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UMP DIRTcar Racing National Points Update: Schlenk Maintains Super Late Model Lead, Sweeney Regains Modified Top Spot

Grayville, IL — Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich., maintained his Super Late Model national points lead and Randle Sweeney of Clifty, Ky., regained the top spot in the open-wheel Modified national rankings after last weekend’s UMP DIRTcar Racing action.

Schlenk, 22, made two UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned starts last weekend, finishing fifth on May 8 at Mount Pleasant (Mich.) Speedway and a close second on May 9 at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio. His performance extended his national points lead, which he had regained one week earlier, from 53 to 63 points through May 12.

Moving up to second in the Super Late Model standings was Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, who finished third behind Schlenk at Oakshade.

Among the highlights last weekend on the UMP DIRTcar Super Late Model circuit was the first career win for Jason McBride of Carbondale, Ill. The 22-year-old, second-year full-fender driver broke through on May 9 at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway, but it was his only start of the weekend and he fell from second to fifth in the national points standings.

Sweeney, 44, also was triumphant last Saturday night at Clarksville, capturing the UMP DIRTcar Modified feature to regain the national points lead he had lost the previous week to Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind. A seven-time winner this season, Sweeney enters this weekend’s competition holding a 60-point edge over Robinson, whose lone start last weekend resulted in a DNQ on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Other UMP DIRTcar national points leaders include defending Pro Late Model division champ Tait Davenport of West Paducah, Ky.; Clayton Perry of North Vernon, Ind. (Sportsman); Chad Boone of Owensboro, Ky., (Limited Modifieds); Dave Mannise of Fulton, N.Y. (Stock Cars); Bill May of Muskegon, Mich. (Factory Stocks); and Danny Lunn of Altoona, Fla. (4-Cylinders). Boone and May are new points leaders entering this weekend’s UMP DIRTcar action.

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UMP DIRTcar Racing National Points Standings (as of May 12, 2009):

Super Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Rusty Schlenk 795 14
2. Jon Henry 732 13
3. Mike Hammerle 731 16
4. Jason Feger 694 10
5. Jason McBride 689 14
6. Frankie Heckenast 637 11
7. Steve Sheppard Jr. 633 11
8. Ryan Unzicker 588 12
9. Jayme Zidar 576 12
10. Michael Kloos 574 12
11. Dennis Erb Jr. 570 10
12. Brandon Sheppard 569 11
13. Ed Dixon 558 9
14. Dusty Moore 555 10
15. Ted Loomis 539 10
16. Richie Hedrick 514 12
17. Tony Albright 503 8
18. Kevin Weaver 503 8
19. Chris Dick 488 9
20. Mark Voigt 485 9

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

1. Randle Sweeney 941 14
2. Kent Robinson 881 15
3. Stormy Scott 878 14
4. Christy Georges 848 14
5. Jeff Leka 813 13
6. Gary Cook Jr. 788 12
7. Johnny Scott 684 11
8. Todd Sherman 668 11
9. Michael Lee 646 11
10. Lucas Lee 634 11
11. Royal Jones 632 11
12. Tim Hancock 626 11
13. Mike Spatola 621 12
14. Jeremy Nichols 620 12
15. Sherman Barnett 617 14
16. Clayton Miller 614 9
17. Jamie Cobb 610 11
18. Vance Wilson 610 9
19. Nick Allen 601 10
20. B ryce Jewell 600 12

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Tait Davenport 930 14
2. Caleb Ashby 721 11
3. Nick Bauman 531 8
4. Bobby Dauderman 527 9
5. Rylan Dagg 474 9
6. Josh Harris 444 8
7. Gil Smith 394 7
8. Phil Gregory 356 8
9. Shawn Rayfield 355 6
10. Kevin Moffett 354 7

Sportsman (driver/points/races):

1. Clayton Perry 648 9
2. Troy Clark 544 10
3. Jimmy Cummins 510 8
4. Brad Cummings 454 8
5. Shaun Daugherty 440 7
6. Alan Magner 411 8
7. Kevin Clark 401 7
8. Garrett Stewart 392 7
9. Christy Georges 361 6
10. Tom Smallwood 359 7

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Chad Boone 480 7
2. Chris Buhler 476 9
3. Kevin Dupont 419 6
4. Brandi Burney 390 7
5. John Paul Talkington 374 8
6. Scotty Oliver 370 7
7. Jonathan Smith 358 6
8. Jeff Brooks 350 6
9. Evan Delahoussaye 335 7
10. Bryan Barrett 323 8

Stock Cars (driver/points/races):

1. Dave Mannise 520 9
2. Grady Christian 507.5 7
3. Chris Fisher 507 9
4. Travis Myers 456 7
5. Jon Wix 438 7
6. Charles Christian 438 7
7. Mike Welch 435 7
8. Andy Fisk 429 7
9. Charlie MacNichol 405 7
10. Steve Ewing 396 6

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races):

1. Bill May 346 6
2. Mickey Hines 303 5
3. Danny Hupp 295 5
4. Fred Ryland 295 4
5. Scott Erickson 290 5
6. Robbie Sternberg 287 5
7. Willie Sallee 281 5
8. Justin Gilliand 275 5
9. Nate Tarte 265 6
10. Rick Huisken 257 5

4-Cylinders (driver/points/races):

1. Danny Lunn 550 8
2. Tony Laporta 549 8
3. Gilbert Espy 481 8
4. Michael Rittenberry 478 7
5. Jeff Rittenberry 469 7
6. R.J. Glaser 447 8
7. Evan Taylor 439 7
8. Bob Zbinden 413 6
9. Glenn McAdams 399 6
10. Amiee Foster 397 6