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DIRTcar Racing UMP Weekly Points Update: Schlenk Pads Late Model National Lead, Gilpin Moves To Top Of Modified Standings

MARYVILLE, IL – May 28, 2010 – Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich., continued to pad his lead in DIRTcar Racing’s UMP Late Model national points standings while Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., took control of the Modified national rankings after eight weeks of weekly action.

Schlenk, 23, pushed his edge to 432 points (1,415-973) over Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., in UMP-sanctioned DIRTcar Late Model races contested through May 24, adding 60 points to his already hefty advantage from the previous week. He registered finishes of second on May 22 at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio (with a 41-car field) and sixth on May 23 at Vermilion County Speedway in Danville, Ill.

Unzicker also competed on May 23 at Vermilion County, finishing fourth to maintain second in the national points battle. He has 15 UMP-sanctioned starts under his belt compared to Schlenk’s 20.

The 19-year-old Gilpin, meanwhile, vaulted from fourth to first in the UMP Modified national points standings, replacing veteran Randle Sweeney of Clifty, Ky., atop the division’s battle. He enters this weekend’s competition holding a 13-point lead (1,250-1,239) over Rusty Griffaw of Festus, Mo.

Sweeney, who had paced the Modified standings for several weeks, fell to fourth in the rankings. He now trails Gilpin by 71 points, with both drivers boasting 19 starts.

There was no change at the top of the national points standings in DIRTcar Racing’s six other UMP divisions. Tait Davenport of West Paducah, Ky. (Pro Late Models), Jimmy Cummins of Waterloo, Ill. (Sportsman), Jeff Lawson of Greenville, 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) remained points leaders.

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 24, 2010):

Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Rusty Schlenk 1415 20
2. Ryan Unzicker 973 15
3. Mike Hammerle 927 19
4. Jason McBride 878 16
5. Jeff Walston 827 13
6. Brandon Sheppard 789 15
7. Dillan White 751 13
8. Brian Ruhlman 729 11
9. Richie Hedrick 708 14
10. Michael Kloos 680 11
11. Dennis Erb Jr. 665 11
12. Brian Shirley 658 10
13. Mike Schulte 637 12
14. Dusty Moore 611 11
15. Jeep VanWormer 606 8
16. Phil Ausra 605 12
17. Jim Moon 594 13
18. Jared Miley 592 9
19. Frankie Martin 590 11
20. Rick Standridge 584 12

Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Devin Gilpin 1250 19
2. Rusty Griffaw 1239 19
3. Stormy Scott 1181 18
4. Randle Sweeney 1179 19
5. Levi Kissinger 1014 19
6. Clint DeMoss 919 13
7. Mike Spatola 915 16
8. Todd Sherman 873 13
9. Jeff Matthews 871 13
10. Dave Wietholder 861 14
11. Dustin Isom 850 17
12. Trent Young 834 15
13. Will Krup 803 19
14. Dean Hoffman 780 13
15. Zach Fair 779 14
16. Brett Korves 779 13
17. Jimmy Ray 769 13
18. Tony Anderson 754 14
19. Fito Gallardo 734 12
20. Rob Penny 724 17

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races):

1. Tait Davenport 771 13
2. Matt Santel 682 13
3. Credence Mott 668 12
4. Scott Weber 603 8
5. Nick Lyons 575 10
6. Bobby Pierce 486 7
7. Nick Bauman 466 7
8. Bobby Martintoni 461 8
9. Tony Albright 445 8
10. Matt Liner 425 9

Sportsman (driver/points/races):

1. Jimmy Cummins 959 15
2. Steve Peeden 733 12
3. Chris Hillman 729 12
4. Aaron Barsness 645 10
5. Randy Petro 640 11
6. Brad Cummings 638 12
7. Shaun Daugharty 630 10
8. Jeff Herzog 588 9
9. Dennis Wernle 588 10
10. Rocky Warner 584 9

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races):

1. Jeff Lawson 525 9
2. Scotty Oliver 492 9
3. John Paul Talkington 483 9
4. Kevin Dupont 479 9
5. Ronnie Cotton 444 8
6. Shane Hebert 407 6
7. Corey Buhler 406 7
8. Clay Settles 396 7
9. Shelli O’Bryan 372 8
10. Josh Tyler 368 7

Stock Cars (driver/points/races):

1. Trevor Gamble 593 10
2. Larry Russell Jr. 555 9
3. Tim Hughes 533 9
4. Frank Burnell 514 8
5. Rick Rush 513 11
6. Phillip Brown 486 8
7. JR Mason 479 7
8. Mike Welch 459 8
9. Mike Lynn 456 7
10. Josh Smith 451 9

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races):

1. Scott Mooers 796 12
2. Brad Venhaus 561 8
3. Luke Sadler 513 10
4. Zac Hoffman 467 8
5. Richard Calmes Jr. 402 9
6. Stephen Fohne 394 8
7. Brian Crawford 393 7
8. Dennis Ponder 393 8
9. Mickey Hines 389 7
10. Jordan Bauer 383 7

Sport Compacts (driver/points/races):

1. Michael Rittenberry 987 15
2. Eldon Hemken 795 13
3. Jordan Suhre 771 12
4. Bradley McGhee 716 12
5. Justin Hall 711 15
6. Trevor Isaak 702 13
7. Rob Shaw 680 9
8. Cook Crawford 673 13
9. Jason Schmidt 635 11
10. Jay Gordon 604 12