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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Schlenk (Late Models) & Harrison (Modifieds) Take National Points Leads Into Penultimate Weekend

CONCORD, NC – Sept. 24, 2010 – Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich. (Late Models) and Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill. (UMP Modifieds) headed into the penultimate weekend of DIRTcar Racing weekly points action leading their respective division’s national standings.

The 23-year-old Schlenk, who grabbed the DIRTcar Late Model national points lead early in the season and hasn’t relinquished it, entered this weekend’s events with an 80-point edge (2,798-2,718) over defending national champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill. That gap remained unchanged after last weekend’s results saw neither Schlenk nor Feger add to their points totals, which are determined using drivers’ best 35 event points nights (feature finish plus car-count bonus points).
Schlenk, who leads the circuit with 20 sanctioned wins this season and is seeking his first-ever DIRTcar Late Model national crown, had a subpar weekend with scored finishes of 13th (American Late Model Series event) and 21st (weekly feature) on Sept. 17 at Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Mich., and 18th on Sept. 18 at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio. The 32-year-old Feger didn’t perform well enough to replace his worst points nights of the season after finishing fifth in the Dodge Ram 50 on Sept. 17 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and 14 th in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Pepsi Nationals on Sept. 18 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.

DIRTcar Racing’s weekly points end next weekend (Oct. 1-3), but Late Model and UMP Modified drivers will have one more opportunity to gather points in the season-ending DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 8-9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Schlenk is in the driver’s seat with time running out on the 2010 points campaign, but Feger’s chances of repeating as national champ remain alive – if he can close the season on a hot streak and Schlenk fails to finish high enough to add points to his total. After Feger unofficially cut Schlenk’s points lead to 61 points with a Monster Midwest Tour victory on Thursday night (Sept. 23) at Tri-City Speedway – an event not yet reflected in the latest points standings, which were released on Friday morning by DIRTcar officials – he still has five 70-point nights on his ledger that he can replace. Winning a feature with 30 or more cars entered is worth 85 points, so Feger could conceivably slice up to 15 points a night off Schlenk’s edge.

The UMP Modified national points race, meanwhile, is shaping up as a dramatic, down-to-the-wire thriller. Harrison, who is celebrating his 36 th birthday today (Sept. 24), entered this weekend’s action leading Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., by four points and Nick Allen of Wheatfield, Ind., by six points.

Just 53 points separate the top-five drivers in the UMP Modified national points standings.

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 Sept. 20, 2010):
Late Models (driver/points/races):
1. Rusty Schlenk 2798 35
2. Jason Feger 2718 35
3. Ryan Unzicker 2551 35
4. Jeep VanWormer 2492 35
5. Brian Ruhlman 2472 35
6. Dennis Erb Jr. 2446 35
7. Alan Vochaska 2434 35
8. Shannon Babb 2407 35
9. Michael Kloos 2389 35
10. Brian Shirley 2275 35
11. Jack Sullivan 2222 35
12. Rich Neiser 2195 35
13. Jeff Walston 2183 35
14. Kevin Nelson Jr. 2142 35
15. Dillan White 2100 35
16. Brandon Sheppard 2093 35
17. Curtis Roberts 2070 35
18. Eric Spangler 2064 35
19. Billy Moyer 2060 27
20. Dona Marcoullier 2045 35

UMP Modifieds (driver/points/races):
1. Mike Harrison 2000 25
2. Devin Gilpin 1996 25
3. Nick Allen 1994 25
4. Clint DeMoss 1972 25
5. Rusty Griffaw 1947 25
6. Stormy Scott 1927 25
7. Todd Sherman 1927 25
8. Mike Spatola 1905 25
9. Randle Sweeney 1892 25
10. Jim Farris 1873 25
11. Jeff Leka 1871 25
12. Rich Robinson Jr. 1862 25
13. Bobby Bittle 1816 25
14. Gabe Menser 1809 25
15. McKay Wenger 1794 25
16. Dave Crawley Jr. 1790 25
17. Brent Mullins 1788 25
18. Marc Kurth 1783 25
19. Zach Fair 1773 25
20. Jason Russell 1766 25

Pro Late Models (driver/points/races):
1. Scott Weber 1173 15
2. Bobby Pierce 1148 15
3. Mark Oller 1113 15
4. Lee Gill 1095 15
5. Credence Mott 1092 15
6. Tait Davenport 1085 15
7. Bobby Dauderman 1083 15
8. Dustin Griffin 1065 15
9. Bobby Martintoni 1060 15
10. Nick Bauman 1046 15

Sportsman (driver/points/races):
1. Jeff Herzog 1163 15
2. Randy Petro 1147 15
3. Russell Eilers 1123 15
4. Joey Ladouceur 1119 15
5. Steve Peeden 1119 15
6. Chris Hillman 1114 15
7. Louie Jackson 1111 15
8. David Crawley Jr. 1108 15
9. Christy Georges 1108 15
10. Jocelyn Roy 1105 15

Limited Modifieds (driver/points/races):
1. Jonathan Smith 1110 15
2. Christy Georges 1041 15
3. Howard Willis 1028 15
4. Jeff Lawson 1023 15
5. Tyler Nicely 1008 15
6. Clay Settles 970 15
7. Ronnie Cotton 960 15
8. Sherman Barnett 936 15
9. Scotty Oliver 934 15
10. Kevin Dupont 930 15

Stock Cars (driver/points/races):
1. Joel Funk 1161 15
2. Don Hilleary 1142 15
3. J.R. Mason 1125 15
4. Jerrad Krick 1107 15
5. Mike Lynn 1095 15
6. Andrew Funk 1092 15
7. Dan Dykman 1089 15
8. Aaron Fields 1081 15
9. Gary Vandermark 1069 15
10. Jeff Semmens 1066 15

Factory Stocks (driver/points/races):
1. Brad Venhaus 1157 15
2. Dave Grega 1133 15
3. Jim Scout 1110 15
4. Scott Mooers 1099 15
5. Rob Sternberg 1081 15
6. Bill May 1050 15
7. Cody Vanosdol 1047 15
8. Jeff Foks 1025 15
9.; Mickey Hines 1004 15
10. Zach Hoffman 974 15

Sport Compacts (driver/points/races):
1. Rob Shaw 1213 15
2. Lucas Jackson 1178 15
3. Dan Reimserma 1133 15
4. Jordan Suhre 1133 15
5. Ray Watts 1132 15
6. Blayne Ellis 1125 15
7. Michael Rittenberry 1125 15
8. Ryan Hamm 1100 15
9. Trevor Isaak 1096 15
10. Casey Feaster 1094 15

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