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UMP DIRTcar Racing Passes Out Over $80,000 In 2007 Points-Fund Cash To Racers In 5 Support Divisions

Evansville, IN — UMP DIRTcar Racing rewarded support-division drivers for their 2007 efforts with over $80,000 in points-fund cash during the organization’s 24th annual awards banquet on Jan. 12 in Springfield , Ill.

A total of 249 drivers spread over five divisions shared in the post-season booty, which reached $82,170 with the addition of two new entry-level classes to the UMP DIRTcar Racing sanctioning lineup in 2007. The introduction of the Factory Stock and Four-Cylinder divisions pushed the UMP DIRTcar Racing roster to seven classes, including the marquee Late Model and open-wheel Modified divisions.

Troy Naeger of Festus , Mo. , walked off a combined $5,800 from the $31,960 UMP DIRTcar Racing Sportsman points fund for winning his second consecutive national championship and the Missouri State title. He also hailed UMP DIRTcar Racing for providing weekend warriors across the country some lucrative financial incentive.

“This is real money for us,” said Naeger, who calls Missouri ’s I-55 Raceway home. “All of us racers in the support classes really, really appreciate UMP giving us a chance to race for money like this.”

The big winner in the UMP DIRTcar Racing Limited Modified ranks was Jonathan Clayton of Denham Springs , La. A first-time titlist, his national crown and first-place finish in the Louisiana State points standings brought him $5,800 in checks from a $19,085 points fund.

Jerrad Krick of Earl Park, Ind., and Jim Ransom of Williamsport , Ind. , were co-national champions of the UMP DIRTcar Racing Street Stock division. They split the first- and second-place checks from the $20,925 Street Stock points fund, giving them each $3,500 for their 2007 efforts plus State points money ($110 for Krick, $115 for Ransom).

The Factory Stock division – a new addition to UMP DIRTcar Racing in 2007 that encompassed such entry-level classes as Pure Stocks, American Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Bombers and Novices – offered a points fund of $2,550 for the top 20 drivers in the national standings. Tom Ordway of Stryker , Ohio , earned $500 for winning the first UMP Factory Stock title.

Another new-in-’07 class, the Four-Cylinders, boasted a points fund of $7,650 divided among the top 20 drivers in three national regions. Cashing $500 checks as champions were D.J. Werkmeister of Braceville , Ill. (East), Mike Rittenberry of Clarksville , Tenn. (Mid-America) and Ryan Eilers of Highland , Ill. (Southern).

Combining the Sportsman, Limited Modified, Street Stock, Factory Stock and Four-Cylinder payouts with the points funds for the Late Models ($205,000) and Modifieds ($179,470), the total 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing points fund handed out at the awards banquet totaled over $465,000.

Below is a complete breakdown of the 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing points fund distributions for the Sportsman, Limited Modified, Street Stock, Factory Stock and Four-Cylinder divisions.

2007 UMP DIRT Car Racing Sportsman National Points Fund Distribution ($12,585):
1. Troy Naeger $5,000; 2. Troy Medley $2,000; 3. Kent Nations $1,000; 4. Jimmy Cummins $700; 5. Greg Kimmons $500; 6. Pete Stefanski $400; 7. Justin Ketrow $375; 8. Dave Bissonnette $350; 9. Jeff Herzog $325; 10. Mike Jessen $300; 11. Ronnie Bader $275; 12. Kyle Borgman $250; 13. (tie) Tom Smallwood $200; 14. (tie) Chad Weinrick $200; 15. Stephene Lebrun $160; 16. Mike Harris $140; 17. (tie) Robbie Eilers $117.50; 17. (tie) Louie Jackson $117.50; 19. Justin Delong $100; 20. Clayton Benedict $75

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Sportsman State Points Fund Distribution ($19,375):

COLORADO: 1. John Anderson $800; 2. Eric McGowan $400; 3. Don Adams $200

FLORIDA: 1. Chris Day $800; 2. Stanton Mills $400; 3. Barry Sheffield $200; 4. Nick Kerr $150; 5. Robby Richardson $125

ILLINOIS: 1. Greg Kimmons $800; 2. Justiin Ketrow $400; 3. Justin Delong $200; 4. Mike Harris $150; 5. Tom Smallwood $125; 6. Jason Unzicker $115; 7. Darrell Dick $110; 8. Joel Funk $100; 9. Jimmy Cummins $100; 10. Alan Crowder $100

INDIANA: 1. Ryan Huddleston $800; 2. Doug McCullough $400; 3. Kenny Sweat $200; 4. Kenny Carmichael Jr. $150; 5. Troy Overstreet $125; 6. Brad Hancock $115; 7. Scott Buchanan $110; 8. Joe Whisler $100; 9. David Huff $100; 10. Mike Staggs $100

LOUISIANA: 1. Jason Jackson $800; 2. Jarred Fremin $400

MICHIGAN: 1. Kyle Borgman $800; 2. Chad Weinrick $400; 3. Stan Dodds $200; 4. Mike Guinon $150; 5. Ralph Sternberg $125; 6. Mike Peterson $115; 7. Kurt Woodard $110; 8. Jared Gunnin $100; 9. Rob Sternberg $100; 10. Mike Anderson $100

MISSOURI: 1. Troy Naeger $800; 2. Troy Medley $400; 3. Kent Nations $200; 4. Jeff Herzog $150; 5. Ronnie Bader $125; 6. Jason Keller $115; 7. Jimmy Cummins $110; 8. Kyle Stolzer $100; 9. Joe McCain $100; 10. Tim Hollerback $100

NEW YORK: 1. Pete Stefanski $800; 2. Dave Bissonette $400; 3. Louie Jackson $200 4. Joey Ladouceur $150; 5. Stephenn Lebrun $125; 6. Allen Peters $115; 6. Clayton Benedict $110; 8. Jason Parkhurst $100; 9. Bob Waters Jr. $100; 10. (tie) Don Barnes $50; 10. (tie) Denis Gauvreau $50

OHIO: 1. Mike Jessen $800; 2. Bruce Takach $400; 3. Brian Fisher $200; 4. Josh Steinacker $150; 5. Tom Johnson $125; 6. Tim Fisher $115; 7. Chris Smith $110; 8. Joe Derbeck $100; 9. Terry Hinkle $100; 10. Robert Mayle $100

TENNESSEE: 1. Joseph Hamm $800; 2. Robert Brooks $400; 3. Mike Hodges $200; 4. Neal Grisham $150; 5. Jon Wix $125; 6. Jimmie Davenport $115; 7. Kent Nations $110

*****

2007 UMP DIRT Car Racing Limited Modified National Points Fund Distribution ($12,585):
1. Jonathan Clayton $5,000; 2. Donnie Noland $2,000; 3. Damon McCabe $1,000; 4. Randy Dickman $700; 5. Dan Bimson $500; 6. Bobby Fehring $400; 7. Tim Sitton $375; 8. Larry Hull Jr. $350; 9. Todd Barrett $325; 10. Bill Deroy $300; 11. Brian Kinnaird $275; 12. Bill Gordon $250; 13. Brian Singleton $225; 14. Matthew Holmes $175; 15. Bryan Henry $160; 16. Ken Huber $140; 17. Thomas Schinderle $120; 18. Brandon Buhler $115; 19. Dale Taylor $100; 20. Christina Lemons $75

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Limited Modified State Points Fund Distribution ($6,500):

LOUISIANA: 1. Jonathan Clayton $800; 2. Donnie Noland $400; 3. Damon McCabe $200; 4. Bill Gordon $150; 5. Matthew Holmes $125; 6. Brandon Buhler $115; 7. Nicholas Lanclos $110; 8. Kevin Dupont $100; 9. Mark Buhler $100; 10. Kamron Campbell $100

MISSOURI: 1. Randy Dickman $800; 2. Dan Bimson $400; 3. Larry Hull Jr. $200; 4. Bill Deroy $150; 5. Brian Kinnaird $125; 6. Brian Singleton $115; 7. Ken Huber $110; 8. Christian Lemons $100; 9. Scott Anderson $100

TEXAS: 1. Bobby Fehring $800; 2. Tim Sitton $400; 3. Todd Barrett $200; 4. Bryan Henry $150; 5. Thomas Schinderle $125; 6. Dale Taylor $115; 7. Cody Williams $110; 8. Blake Witherspoon $100; 9. Charles Williford $100; 10. Derek Ross $100

*****

2007 UMP DIRT Car Racing Street Stock National Points Fund Distribution ($12,585):
1. (tie) Jerrad Krick $3,500; 1. (tie) Jim Ransom $3,500; 3. Steve Ewing $1,000; 4. Shad Eskew $700; 5. David Hurst $500; 6. Randy Lines $400; 7. Lee J. Hall $375; 8. Josh Griffith $350; 9. Michael Welch $325; 10. David Manisse $300; 11. (tie) Tim Feldhake $262.50; 11. (tie) Dan Meyers $262.50; 13. Stacy Tretter $225; 14. J.J. Miller $175; 15. Nathan Alexander $160; 16. Ron Hawker $140; 17. Kevin Lenzen $120; 18. Darrell Hartman $115; 19. Jesse Simmons $100; 20. David Pope $75

2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Street Stock State Points Fund Distribution ($8,340):

COLORADO: 1. Ashley Chiles $800; 2. Dan Droll Sr. $400; 3. Billy Cumby $200; 4. Brian Cumby $150; 5. Joe Esquibel $125; 6. Terry Chiles $115

FLORIDA: 1. Erik Nelson $800; 2. Grady Christian $400

ILLINOIS: 1. Steve Ewing $800; 2. Shad Eskew $400; 3. Josh Griffith $200; 4. Tim Feldhake $150; 5. J.J. Miller $125; 6. Travis Copley $115; 7. Billy Wicker $110; 8. Kevin Lenzen $100; 9. David Shain $100; 10. Darrell Beckham $100

INDIANA: 1. David Hurst $800; 2. Randy Lines $400; 3. Dan Meyers $200; 4. Lee J Hall $150; 5. Ervin Turner $125; 6. Jim Ransom $115; 7. Jerrad Krick $110; 8. Marlin Burns $100; 9. Bob Weems $100; 10. Nate Alexander $100

KENTUCKY: 1. Stacy Tretter $800; 2. Darrell Hartman $400; 3. Poncho Elder $200; 4. Mitch Fiers $150; 5. Mike Watson $125; 6. Lloyd Lingle $115; 7. Michael Watson $110; 8. Paul Howard $100; 9. Richie Crenshaw $100; 10. Mitchell Penrod $100

LOUISIANA: 1. Mark Debate $800; 2. Brian Jarreau $400; 3. Kent Maher $200; 4. Jeff Teal $150; 5. Shaun Romero $125

MISSOURI: 1. Randy Dickman $800; 2. Eddie Lowery $400; 3. Buddy Lowery $200; 4. Dan Pitti $150; 5. Beau Davis $125

NEW YORK: 1. Michael Welch $800; 2. David Manisse $400; 3. Ron Hawker $200; 4. Nick Rizzo $150; 5. Nathan Peckham $125; 6. David Pope $115; 7. Scott Smith $110; 8. Blane Smith $100; 9. Phil Marsden $100; 10. Andy Fisk $100

TENNESSEE: 1. Mike Neighbors $800; 2. Floyd Clinard Jr $400; 3. Dale Phillips $200; 4. Jon Wix $150; 5. David Cline $125; 6. Chris Peltier $115; 7. Mike Watson $110; 8. Jason Todd $100

TEXAS: 1. Jodie Moon $800; 2. Ben Sharp $400; 3. Ben Poole $200; 4. Dewey C Miller Sr $150; 5. Dewey C Miller Jr. $125

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2007 UMP DIRT Car Racing Factory Stock National Points Fund Distribution ($2,550):
1. Tom Ordway $500; 2. Dan Dippman $300; 3. Craig Dippman $200; 4. Jim Scout $175; 5. Brett Miller $150; 6. Chris Sale $140; 7. Robert Erickson $130; 8. Bill Delong $120; 9. Chris Henry $110; 10. Tony Weinrick $100; 11. B.J. Gregory $95; 12. Mike Reagan $90; 13. Mike Harmon $85; 14. Larry Smith Jr. $80; 15. John Schrand $75; 16. Charles Morris $70; 17. Jamie Lorenz $65; 18. Devin Vanderstelt $60; 19. Danny Ripperda $55; 20. Tinker Beals $50

*****

2007 UMP DIRT Car Racing Four-Cylinder National Points Fund Distribution ($7,650):

MID-AMERICA: 1. Mike Rittenberry $500; 2. Mark Farber $300; 3. Don Keech $200; 4. Jeff Bailey $175; 5. Keith Mayo $150; 6. Jeff Rittenberry $140; 7. Rick Champagne $130; 8. Trevor Bailey $120; 9. Jerry Myering $110; 10. Emily Crowell $100; 11. Amber Walden $75; 12. Ray Reynolds $75; 13. Robert Canter $75; 14. Luke Near $75; 15. Edward Abbitt $75; 16. James Scott $50; 17. April Spriggs $50; 18. Nick Alexander $50; 19. Levi Baker $50; 20. Donnie Whited $50

EASTERN: 1. D.J. Werkmeister $500; 2. Rich Mueller $300; 3. Jerrod Thomas $200; 4. Ryen Johnson $175; 5. Mark Adkins $150; 6. Jeremy Grove $140; 7. Lake Nicholds $130; 8. Axle Wicker $120; 9. Bill Lawson $110; 10. Dan Kerr $100; 11. Eddie Johnson $75; 12. Andy Parks $75; 13. Daniel Flessner $75; 14. Jerry Adkins $75; 15. Harley Weidner $75; 16. Russell Robinson $50; 17. Beau Bradley $50; 18. Mike Adkins $50; 19. Jessica Summer $50; 20. Robert Frohnapfel $50

SOUTHERN: 1. Ryan Eilers $500; 2. Joe Reed $300; 3. Chris Fisher $200; 4. Jim Cross Jr. $175; 5. Chris Burton $150; 6. David Shaw $140; 7. Rob Shaw $130; 8. Jon Ripperda $120; 9. Josh James $110; 10. Aaron Wood $100; 11. Stacy Whitehouse $75; 12. T.J. Eilers $75; 13. Bill Burke $75; 14. Bruce Duglar $75; 15. Chad Burgess $75; 16. Justin Shaw $50; 17. Tracy Vonrohr $50; 18. Larry Hawk $50; 19. Jason Crump $50; 20. E.J. Gregory $50