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DIRTcar Racing UMP Weekly Points Update: Schlenk (Late Models) & Sweeney (Modifieds) Remain Atop National Standings

Maryville, IL — Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich. (Late Models) and Randle Sweeney of Clifty, Ky. (Modifieds) remained atop DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit national points standings with six weeks of weekly competition completed.

Schlenk, 23, continued to build a significant early-season edge in the DIRTcar Late Model points battle, extending his lead to 342 points (1,120-778) over Jason McBride of Carbondale, Ill., in races run through May 9. The Michigander’s edge increased by a healthy 59 points after he scored a pair of top-10 finishes last weekend.

With rain hampering Schlenk’s efforts to find a race close to home over the weekend of May 6-8 – among the cancellations were American Late Model Series events scheduled in Ohio on May 7 at Limaland Motorsports Park and May 8 at Fremont Speedway – he hit the road and went racing in the Land of Lincoln. He finished sixth (after winning a heat race) on May 8 at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway and placed fifth in a Big 10 Series event on May 9 at Shepp’s Speedway in Alexandria, Ill.

The big mover in the latest DIRTcar Late Model national points standings was Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., whose back-to-back victories at Fairbury and Shepp’s vaulted him from seventh to third in the rankings.

The veteran Sweeney, meanwhile, saw his lead in the UMP Modified national points standings cut almost exactly in half, ending the weekend with a 39-point edge (999-960) over Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind. Sweeney entered the weekend with a 77-point cushion.

Sweeney, Gilpin and many other high-profile UMP Modified drivers invaded Soggy Bottom Raceway in Morgantown, Ky., on May 8 for the $3,000-to-win ‘Monster Modified 40.’ Trent Young of Hopkinsville, Ky., won the event over Sweeney, with Gilpin settling for a 16th-place finish.

National points leaders in DIRTcar Racing’s six other divisions after six weeks of action include Tait Davenport of West Paducah, Ky. (Pro Late Models), Jimmy Cummins of Waterloo, Ill. (Sportsman), Scotty Oliver of Owensboro, Ky. (Limited Modifieds), Trevor Gamble of DeLeon Springs, Fla. (Stock Cars), Scott Mooers of Osteen, Fla. (Factory Stocks) and Michael Rittenberry of Clarksville, Tenn. (Sport Compacts).

Log on to www.dirtcar.com for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit and to view complete points standings for all divisions.

DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of May 10, 2010):

Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Rusty Schlenk 1120 16
2. Jason McBride 778 14
3. Ryan Unzicker 721 11
4. Mike Hammerle 717 15
5. Dennis Erb Jr. 665 11
6. Jeff Walston 624 10
7. Dillan White 551 10
8. Brandon Sheppard 550 11
9. Brian Shirley 506 8
10. Jason Feger 503 8
11. Mark Voigt 486 7
12. Mike Schulte 483 9
13. Jared Miley 480 7
14. Eric Turner 479 7
15. David Clegg 475 8
16. Richie Hedrick 472 10
17. Michael Kloos 468 8
18. Craig Smith 465 8
19. Jim Moon 456 10
20. Brian Ruhlman 454 7

Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Randle Sweeney 999 16
2. Devin Gilpin 960 15
3. Stormy Scott 910 14
4. Rusty Griffaw 900 14
5. Levi Kissinger 800 14
6. Jeff Matthews 741 11
7. Trent Young 704 13
8. Dustin Isom 693 14
9. Mike Spatola 678 12
10. Chad Evans 619 11
11. Dave Wietholder 615 10
12. Rob Penny 604 15
13. Brett Korves 596 10
14. Dean Hoffman 591 10
15. Will Krup 587 14
16. Todd Sherman 572 9
17. Jimmy Ray 546 9
18. Denny Schwartz 545 9
19. Zach Fair 542 10
20. Paul Miles 542 9

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Tait Davenport 732 12
2. Nick Lyons 575 10
3. Matt Santel 557 10
4. Credence Mott 478 9
5. Scott Weber 461 6
6. Bobby Martintoni 357 6
7. Nick Bauman 345 5
8. Bobby Pierce 340 5
9. Cary King 338 6
10. Tony Albright 320 6

Sportsman (driver/points/races):

1. Jimmy Cummins 749 12
2. Chris Hillman 541 9
3. Steve Peeden 537 8
4. Shaun Daugharty 486 7
5. Aaron Barsness 461 7
6. Jeff Herzog 456 7
7. Brad Cummings 446 8
8. Dennis Wernle 405 7
9. Matt McGillvary 404 7
10. Trey Harris 399 5

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Scotty Oliver 339 6
2. Jeff Lawson 336 6
3. John Paul Talkington 328 6
4. Clay Settles 300 5
5. Shane Hebert 298 4
6. Ronnie Cotton 269 5
7. Kevin Dupont 261 5
8. Grant Brown 257 5
9. Jansen Morris 249 5
10. Jonathan Smith 248 4

Stock Cars (driver/points/races):

1. Trevor Gamble 453 8
2. Tim Hughes 433 7
3. Rick Rush 419 9
4. Larry Russell Jr. 389 6
5. Phillip Brown 378 6
6. JR Mason 334 5
7. Nate Zimmer 326 5
8. Mike Eubanks 319 7
9. Mike Lynn 311 5
10. Ed Kuhn 306 5

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races):

1. Scott Mooers 442 7
2. Brd Venhaus 347 5
3. Luke Sadler 339 7
4. Randy Strehle 304 6
5. Jordan Bauer 291 5
6. Zac Hoffman 289 5
7. Dennis Ponder 279 6
8. Wally Douglass 261 6
9. Stephen Fohne 258 5
10. Richard Calmes Jr. 256 6

Sport Compacts (driver/points/races):

1. Michael Rittenberry 767 12
2. Eldon Hemken 612 10
3. Bradley McGhee 600 10
4. Justin Hall 591 12
5. Jordan Suhre 570 9
6. Rob Shaw 519 7
7. Trevor Isaak 509 10
8. Jay Gordon 508 10
9. Cook Crawford 489 9
10. Joe Reed 488 9

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