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UMP DIRTcar Racing Modified Drivers Share Over $200,000 In 2006 Points-Fund Cash

By Kevin Kovac
EVANSVILLE , IN – Jan. 24, 2006 – UMP DIRTcar Racing Modified drivers shared a total of $202,120 in 2006 points-fund cash that was distributed during the circuit’s 23rd annual awards banquet on Jan. 20 in Springfield, Ill.

The lucrative 2006 points-fund breakdown for UMP’s top open-wheel class included $74,965 for the national points race; $63,375 for the Region points battles; $51,720 for the State points races; $6,560 for the Wolfpack Challenge Series; and $5,500 for the Midwest Modified Summer Series.

Dan Hamstra of Wheatland , Ind. , who won his first career UMP Modified national championship, led all Modified drivers in total points-fund earnings with $25,600.

The 50-year-old Hamstra, won captured the national title despite missing the final three weeks of the 2006 season after suffering life-threatening injuries in a Sept. 20 highway accident, announced his retirement from driving at the UMP DIRTcar Racing Awards Banquet. His recovery is going well, but he decided to forego making a comeback after talking with his doctors and family.

Other drivers who walked away from the banquet with attractive post-season cash awards included Denny Schwartz of Ashmore, Ill. ($12,575), John DeMoss of Bloomington, Ill. ($8,500), Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill. ($8,200), Bobby Bittle of Smiton, Ill. ($7,300) and Jeff Leka of Buffalo , Ill. ($6,200).

Below is a complete breakdown of the 2006 UMP DIRTcar Racing Modified points-fund distribution.

2006 UMP DIRTcar Racing Modified National Points Fund Distribution ($74,965):

1. Dan Hamstra $20,000; 2. Denny Schwartz $10,000; 3. Mike Harrison $5,000; 4. Jeff Leka $3,000; 5. John DeMoss $2,000; 6. Ryan Thomas $1,500; 7. Ray Humphrey $1,400; 8. Bobby Bittle $1,300; 9. Jeff Bland Jr. $1,200; 10. Todd Sherman $1,100; 11. Jesse Cramer $1,000; 12. Matt Mevert $900; 13. Gabe Menser $800; 14. Matt Boknecht $700; 15. Arby Burton $650; 16. Tim Hancock $600; 17. Brent Mullins $550; 18. Lee Hobbs $500; 19. Danny Schwartz $490; 20. Scott Bull $475;

21. Bub Patrick $470; 22. Jammie Wilson $465; 23. (tie) Gary Cook Jr. $457.50; 23. (tie) Tom Seets Sr. $457.50; 25. Bobby Martintoni $450; 26. Rob Fuqua $445; 27. Steve Ott $440; 28. Lance Dehm $435; 29. Brian Bielong $430; 30. Matt Goulden $425; 31. Dave Porth $420; 32. Tim Reynolds $415; 33. Mike Roediger $410; 34. Jason Lakey $405; 35. Derek Losh $400; 36. Kent Robinson $395; 37. Tony Anderson $390; 38. Ray Walsh $385; 39. McKay Wenger $380; 40. Tommie Seets Jr. $375;

41. Nick Allen $370; 42. Brad Wieck $365; 43. Clayton Miller $360; 44. Paul Bumgardner $355; 45. Leroy Haney $350; 46. Brent Keyes $345; 47. Scott Weber $340; 48. Brooks Strength $335; 49. Kevin Hastings $330; 50. Jamey Henson $325; 51. Charles Zimmerman $320; 52. Don Kiger $315; 53. Mark Herbert $310; 54. Brandon Dierlam $305; 55. Michael Bolyard $300; 56. Jim Farris $295; 57. Todd Feutz $290; 58. Matt Bachman $285; 59. David Flowers $280; 60. Chad Osterhoff $275;

61. Troy English $270; 62. Johnny DeYoung $265; 63. Ryan Driemeyer $260; 64. Aaron Ricketts $255; 65. Tom Ratajczyk $250; 66. Scott Orr $245; 67. Jacob Poel $240; 68. Tommy Kroll $235; 69. Tyler Boggs $230; 70. Ray Wagner $225; 71. (tie) Ryan Fisk $217.50; 71. (tie) Shane Hebert $217.50; 73. Dale Hayes $210; 74. Ben Stephens $205; 75. Jesse Carson $200; 76. Joel Funk $195; 77. Kelly Devall $190; 78. Stan Smith $185; 79. Brett Korves $180; 80. Ricky Waggoner $175;

81. Travis Peery $170; 82. Cody Hood $165; 83. Bobby Dauderman $160; 84. Chad Sellers $155; 85. Mark Anderson $150; 86. Jeb Friedman $145; 87. Jeff Curl $140; 88. Mike Vanderiet Jr. $135; 89. Chris Streeval $130; 90. Jimmy Westerfield $125; 91. Shane Barbara $120; 92. (tie) Billy Collett $112.50; 92. (tie) Jimmy Cummins $112.50; 94; Gabriel Kirtley $105; 95. Brad Heady $100; 96. JD Beal $95; 97. Jason Hastings $90; 98. Ronnie Falloway $85; 99. Shelby Miles $80; 100. Phil VanSant $75

2006 Midwest Modified Summer Series Points Fund Distribution ($5,500):

1. Denny Schwartz $2,000; 2. Gabe Menser $1,000; 3. Danny Schwartz $600; 4. John DeMoss $500; 5. Dan Hamstra $400; 6. Matt Mevert $300; 7. Don Kiger $250; 8. Jeff Leka $200; 9. Rob Fuqua $150; 10. Aaron Ricketts $100

2006 Wolfpack Challenge Series Points Fund Distribution ($6,560):

1. Mike Harrison $2,500; 2. Ray Humphrey $1,200; 3. Carlos Bumgardner $600; 4. Matt Goulden $500; 5. Jeff Bland Jr. $400; 6. Shelby Miles $300; 7. Ralph Groomer $280; 8. Matt Mevert $270; 9. Ryan Thomas $260; 10. Rob Fuqua $250

2006 UMP UMP DIRTcar Racing Modified Region Points Fund Distribution ($63,375):

NORTH: 1. Dan Hamstra $5,000; 2. Jeff Leka $2,000; 3. Arby Burton $1,000; 4. Jammie Wilson $700; 5. Tim Reynolds $500; 6. Lance Dehm $400; 7. Dave Porth $375; 8. Gary Cook Jr. $350; 9. Jason Lakey $325; 10. Scott Bull $300; 11. McKay Wenger $275; 12. Nick Allen $250; 13. Kevin Hastings $225; 14. Bub Patrick $200; 15. Jim Farris $180; 16. Todd Feutz $160; 17. Don Kiger $140; 18. Matt Bachman $120; 19. Chad Osterhoff $100; 20. Denny Schwartz $75

SOUTH: 1. Clayton Miller $5,000; 2. Charles Zimmerman $2,000; 3. Brandon Dierlam $1,000; 4. David Flowers $700; 5. Troy English $500; 6. Ricky Waggoner $400; 7. Jimmy Westerfield $375; 8. Gabriel Kirtley $350; 9. Ronnie Falloway $325; 10. Robert Leach $300; 11. Jeff Elliott $275; 12. AJ Garber $250; 13. Lucas Lee $225; 14. Michael Coakley $200; 15. Jeff Parks $180; 16. Jamie Cobb $160; 17. Tim Ellington $140; 18. Brian Shaw $120; 19. Todd Miller $100; 20. Jay Jones $75

EAST: 1. John DeMoss $5,000; 2. Jeff Bland Jr. $2,000; 3. Todd Sherman $1,000; 4. Ray Humphrey $700; 5. Matt Boknecht $500; 6. Lee Hobbs $400; 7. Mike Roediger $375; 8. Tony Anderson $350; 9. Steve Ott $325; 10. Brad Wieck $300; 11. Kent Robinson $275; 12. Jesse Cramer $250; 13. Ryan Thomas $225; 14. Paul Bumgardner $200; 15. Scott Orr $180; 16. Stan Smith $160; 17. Brad Heady $140; 18. Shelby Miles $120; 19. Tyler Boggs $100. 20. Chris Streeval $75

WEST: 1. Bobby Bittle $5,000; 2. Bobby Martintoni $2,000; 3. Brian Bielong $1,000; 4. Mike Harrison $700; 5. Tom Seets Sr. $500; 6. Tim Hancock $400; 7. Ray Walsh $375; 8. Tommie Seets Jr. $350; 9. Leroy Haney $325; 10. Brent Mullins $300; 11. Ryan Driemeyer $275; 12. Tom Ratajczyk $250; 13. Matt Mevert $225; 14. Scott Weber $200; 15. Ray Wagner $180; 16. Jesse Carson $160; 17. Brett Korves $140; 18. Travis Peery $120; 19. Bobby Dauderman $100; 20. Brent Keyes $75

DEEP SOUTH: 1. Brooks Strength $5,000; 2. Mark Herbert $2,000; 3. Shane Hebert $1,000; 4. Ben Stephens $700; 5. Shane Barbara $500; 6. Billy Collett $400; 7. Herb Donath $375; 8. Chris Smith $350; 9. Cliff Ross $325; 10. Mark Smith $300; 11. Kevin Cumbie $275; 12. Rusty Harmon $250; 13. John Rodgers Jr. $225; 14. Brian Powell $200; 15. Johnny Brown Jr. $180; 16. Chris Cassano $160; 17. Toby Hodge $140; 18. Michael Connell $120; 19. Jay Vinson $100; 20. Mike Wickham $75

2006 UMP DIRTcar Racing Modified State Points Fund Distribution ($51,720):

ALABAMA : 1. Herb Donath $1,000; 2. Rusty Harmon $500; 3. John Rodgers Jr. $300; 4. Mikey Mount $220; 5. William Thomas $200; 6. Rodgerick Dykes $150; 7. Richie Stephens $130; 8. Donnie Harig $120; 9. N/A; 10. N/A

CALIFORNIA : 1. Smoke Oakley $1,000; 2. Lenny Toolanen $500; 3. Travis Peery $300; 4. Monte Bischoff $220; 5. Dennis Silva $200; 6. Jeff Hudson $150; 7. Skipper Klimcheck $130; 8. N/A; 9. N/A; 10. N/A

CANADA : 1. Jim Dale Jr. $1,000; 2. Curtis Coulter $500; 3. Brad McLeod $300; 4. Joey Brousseau $220; 5. Tim Richardson $200; 6. Aaron Wiebe $150; 7. Chris VanDeWiele $130; 8. Elizabeth Harrison $120; 9. Brian Speelman $110; 10. N/A

COLORADO : 1. Jason Kirkpatrick $1,000; 2. Robbie Chiles $500; 3. Michael McKinsey $300; 4. Trevan Pepper $220; 5. Bob Cordova $200; 6. Matthew Ratzlaff $150; 7. Jason Haug $130; 8. Tommy Spurlock Jr. $120; 9. Jesse Biederman $110; 10. Kris Asbell $100

FLORIDA : 1. Patrick Williams $1,000; 2. Kevin Hupp $500; 3. Kent Corbin $300; 4. Jamie Burrows $220; 5. Jerry Morgan $200; 6. N/A; 7. N/A; 8. N/A; 9. N/A; 10. N/A

FLORIDA SPEEDWEEKS: 1. Scott Drake $1,000; 2. Chad Ohnstad $500; 3. Joey Kramer $300; 4. Tom Seets Sr. $220; 5. Steve Arpin $200; 6. Craig Thatcher $150; 7. Jason Miller $130; 8. Mark Dotson $120; 9. David Cain $110; 10. Duke Whiseant $100

GEORGIA SPEEDWEEKS: 1. Tom Seets Sr. $1,000; 2. Kevin Adams $500; 3. Tom Moore $300; 4. Ronnie Chance $220; 5. Donnie Hall $200; 6. Johnny Mullner $150; 7. Eric Tatum $130; 8. Scott Drake $120; 9. Steve Arpin $110; 10. Gary Clark $100

ILLINOIS : 1. Jeff Leka $1,000; 2. Denny Schwartz $500; 3. Gabe Menser $300; 4. Bobby Martintoni $220; 5. Brian Bielong $200; 6. Tim Hancock $150; 7. (tie) Gary Cook Jr. $125; 7. (tie) Danny Schwartz $125; 9. Tom Seets Sr. $110; 10. Lance Dehm $100

INDIANA : 1. John DeMoss $1,000; 2. Ryan Thomas $500; 3. Jeff Bland Jr. $300; 4. Ray Humphrey $220; 5. Dan Hamstra $200; 6. Jesse Cramer $150; 7. Lee Hobbs $130; 8. Matt Boknecht $120; 9. Kent Robinson $110; 10. Derek Losh $100

KENTUCKY : 1. Troy English $1,000; 2. Ricky Waggoner $500; 3. Jimmy Westerfield $300; 4. Gabriel Kirtley $220; 5. Robert Leach $200; 6. Jeff Elliott $150; 7. Michael Coakley $130; 8. Jeff Parks $120; 9. Brandon Dierlam $110; 10. Jamie Cobb $100

LOUISIANA : 1. Shane Hebert $1,000; 2. Michael Connell $500; 3. Shane Barbara $300; 4. Chris Cassano $220; 5. Kevin Dupont $200; 6. Daniel Jessup $150; 7. Jerry Cassano $130; 8. Billy Collett $120; 9. Matthew Simeon $110; 10. John Parker $100

MICHIGAN : 1. Todd Feutz $1,000; 2. Johnny DeYoung $500; 3. Jacob Poel $300; 4. Jeremy Ferguson $220; 5. John McCaul $200; 6. Dan Dykman $150; 7. Mark Anderson $130; 8. Tim Tuttle $120; 9. Ryan Fisk $110; 10. Shannon Fisk $100

MISSISSIPPI : 1. Brooks Strength $1,000; 2. Mark Herbert $500; 3. Ben Stephens $300; 4. Chris Smith $220; 5. Cliff Ross $200; 6. Billy Collett $150; 7. Kevin Cumbie $130; 8. Brian Powell $120; 9. Toby Hodge $110; 10. KI Davis III $100

MISSOURI : 1. Bobby Bittle $1,000; 2. Ray Wagner $500; 3. Leroy Haney $300; 4. Michael Vanderiet Jr. $220; 5. JD Rottler $200; 6. Larry Hull $150; 7. Mark Miner $130; 8. Eric Mabery $120; 9. John Campbell $110; 10. Jerry Grither $100

OHIO : 1. Mike Roediger $1,000; 2. Stan Smith $500; 3. Kelly Bowlby $300; 4. Rick Hensley $220; 5. Darryl Banks $200; 6. Todd Sherman $150; 7. Tony Anderson $130; 8. Eddie Harmon $120; 9. Brian Post $110; 10. Brandy Taylor $100

OREGON : 1. Brian Poppa $1,000; 2. Travis Peery $500; 3. Brad Alfrey $300; 4. Skipper Klimcheck $220; 5. Jeff Hudson $200; 6. Kevin Putnum $150; 7. Dennis Silva $130; 8. Steve Arpin $120; 9. Monte Bischoff $110; 10. Gary Cook Jr. $100

SOUTH CAROLINA : 1. Rusty Covan $1,000; 2. Doug Deeds $500; 3. Willie Baughman $300; 4. Kenneth Harn $220; 5. N/A; 6. N/A; 7. N/A; 8. N/A; 9. N/A; 10. N/A

TENNESSEE : 1. Charles Zimmerman $1,000; 2. David Flowers $500; 3. Clayton Miller $300; 4. AJ Garber $220; 5. Lucas Lee $200; 6. Steve Mullinax $150; 7. Randle Sweeney $130; 8. Dustin Isom $120; 9. Brian Fritts $110; 10. Scott Weber $100

TEXAS : 1. Mark Smith $1,000; 2. Johnny Brown Jr. $500.00; 3. (tie) Jay Vinson $260; 3. (tie) Mike Wickham $260; 5. Chris Brown $200; 6. Edward Wickham $150; 7. Dan Sikes $130; 8. John Arthur $120; 9. Benny Perry $110; 10. Darren McCaa $100