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UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Race 19: Mother Nature claims I-55 Raceway Summer Nationals

DIRTcar Summer NationalsPevely, MO — Rain showers that started overnight and continued through the morning and afternoon hours in Pevely, Mo., have forced the cancellation of what was set to be the 19th leg of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals at I-55 Raceway. The rainout comes after the 2008 version of the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals were cancelled due to flooding at the high banked third-mile track.

No makeup was immediately announced for the 40-lap, $10,000-to-win race, although UMP DIRTcar and track officials were discussing possible makeup dates.

The rainout was the fourth of the 2009 version of the “Hell Tour”.

The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour is set to resume Sunday night July 5th at Vermillion County (Ill.) Speedway for a 40-lap $6,000 to win event.
Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., holds a slim four point lead over defending champion Dennis Erb with six races remaining on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour.

2009 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Point Rankings – Top 20
Rank/Car Number/Name/Points

1 OO RANDY KORTE 1150
2 28 DENNIS ERB 1146
3 25 JASON FEGER 1060
4 18 SHANNON BABB 1041
5 B12 KEVIN WEAVER 1037
6 27 RODNEY MELVIN 1018
7 24 RYAN UNZICKER 891
8 42 TERRY CASEY 834
9 55 JEEP VANWORMER 745
10 5s STEVE SHEPPARD 742
11 1c DUANE CHAMBERLAIN 670
12 21 BILLY MOYER 650
13 3s BRIAN SHIRLEY 649
14 99 FRANK HECKENAST 593
15 83 SCOTT JAMES 575
16 1w DONNY WALDEN 552
17 J1 WES STEIDINGER 516
18 B5 BRANDON SHEPPARD 457
19 30 MARK VOIGT 422
20 66 BILL FRYE 353

For more information on the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Tour fans can visit http://www.thehelltour.com

Fans can now receive news, updates and other behind-the-scenes information about the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals by following the tour’s official feed on Twitter, the internet’s fast-growing social-networking and micro-blogging website.

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2009 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule
Date/Track/Location/Purse/Winner/Cars
06/11/09 Brownstown Speedway – Brownstown, IN – $6,000 (Jeep VanWormer – 43)
06/12/09 Kankakee Motor Speedway – Kankakee,IL – $10,000 (Billy Moyer – 51)
06/13/09 Kamp Motor Speedway – Boswell, IN – $10,000 (Eric Smith – 44)
06/14/09 Quad City Raceway – East Moline, IL – $6,000 (Dennis Erb – 31)
06/16/09 Highland Speedway – Highland, IL – $6,000 (RAIN)
06/17/09 Belle-Clair Speedway – Belleville, IL – $6,000 (Dennis Erb – 47)
06/18/09 Charleston Speedway – Charleston, IL – $6,000 (RAIN)
06/19/09 Farmer City Raceway – Farmer City, IL – $10,000 (RAIN)
06/20/09 Clarksville Speedway – Clarksville, TN – $10,000 (Billy Moyer – 44)
06/21/09 Tri-State Speedway – Haubstadt, IN – $6,000 (Jeep Van Wormer – 43)
06/23/09 Charleston Speedway – Charleston, IL $6,000 (Rodney Melvin – 26)
06/24/09 Tri-City Speedway – Pontoon Beach, IL $6,000 (Jason Feger – 34)
06/25/09 Clay Hill Motorsports Park – Atwood, TN – $6,000 (Billy Moyer – 38)
06/26/09 Paducah International Raceway – Paducah, KY – $10,000 (Billy Moyer – 41)
06/27/09 Fairbury Speedway – Fairbury, IL – $10,000 (Billy Moyer – 34)
06/28/09 Lincoln Speedway – Lincoln, IL – $6,000 (Randy Korte – 35)
06/29/09 Farmer City Raceway – Farmer City,IL $6,000 (Dennis Erb Jr. – 34)
06/30/09 Peoria Speedway – Peoria, IL – $6,000 (Jason Feger – 39)
07/01/09 Highland Speedway – Highland, IL – $6,000 (Jeep Van Wormer – 39)
07/02/09 Macon Speedway – Macon, IL – $6,000 (Shannon Babb – 34)
07/03/09 Quincy Raceway – Quincy, IL – $10,000 (Shannon Babb – 33)
07/04/09 I-55 Raceway – Pevely, MO – $10,000 (RAIN)
07/05/09 Vermillion County Speedway – Danville, IL – $6,000
07/07/09 Shepp Speedway – Alexandria, IL – $6,000
07/08/09 Spoon River Speedway – Canton,IL $6,000
07/09/09 La Salle Speedway – La Salle, IL – $6,000
07/10/09 Waynesfield Motorsports Park – Waynesfield, OH – $10,000
07/11/09 Oakshade Raceway – Wauseon, OH – 10,000

The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals is brought to race fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: VP Racing Fuels, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, Hoosier Racing Tire, Quarter Master, Just Plugs, Special Olympics, Wrisco Aluminum, Eibach Springs, and Integra Racing Shocks.