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Jared Landers Nets Fifth Alltel DIRTcar Nationals Victory

2009 DIRTcar NationalsBarberville, FL — Another victory has Jared Landers on the verge of making UMP DIRTcar Racing history in the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park, while Darren Miller opened the Dirt Late Model portion of the event with a dominating victory.

Landers, of Batesville, Ark., captured his fifth victory during the 38th annual event at the sweeping half-mile dirt track near Daytona Beach. Using a last-lap pass on Ty Dillon to capture the checkered flag, Landers tied the mark of five victories set by Steve Arpin in 2007. Landers will go for the record in the UMP DIRTcar Modified finale on Tuesday.

With each victory Landers continues to increase his odds of becoming the 2009 Alltel All-Star as Miller became the first eligible Dirt Late Model driver in the contest. 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.

“I want to talk about all my other cars,” Landers said of the Team Dillon effort that placed Ty Dillon second, Austin Dillon third and Ryan Gifford fourth. “I had four cars I built for these guys and look, one, two, three, four. And I didn’t think I was going to be able to outrun them. Ty had it won. If we had a caution there was no way in the world I would have caught him. They just did a heck of a job. It just happened to work for me. I don’t know how.”

Miller, meanwhile, grabbed control of the green-to-checkered UMP DIRTcar Late Model feature from the start. He worked smoothly through traffic and right into the Alltel Victory Lane, making himself eligible for the $10,000 grand prize.

“It’s huge,” said Miller, of Chadwick, Ill. “It’d be neat if we could get more people like Alltel involved in what we’re doing. They came here last year and saw all what was going on and obviously were pretty happy because they came back. It’d be neat to see some more people get involved like they are. We definitely need to thank these people and try to keep going with this.”

Through seven 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); Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Ind. (f).

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

Dirt Late Models — Darren Miller, Chadwick, Ill. (g).

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 7

UMP DIRTcar Super Late Model 30-lap A-main
Pos. / Driver
1. Darren Miller
2. Darrell Lanigan
3. Scott Bloomquist
4. Wendell Wallace
5. Steve Francis
6. Jimmy Owens
7. Rick Eckert
8. Josh Richards
9. Chub Frank
10. Billy Moyer
11. John Blankenship
12. Shannon Babb
13. Eddie Carrier Jr.
14. Brady Smith
15. Ivedent Lloyd
16. Dennis Erb Jr.
17. Clint Smith
18. Clint Bowyer
19. Billy Decker
20. Tyler Ivey
21. Scott James
22. Shane Clanton
23. John Anderson
24. Dale McDowell

UMP DIRTcar Modified 20-lap A-main
Pos. / Name
1. Jared Landers
2. Ty Dillon
3. Austin Dillon
4. Ryan Gifford
5. Mike Spatola
6. Devin Gilpin
7. Corky Thomas
8. Jacob Hawkins
9. Andy Gordon
10. Randy Hall
11. Ryan Aho
12. Tim Hancock
13. Jon Henry
14. Mike Knight
15. Gary Cook Jr.
16. Stormy Scott
17. Todd Sherman
18. Scott Green
19. Darrell Nelson
20. Grant Junghans
21. Kent Robinson
22. Rich Michael
23. Kenny Wallace
24. Tommy Seets Jr.
25. Steve Arpin
26. Dave Groves
27. Kenny Schrader
28. Randle Sweeney

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 (Joey Saldana)
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds “The Gator” qualifying Night 2 (Randy Hall)

February 8, Sunday
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series (Donny Schatz)
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds “The Gator” Championship (Jared Landers)

February 9, Monday
UMP DIRTcar Late Models (Darren Miller)
UMP DIRTcar Modifieds (Jared Landers)

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