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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Schmitt Grabs National Late Model Lead, Gilpin Remains Atop UMP Modified Standings

CONCORD, NC – April 20, 2012 – Scott Schmitt of Tonica, Ill., grabbed the lead in the Late Model standings while Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., remained atop the UMP Modified rankings following Week 12 of the 2012 DIRTcar UMP national points battle.

Schmitt recorded a pair of modest finishes last weekend – 16th on April 13 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway and eighth on April 14 at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway – but that was good enough to vault him from fifth to first in the DIRTcar UMP Late Model national standings. He holds a slim three-point edge (466-463) over Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., who slipped from the top spot after not entering a DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned event last weekend.

A feature winner this season at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., Schmitt has nine counted races to his credit through April 15. The chase for the circuit’s $20,000 Late Model championship prize is determined using drivers’ best 35 finishes/points nights.

Dewayne Kiefer of St. Genevieve, Mo., advanced from sixth to third in the national Late Model standings on the strength of a victory on April 14 at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway. It was his third win of the young season, with each coming at a different track.

Gilpin, meanwhile, extended his lead in the national UMP Modified standings, building an advantage of 199 points (769-570) over Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla.

While Bronson did not run a sanctioned event last weekend, Gilpin pushed his total of counted races to 13 with a busy tripleheader. He scored triumphs on April 13 at Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio, and April 15 at Windy Hollow Speedway in Owensboro, Ky. – giving him six wins this season – and finished 12th on April 14 at Cedar Ridge Speedway in Morgantown, Ky.

Other divisional national points leaders through Week 12 are Evan Taylor of Woodlawn, Tenn. (Pro Late Models); Troy Clark of North Vernon, Ind. (Sportsman); 19-year-old Haley Westerfield of Owensboro, Ky., who grabbed the Limited Modified points lead as she bids to join New Mexico’s Christy Georges as a female champion in the division; Dustin Rollins of Princeton, Ky. (Stock Cars); Jake Hewitt of Troy, Ill. (Factory Stocks); and Blayne Ellis of Evansville, Ind. (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, including the current State points rankings.

The weekly DIRTcar UMP points update is powered by www.MotorStats.com. DIRTcar’s affiliation with the Durham, N.C.-based Web site is providing fans and competitors a more timely and detailed look at the points standings. National and State points standings for all divisions are typically updated by Thursday each week, and new features allow visitors to click on each driver’s name to see a complete race-by-race review of their finishes to date.

DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of April 15, 2012):

Late Models (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Scott Schmitt 9 466
2. Brandon Sheppard 9 463
3. Dewayne Kiefer 8 437
4. Jim Moon 9 436
5. Ryan Unzicker 7 426
6. Michael Kloos 6 424
7. Caleb Ashby 9 414
8. Jason McBride 8 399
9. Chris Shelton 9 373
10. Kevin Weaver 6 336
10. Bobby Pierce 6 336
12. Mike Hammerle 8 332
13. Kent Robinson 6 311
14. Frankie Martin 6 293
15. Jesse Stovall 4 290
16. Terry English 6 281
17. Jason Riggs 5 278
18. Mike Schulte 6 276
19. Mark Voigt 6 270
20. Chad Zobrist 5 259

UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Devin Gilpin 13 769
2. Kyle Bronson 8 570
3. Nick Allen 8 555
4. Randle Sweeney 10 553
5. Trent Young 11 542
6. JR Mason 11 535
7. Aaron Kleine 7 500
8. Clayton Miller 9 475
9. Clint Demoss 9 474
10. Tyler Nicely 10 473
11. Dustin Isom 8 450
12. Bradley Sterrett 7 448
13. Jamie Lomax 9 446
14. Collin Thirlby 10 433
15. Levi Kissinger 9 422
16. Kenny Wallace 6 421
17. Gary Cook Jr. 9 415
18. Mike Harrison 8 387
19. Brian Shaw 6 384
20. Jeff Mathews 7 379

Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Evan Taylor 9 512
2. Clayton Miller 7 475
3. Credence Mott 9 416
4. Michael Zimmerman 8 407
5. Mark Oller 5 298
6. Cameron Brown 5 278
7. Keith Richardson 5 233
8. Aaron Heck 6 230
9. Levi Ashby 6 221
10. Evan Fink 4 195
10. Jeff Walston 3 195

Sportsman (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Troy Clark 6 401
2. Cullen Goodman 5 300
3. Jon Ripperda 4 287
4. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 5 244
5. AJ Clark 5 219
6. Tim Clark 3 217
7. Tom Ault 4 216
8. Cory Brown 5 201
9. Justin Hammond 4 198
10. William Mcroberts 5 195

Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Haley Westerfield 4 164
2. Corey Kellems 4 153
3. Curt Loddeke 4 145
3. Kevin Dupont 2 145
5. Rick Johnson 2 140
6. Alex Ashley 2 135
7. Tyler Deibert 2 125
8. Jody Vicknair 2 120
9. Rob Lee 2 117
10. Josh Tyler 3 114

Stock Cars (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Dustin Rollins 8 513
2. AJ Wright 10 490
3. Kassidi Gibbs 9 451
4. Mike Hodges 7 432
5. Mike McKinney 4 263
6. Jesse Simmons 4 253
7. Darrel Dick 5 220
8. Joeseph Hamm 3 215
9. Jeff Semmens 4 212
10. Blake Myers 3 210

Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Jake Hewitt 5 329
2. Austin Isaak 5 318
3. Dustin McClintock 5 268
4. Trevor Isaak 5 215
5. Randy Dietzel 3 195
6. Marc McClintock 3 189
7. Mickey Hines 3 188
8. Johnny Smith 3 186
9. TJ Eilers 3 185
10. Donnie Wilson 3 181

Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Blayne Ellis 7 380
2. Jacob Rexing 5 360
3. Michael Rittenberry 8 350
4. Skylar Antonelli 7 331
5. Vince Shehorn 5 315
6. Jeremy Callahan 4 300
7. Willy Myers 5 294
8. Eldon Hemken 6 285
9. Lynn Lash 5 275
10. Christian Lee 4 270
10. David Bolyard 4 270

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