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Donny Schatz, Jared Landers Back on Top At Volusia

2009 DIRTcar NationalsBarberville, FL — UMP DIRTcar Modified racer Jared Landers and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz regained their dominance of the 38th Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH on Friday night when each captured their respective feature events at Volusia Speedway Park.

The victories strengthen their positions in the battle to be crowned the event’s Alltel All-Star.

Fans can vote via text message to 247253 and enter their favorite driver’s letter code, or by visiting AlltelAllStar.com and casting a ballot. Votes will be tallied daily until Feb. 28. The overall winner as determined by fan votes will receive the $10,000 grand prize, while the top vote-getter in the other three divisions will earn $1,000. Over 12 consecutive nights from Feb. 3 to Feb. 14, 410 Sprint Cars, UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, Dirt Late Models and Big-Block Modifieds will all compete.

In the UMP DIRTcar Modified main event, Landers took the green in sixth place and was moving forward when Michael Long and Matt Goulden tangled. Landers moved to the front and held off Thursday winner Austin Dillon for his third victory in four nights.

“I don’t know if I can keep outrunning my guys there,” said Landers, who built cars for several of the top contenders, including Dillon. “We’re going to give it our best shot.”

Schatz, the three-time defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champ, started from the pole for the series’ season debut, but tailed Jason Sides for the first 10 laps. Schatz, winner on the first two nights of the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH, snuck past Sides on Lap 11 and drove to a comfortable Alltel Wireless Victory Lane celebration.

“The first one is always the toughest,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “Last year we had to wait until the middle of April. We love getting to victory lane, how we get there doesn’t matter. I feel like we could have been a little better, but we learned a lot. That’s what’s important. Every night you have to learn from your mistakes. We’ll come back tomorrow night and work a little harder.”

Heading into a season with a high level of competition, Schatz knew a fast start was important if he’s going to win his fourth consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship.

“I don’t know that we’re trying to send a message,” Schatz said. “We’re just doing our jobs and doing them well. I’ll get my mojo going shortly and get in a rhythm. These guys deserve all the credit. They worked on the cars all winter and made them absolutely awesome. I’m just lucky to be the guy driving them.”

Through four nights of competition at the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH, the Alltel All-Star contenders and their text message Letter Codes (in parenthesis) include:

Sprint Cars — Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (b); Stevie Smith, Broken Arrow, Okla. (d).

UMP DIRTcar Modifieds — Jared Landers, Batesville, Ark. (a); Austin Dillon, Lewisville, N.C. (c).

For more information about Alltel, please visit www.alltel.com. To cast your vote online visit www.AlltelAllStar.com.

Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH Statistical Report — Night 4
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 30-lap A-main

Pos. / Car / Driver / Start / Earnings
1) 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000] 2) 7S-Jason Sides [2] [$5,500] 3) 22H-Greg Hodnett [4] [$3,200] 4) 20-Kraig Kinser [3] [$2,800] 5) 10-Sammy Swindell [6] [$2,500] 6) 11-Steve Kinser [12] [$2,300] 7) 89-Cody Darrah [11] [$2,200] 8) 14-Jason Meyers [7] [$2,100] 9) R19-Jac Haudenschild [5] [$2,050] 10) 24-Terry McCarl [9] [$2,000] 11) 25-Daryn Pittman [8] [$1,500] 12) 55M-Kerry Madsen [21] [$1,200] 13) 9-Joey Saldana [19] [$1,100] 14) 19-Craig Dollansky [14] [$1,050] 15) 1-Stevie Smith [13] [$1,000] 16) 96-Bronson Maeschen [10] [$900] 17) 8K-Chad Kemenah [24] [$800] 18) 55-Chad Layton [16] [$800] 19) 6-Danny Lasoski [15] [$800] 20) 7M-Mark Smith [23] [$800] 21) 83JR-Tim Kaeding [20] [$800] 22) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [22] [$800] 23) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. [25] [$] 24) 14AJ-Wayne Johnson[17] [$800] 25) 30C-Lance Dewease [18] [$800] Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-10, Donny Schatz 11-30

UMP DIRTcar Modified Gator Championship Qualifying Night 1
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Heat 1:
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 10 Michael Long 8 2:36.081 18.722 2 96.144
2 65 Michael Davis 8 2:43.081 7.000 19.190 3 93.799
3 36 Kenny Wallace 8 2:43.577 7.496 19.411 5 92.731
4 1d Chris Smith 8 2:44.418 8.337 19.416 7 92.707
5 1G Devin Gilpin 8 2:45.337 9.256 19.047 2 94.503
6 X Mike Wedelstadt 8 2:46.116 10.035 19.703 8 91.357
7 #1 Terry Hull 8 2:46.443 10.362 19.527 5 92.180
8 55M Alan Mondus 8 2:48.629 12.548 19.808 8 90.872
9 15T Erick Thiesse 7 2:41.096 1 Lap 20.160 3 89.286
10 1M Julie McDermid 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–.— 0 –
11 22M Jerry Morgan 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–.— 0 –

Heat 2:
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 51 Rodney Wing 8 4:28.062 18.773 6 95.882
2 777 Jared Landers 8 4:28.389 0.327 18.557 7 96.998
3 29 Ryan Gifford 8 4:29.564 1.502 18.850 8 95.491
4 9X Kenny Schrader 8 4:31.161 3.099 19.248 4 93.516
5 21 Andy Gordon 8 4:31.673 3.611 19.329 5 93.124
6 O1 Todd Sherman 8 4:32.050 3.988 19.242 3 93.545
7 67 Matthew McDermid 8 4:32.832 4.770 19.360 4 92.975
8 12C Joe Carr 8 4:33.322 5.260 19.583 4 91.916
9 77 Cody Agler 8 4:33.929 5.867 19.451 4 92.540
10 22T Tony Anderson 8 4:34.992 6.930 19.697 5 91.384
11 88G Darrell George 5 2:08.363 3 Laps 20.289 3 88.718

Heat 3:
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 1K Tim Karrick 8 3:00.528 18.750 2 96.000
2 3 Austin Dillon 8 3:02.328 1.800 18.834 3 95.572
3 222 Dave Hess Jr 8 3:04.293 3.765 19.073 2 94.374
4 54L Benji Lacrosse 8 3:04.627 4.099 18.836 4 95.562
5 41M Brent Mullins 8 3:08.117 7.589 19.466 4 92.469
6 74 Mark Noble 8 3:08.566 8.038 19.512 5 92.251
7 12A Matt Auckland 8 3:08.592 8.064 19.537 6 92.133
8 0 Les Duellman 8 3:10.410 9.882 19.375 6 92.903
9 18 David McWilliams 8 3:10.719 10.191 19.741 6 91.181
10 211 Richie Ginn 8 3:12.631 12.103 19.880 8 90.543
11 12G Jason Gross 8 3:13.605 13.077 19.966 7 90.153

Heat 4:
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 41G Matt Goulden 8 7:07.821 19.144 4 94.024
2 2d Ty Dillon 8 7:08.227 0.406 18.589 7 96.831
3 64 Gary Cook Jr 8 7:10.896 3.075 19.253 3 93.492
4 20 Jacob Hawkins 8 7:11.283 3.462 19.517 7 92.227
5 24 Brad Waits 8 7:11.803 3.982 19.696 7 91.389
6 K12 Scotty Kincaid 8 7:12.950 5.129 19.719 8 91.283
7 7C Ricky Culpepper 8 7:13.332 5.511 19.811 7 90.859
8 N59 Chad Evans 8 7:14.482 6.661 19.834 8 90.753
9 9C James Coil 8 7:14.957 7.136 20.003 3 89.987
10 18H Jon Henry 2 1:21.567 6 Laps 19.705 1 91.347

B-Main 1:
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 X Mike Wedelstadt 10 3:48.108 19.166 5 93.916
2 O1 Todd Sherman 10 3:51.782 3.674 19.767 2 91.061
3 55M Alan Mondus 10 3:52.800 4.692 19.818 4 90.827
4 #1 Terry Hull 10 3:54.353 6.245 19.856 3 90.653
5 1M Julie McDermid 10 3:54.587 6.479 19.822 5 90.808
6 67 Matthew McDermid 10 3:55.729 7.621 19.656 6 91.575
7 12C Joe Carr 10 3:55.879 7.771 19.902 3 90.443
8 77 Cody Agler 10 3:56.489 8.381 19.884 9 90.525
9 22T Tony Anderson 10 3:57.971 9.863 20.282 8 88.749
10 15T Erick Thiesse 10 3:59.835 11.727 20.297 8 88.683
11 22M Jerry Morgan 8 3:21.174 2 Laps 20.601 3 87.374
12 88G Darrell George 1 56.544 9 Laps 22.205 1 81.063

B-Main 2:
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 18H Jon Henry 10 7:37.092 19.278 3 93.371
2 12A Matt Auckland 10 7:37.499 0.407 19.286 3 93.332
3 0 Les Duellman 10 7:38.465 1.373 19.359 3 92.980
4 N59 Chad Evans 10 7:39.688 2.596 19.708 4 91.333
5 7C Ricky Culpepper 10 7:40.310 3.218 19.858 4 90.644
6 211 Richie Ginn 10 7:40.856 3.764 20.039 9 89.825
7 K12 Scotty Kincaid 10 7:41.746 4.654 19.500 3 92.308
8 12G Jason Gross 10 7:42.620 5.528 20.150 3 89.330
9 74 Mark Noble 8 7:00.943 2 Laps 19.269 3 93.414
10 18 David McWilliams 8 7:01.940 0.997 20.119 3 89.468
11 9C James Coil 1 46.940 9 Laps 20.777 1 86.634

Feature:
Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 777 Jared Landers 20 30:48.946 18.454 4 97.540
2 3 Austin Dillon 20 30:50.473 1.527 18.707 6 96.221
3 51 Rodney Wing 20 30:51.284 2.338 18.825 6 95.618
4 2d Ty Dillon 20 30:52.781 3.835 19.347 3 93.038
5 36 Kenny Wallace 20 30:53.550 4.604 19.158 8 93.956
6 9X Kenny Schrader 20 30:53.752 4.806 19.623 2 91.729
7 29 Ryan Gifford 20 30:54.135 5.189 19.417 9 92.702
8 222 Dave Hess Jr 20 30:54.354 5.408 19.615 9 91.767
9 64 Gary Cook Jr 20 30:55.065 6.119 19.472 9 92.440
10 18H Jon Henry 20 30:55.687 6.741 19.609 7 91.795
11 65 Michael Davis 20 30:57.454 8.508 19.478 6 92.412
12 24 Brad Waits 20 30:57.512 8.566 19.713 8 91.310
13 O1 Todd Sherman 20 30:57.725 8.779 19.681 7 91.459
14 41M Brent Mullins 20 30:58.000 9.054 19.583 4 91.916
15 12A Matt Auckland 20 30:58.607 9.661 19.855 8 90.657
16 X Mike Wedelstadt 20 30:59.258 10.312 19.755 12 91.116
17 1d Chris Smith 20 30:59.560 10.614 19.692 4 91.408
18 1K Tim Karrick 20 30:59.635 10.689 19.404 12 92.764
19 54L Benji Lacrosse 20 31:00.159 11.213 19.780 11 91.001
20 10 Michael Long 3 5:16.331 17 Laps 18.611 2 96.717
21 41G Matt Goulden 3 5:17.836 1.505 19.119 3 94.147
22 1G Devin Gilpin 3 5:23.592 7.261 20.283 3 88.744
23 21 Andy Gordon 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–.— 0 –
DNS 20 Jacob Hawkins 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–.— 0 –

Remaining Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH Daily Schedule
Pits open at 3 p.m., grandstands at 5 p.m., racing at 7:30 p.m.

February 3, Tuesday

All Star Circuit of Champions (Donny Schatz)

UMP DIRTcar Modifieds (Jared Landers)

February 4, Wednesday
All Star Circuit of Champions (Donny Schatz)
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds (Jared Landers)

February 5, Thursday
All Star Circuit of Champions (Stevie Smith)
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds (Austin Dillon)

February 6, Friday
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series (Donny Schatz)
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds “The Gator” qualifying Night 1 (Jared Landers)

February 7, Saturday
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds “The Gator” qualifying Night 2

February 8, Sunday
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds “The Gator” Championship

February 9, Monday
UMP DIRTcar Late Models
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds

February 10, Tuesday
UMP DIRTcar Late Models
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds

February 11, Wednesday
UMP DIRTcar Late Models
Advance Auto Parts Big Block Modifieds

February 12, Thursday
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Advance Auto Parts Big Block Modifieds

February 13, Friday
UMP DIRTcar Late Models
Advance Auto Parts Big Block Modifieds

February 14, Saturday
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Advance Auto Parts Big Block Modifieds