finish on May 23 at Kamp Motor Speedway in Boswell, Ind., trumped Sweeney’s triumph on May 23 at Western Kentucky Speedway in Nebo, Ky.

Robinson enters this weekend’s racing schedule holding a slim four-point lead (1,013-1,009) over Todd Sherman of Churubusco, Ind., who vaulted from seventh to second in the standings after running five features (with one win) over Memorial Day Weekend.

In other UMP DIRTcar divisional points races, national points leaders through May 27 include Tait Davenport of West Paducah, Ky. (Pro Late Models), Troy Clark of North Vernon, Ind. (Sportsman), Chad Boone of Owensboro, Ky. (Limited Modifieds), Chris Fisher of Bluff Point, N.Y. (Stock Cars), Bill May of Muskegon, Mich. (Factory Stocks) and Bob Zbinden of Alhambra, Ill. (4-Cylinders). Zbinden was the only new points leader after the holiday weekend activity.

All drivers are reminded that they must have a valid DIRTcar Racing membership by June 16 to be eligible to earn points for the remainder of the season. Visit www.DIRTcarmembers.com for more information about the benefits of a DIRTcar Racing membership.

Log on to www.dirtcar.com for more information on UMP DIRTcar Racing and to view complete points standings for all divisions.

UMP DIRTcar Racing National Points Standings (as of May 27, 2009):

NOTE: Asterisk by driver’s name indicates they still must obtain a DIRTcar Racing membership by June 16 in order to be eligible to receive points for the remainder of the 2009 season

Super Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Rusty Schlenk 1034 18
2. Jon Henry 1010 17
3. Mike Hammerle 968 21
4. Jason Feger 945 14
5. Jason McBride 891 17
6. Steve Sheppard Jr. 866 15
7. Frankie Heckenast 829 15
8. Michael Kloos 815 16
9. Ed Dixon* 770 12
10. Dennis Erb Jr. 770 14
11. Richie Hedrick 763 17
12. Dusty Moore 756 14
13. Brandon Sheppard 737 15
14. Ted Loomis 726 13
15. Ryan Unzicker 724 16
16. Kevin Weaver 722 11
17. Daren Friedman 690 10
18. Chris Dick* 683 13
19. Brian Ruhlman 656 11
20. Tony Albright 640 10

Open-Wheel Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Kent Robinson 1113 18
2. Todd Sherman 1109 18
3. Randle Sweeney 1098 16
4. Gary Cook Jr. 1016 16
5. Jeff Leka 1012 16
6. John McCaul 1000 15
7. Mike Spatola 962 18
8. Christy Georges 946 17
9. Stormy Scott 928 15
10. Troy Marciniak 906 15
11. Jeff Babcock 899 14
12. Clayton Miller* 886 13
13. Lucas Lee 876 15
14. Michael Lee 857 15
15. Jeremy Nichols 834 16
16. Vance Wilson 832 12
17. Jamie Cobb 830 15
18. Nick Allen 805 13
19. Bobby Bittle 795 12
20. Bryce Jewell 787 16

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Tait Davenport 1207 18
2. Caleb Ashby 993 15
3. Bobby Dauderman* 761 14
4. Rylan Dagg 758 14
5. Nick Bauman 708 11
6. Josh Harris* 677 12
7. Matt Liner* 552 10
8. Bobby Martintoni 499 10
9. Gil Smith 497 9
10. Matt Beadles* 485 10

Sportsman (driver/points/races):

1. Troy Clark 963 16
2. Clayton Perry* 903 14
3. Jimmy Cummins* 819 13
4. Brad Cummings* 770 13
5. Greg Kimmons* 638 10
6. Tom Smallwood* 613 12
7. Alan Magner 600 11
8. Jeff Herzog* 575 9
9. Russell Eilers* 574 8
10. Kevin Clark* 566 10

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Chad Boone 775 11
2. Scotty Oliver* 635 11
3. Jeff Brooks* 571 10
4. Chris Buhler 476 9
5. Derrick Brooks* 448 8
6. John Paul Talkington* 426 9
7. Kevin Dupont 419 6
8. Brandi Burney 390 7
9. Bobby Fehring* 387 6
10. Josh Tyler 378 8

Stock Cars (driver/points/races):

1. Chris Fisher 850 15
2. Dave Mannise 845 16
3. Steve Ewing* 700 11
4. Travis Myers* 681 12
5. David Hurst* 666 10
6. Andy Fisk 661 11
7. Ron Wadforth 641 9
8. Brandon Roundtree* 634 12
9. Larry Russell Jr.* 614 10
10. J osh Griffith* 599 11

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races):

1. Bill May 616 10
2. Tony Weinrick 430 9
3. Nate Tarte 427 10
4. Scott Erickson 401 8
5. Robbie Sternberg 384 8
6. Mickey Hines* 382 6
7. Dennis Ponder* 379 5
8. Fred Ryland* 370 5
9. Bruce Norwick* 363 7
10. Chuck Smith 361 8

4-Cylinders (driver/points/races):

1. Bob Zbinden* 815 12
2. Michael Rittenberry* 733 11
3. Eric Wisher 695 10
4. Jeff Dodd* 667 9
5. Jeff Rittenberry* 663 10
6. Evan Taylor* 639 10
7. Justin Suhre* 639 11
8. Joe Reed* 638 9
9. Tony LaPorta* 624 9
10. Danny Lunn 615 9