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UMP DIRTcar Racing National Points Update: Schlenk (Super Late Models) & Sweeney (Modifieds) Maintain Points Leads

Grayville, IL — Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich. (Super Late Models) and Randle Sweeney of Clifty, Ky. (Modifieds) maintained their UMP DIRTcar Racing national points leads heading into the busy Memorial Day Weekend.

Last weekend’s wet weather throughout the Midwest curtailed Schlenk’s racing plans to just one start, but he made the most of it by winning Friday night’s Super Late Model feature at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. His points lead did shrink slightly from the previous week, however, going from 63 points through May 12 to 54 points through May 20.

Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., now sits second in the Super Late Model national points standings, continuing his steady climb in the rankings over the past month. The driver known as the ‘Highside Hustler’ scored a feature win last Saturday night at Kamp Motor Speedway in Boswell, Ind., and finished 11th in Sunday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway that was co-sanctioned by UMP DIRTcar.

The 44-year-old Sweeney, meanwhile, registered a second-place finish last Friday night at Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway in his only Modified appearance of the weekend, extending his national points lead slightly to 64 points over Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind.

Robinson was victorious on Saturday night at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, but he couldn’t close the gap on Sweeney because he received only a one-point bonus.

Gary Cook Jr. of Deery Creek, Ill., vaulted from sixth to third in the Modified points standings after racing twice over the weekend. He finished fifth on Saturday night at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway and won Sunday night’s feature at Quad City Raceway in East Moline, Ill.

In other UMP DIRTcar divisional points races, Tait Davenport of West Paducah, Ky. (Pro Late Models), Chad Boone of Owensboro, Ky. (Limited Modifieds) and Bill May of Muskegon, Mich. (Factory Stocks) remained at the top of their respective national standings.

New points leaders after last weekend’s action include Troy Clark of North Vernon, Ind. (Sportsman), Chris Fisher of Bluff Point, N.Y. (Stock Cars) and Michael Rittenberry of Clarksville, Tenn. (4-Cylinders).

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 20, 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 877 15
2. Jason Feger 823 12
3. Jon Henry 809 14
4. Mike Hammerle 800 18
5. Jason McBride 766 15
6. Steve Sheppard Jr. 746 13
7. Frankie Heckenast 721 13
8. Dennis Erb Jr. 691 12
9. Michael Kloos 663 14
10. Ryan Unzicker 658 14
11. Brandon Sheppard 654
12. Ed Dixon* 629 10
13. Dusty Moore 627 11
14. Ted Loomis 591 11
15. Richie Hedrick 589 14
16. Jayme Zidar 576 12
17. Kevin Weaver 568 9
18. Tony Albright 565 9
19. Daren Friedman 534 8
20. Kyle Logue 533 9

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

1. Randle Sweeney 1021 15
2. Kent Robinson 957 16
3. Gary Cook Jr. 930 14
4. Stormy Scott 928 15
5. Christy Georges 896 15
6. Jeff Leka 893 14
7. Todd Sherman 820 13
8. Michael Lee 759 13
9. Lucas Lee 755 13
10. Johnny Scott* 754 12
11. Jeff Babcock 744 12
12. Clayton Miller* 740 11
13. Jamie Cobb 728 13
14. Zach Fair 704 12
15. Mike Spatola 700 13
16. Royal Jones 678 12
17. Vance Wilson 677 10
18. Nick Allen 675 11
19. Tim Hancock 674 12
20. Bobby Bittle* 664 10

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Tait Davenport 1065 16
2. Caleb Ashby 851 13
3. Josh Harris 579 10
4. Bobby Dauderman* 537 10
5. Nick Bauman 531 8
6. Rylan Dagg 484 10
7. Phil Gregory* 440 10
8. Gil Smith 432 8
9. Matt Liner* 424 8
10. Bryan Singleton* 392 8

Sportsman (driver/points/races):

1. Troy Clark 818 14
2. Clayton Perry* 812 12
3. Jimmy Cummins* 666 11
4. Brad Cummings* 574 10
5. Greg Kimmons * 563 9
6. Kevin Clark* 522 9
7. Tom Smallwood* 503 10
8. Russell Eilers* 499 7
9. Don Newcomb 496 9
10. Christy Georges 481 8

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Chad Boone 630 9
2. Scotty Oliver* 505 9
3. Chris Buhler 476 9
4. Jeff Brooks* 451 8
5. Kevin Dupont* 419 6
6. Brandi Burney 390 7
7. Bobby Fehring* 387 6
8. John Paul Talkington* 374 8
9. Scott Bettes* 361 6
10. Jonathan Smith 358 6

Stock Cars (driver/points/races):

1. Chris Fisher 691 12
2. Dave Mannise 665 13
3. Travis Myers* 621 11
4. Steve Ewing* 585 9
5. Grady Christian* 582.5 8
6. Jon Wix* 544 9
7. Ro n Wadforth 532 7
8. Jerrad Krick 530 8
9. David Hurst* 523 8
10. Larry Russell Jr.* 516 8

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races):

1. Bill May 471 8
2. Nate Tarte 351 8
3. Robbie Sternberg 340 7
4. Scott Erickson 336 7
5. Chuck Smith 313 7
6. Mickey Hines* 303 5
7. Dennis Ponder* 302 4
8. Danny Hupp* 295 5
9. Fred Ryland* 295 4
10. Tony Weinrick 285 7

4-Cylinders (driver/points/races):

1. Michael Rittenberry* 663 10
2. Bob Zbinden* 644 9
3. Tony LaPorta* 624 9
4. Danny Lunn 615 9
5. Jeff Rittenberry* 588 9
6. Jeff Dodd* 582 8
7. Evan Taylor* 574 9
8. Joe Reed* 558 8
9. Gilbert Espy 541 9
10. Justin Suhre* 517 8