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DIRTcar Racing Weekly Points Update: Battles Head Into Final With Schlenk (Late Models) & Gilpin (Modifieds) Clinging To Lead

CONCORD, NC – Sept. 3, 2010 – DIRTcar Racing’s red-hot national points battles are heading into the final month of the 2010 season with Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich. (Late Models) and Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind. (UMP Modifieds) clinging to precarious leads.

The 23-year-old Schlenk’s near season-long points lead in the marquee DIRTcar Late Model division has shrunk to just 45 points (2,754-2,709) over defending national champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., entering the busy Labor Day weekend slate of action, setting up a dramatic run to the finish line.

DIRTcar Racing’s weekly points end the first weekend in October, but the Late Models and UMP Modifieds will have one final points showdown when the DIRTcar UMP Championships are contested on Oct. 8-9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

With all the Late Model championship contenders already surpassing 35 sanctioned starts this season, they are now replacing their worst finish/points nights to improve their totals.

Feger has made a stirring rally, erasing a deficit to Schlenk that was over 1,000 points just before the start of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals in mid-June. The reigning DIRTcar national and Summer Nationals titlist skimmed more markers off Schlenk’s edge by earning points in three of his five starts last week – a victory on Aug. 29 at Shepp’s Speedway in Alexander, Ill., and third-place finishes on Aug. 21 at Highland (Ill.) Speedway and Aug. 27 at Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway.
Schlenk, who leads the circuit with 18 feature wins in 2010, had a subpar week, failing to finish high enough to replace any of his worst finishes/points nights. A seventh-place run on Aug. 28 at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, was his only top-10 finish in three starts.

The UMP Modified points race, meanwhile, is shaping up as an epic battle to the end. Gilpin, 19, leads Clint DeMoss of Bloomington, Ind., by 13 points and Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill., by 16 points – and the top-seven drivers in the UMP Modified points standings are separated by just 54 points.

Other DIRTcar Racing national points leaders include Scott Weber of Festus, Mo. (Pro Late Models), Jeff Herzog of Herculaneum, Mo. (Sportsman), Jonathan Smith (Limited Modifieds), Joel Funk of Dwight, Ill. (Stock Cars), Brad Venhaus of Aviston, Ill. (Factory Stocks) and Rob Shaw of Highland, Ill. (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 Aug. 30, 2010):

Late Models (driver/points/races):
1. Rusty Schlenk 2754 35
2. Jason Feger 2709 35
3. Ryan Unzicker 2527 35
4. Jeep VanWormer 2492 35
5. Dennis Erb Jr. 2420 35
6. Brian Ruhlman 2372 35
7. Alan Vochaska 2324 35
8. Shannon Babb 2300 35
9. Michael Kloos 2265 35
10. Brian Shirley 2202 35
11. Jack Sullivan 2175 35
12. Jeff Walston 2144 35
13. Rich Neiser 2112 35
14. Dillan White 2024 35
15. Brandon Sheppard 2007 35
16. Kevin Nelson Jr. 2006 33
17. Eric Spangler 1962 34
18. Jason McBride 1939 35
19. Mike Hammerle 1918 35
20. Phil Ausra 1882 35

UMP Modifieds (driver/points/races):
1. Devin Gilpin 1972 25
2. Clint DeMoss 1959 25
3. Mike Harrison 1956 25
4. Nick Allen 1938 25
5. Rusty Griffaw 1929 25
6. Stormy Scott 1927 25
7. Todd Sherman 1918 25
8. Randle Sweeney 1877 25
9. Mike Spatola 1863 25
10. Jeff Leka 1841 25
11. Rich Robinson Jr. 1829 25
12. Jim Farris 1785 25
13. Bobby Bittle 1770 25
14. Jason Russell 1737 25
15. McKay Wenger 1724 25
16. Vince Cooper 1717 25
17. Zach Fair 1714 25
18. Dave Crawley Jr. 1703 25
19. Gabe Menser 1690 25
20. Brian Bielong 1687 25

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races):
1. Scott Weber 1165 15
2. Bobby Pierce 1148 15
3. Mark Oller 1113 15
4. Tai Davenport 1085 15
5. Credence Mott 1079 15
6. Bobby Martintoni 1056 15
7. Nick Bauman 1046 15
9. Bobby Dauderman 1026 15
10. Dustin Griffin 1026 15

Sportsman (driver/points/races):
1. Jeff Herzog 1149 15
2. Randy Petro 1128 15
3. Russell Eilers 1113 15
4. Steve Peeden 1106 15
5. Joey Ladouceur 1101 15
6. Jocelyn Roy 1100 15
7. Joe Kelley 1091 15
8. Jimmy Cummins 1089 15
9. Louie Jackson 1082 15
10. Christy Georges 1081 15

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races):
1. Jonathan Smith 1095 15
2. Jeff Lawson 984 15
3. Clay Settles 965 15
4. Christy Georges 963 15
5. Tyler Nicely 963 15
6. Ronnie Cotton 955 15
7. Scotty Oliver 928 15
8. Sherman Barnett 920 15
9. Kevin Dupont 875 15
10. Paddy Rush 873 15

Stock Cars (driver/points/races):
1. Joel Funk 1146 15
2. Don Hilleary 1130 15
3. J.R. Mason 1125 15
4. Jerrad Krick 1107 15
5. Mike Lynn 1075 15
6. Aaron Fields 1071 15
7. Andrew Funk 1057 15
8. Dan Dykman 1052 15
9. Larry Russell Jr. 1047 15
10. Gary Vandermark 1038 15

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races):
1. Brad Venhaus 1156 15
2. Dave Grega 1123 15
3. Scott Mooers 1086 15
4. Rob Sternberg 1081 15
5. Jim Scout 1052 15
6. Cody Vanosdol 1033 15
7. Bill May 1007 15
8. Zach Hoffman 973 15
9. Mickey Hines 944 15
10. Danny Hupp 932 15

Sport Compacts (driver/points/races):
1. Rob Shaw 1205 15
2. Lucas Jackson 1166 15
3. Jordan Suhre 1133 15
4. Ray Watts 1130 15
5. Michael Rittenberry 1120 15
6. Blayne Ellis 1115 15
7. Dan Reimersma 1101 15
8. Trevor Isaak 1096 15
9. Ryan Hamm 1090 15
10. Rich Lieb 1075 15

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