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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update: Big Super Late Model & Modified Weekend Ahead At Kentucky Lake, Circuit Mourns Passing Of Bill Nelson

Evansville, IN — HERE WE GO: The first UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned Super Late Model and open-wheel Modified action since last month in Florida rolls out this weekend at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, Ky., where the circuit’s two marquee divisions headline the three-day ‘March Madness’ spectacular. Set to run from Thursday (March 13) through Saturday (March 15), the busy season-opening meet at the three-eighths-mile oval promoted by Sherri Heckenast will feature complete programs each night for the UMP DIRTcar Super Late Models and open-wheel Modifieds. The Super Late Models …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Passes Out Over $80,000 In 2007 Points-Fund Cash To Racers In 5 Support Divisions

Evansville, IN — UMP DIRTcar Racing rewarded support-division drivers for their 2007 efforts with over $80,000 in points-fund cash during the organization’s 24th annual awards banquet on Jan. 12 in Springfield , Ill. A total of 249 drivers spread over five divisions shared in the post-season booty, which reached $82,170 with the addition of two new entry-level classes to the UMP DIRTcar Racing sanctioning lineup in 2007. The introduction of the Factory Stock and Four-Cylinder divisions pushed the UMP DIRTcar Racing roster to seven classes, including the marquee Late Model …

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News & Notes From The 24th Annual UMP DIRTcar Racing ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet

Springfield, IL — POSITIVE VIBE: World Racing Group Chief Operating Officer Tom Deery delivered an uplifting speech to nearly 1,000 attendees of the 24th annual UMP DIRTcar Racing ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet on Jan. 12 at the Springfield (Ill.) Crowne Plaza. Asserting that “this is where the real racing is” during his remarks, Deery pointed out the $465,000-plus in cash that was distributed at the affair – “without a doubt, the largest point fund of a short track series, dirt or pavement, in the United States,” he said. “That’s …

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UMP DIRTcar Roundup Will Rock I-55 Raceway With More Than 500 Competitors In Eight Divisions

Four days of racing. Eight classes of cars. More than 500 competitors and thousands of laps. The thrilling high banks of Ken Schrader’s I-55 Raceway will never be the same after the inaugural UMP DIRTcar Roundup, the largest event in UMP DIRTcar Racing history. From Oct. 15-18, Super Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and 4-Cylinders all will have a chance to shine on four consecutive days, which include feature events every night in the Mississippi River town of Pevely , …

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UMP DIRTcar Roundup Will Rock I-55 Raceway With More Than 500 Competitors In Eight Divisions

CONCORD , N.C. — Dec. 7, 2007 — Four days of racing. Eight classes of cars. More than 500 competitors and thousands of laps. The thrilling high banks of Ken Schrader’s I-55 Raceway will never be the same after the inaugural UMP DIRTcar Roundup, the largest event in UMP DIRTcar Racing history. From Oct. 15-18, Super Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Pro Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and 4-Cylinders all will have a chance to shine on four consecutive days, which include feature events every night …

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Nights Of Champions Will Honor Series, Competitors And 2007 Champions

CONCORD, N.C. — Aug. 14, 2007 — The World Racing Group announces its 2007 Nights of Champions for the premier dirt racing series. Five special events will highlight the achievements of drivers competing with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series, the MARS DIRTcar Series and UMP DIRTcar Racing. “The Nights of Champions will be our way to honor all of the drivers who have competed with us in 2007,” said World Racing Group President Tom Deery. …

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Nascar Stars At Fairbury And Peoria – Kenny Wallace Tops Mods At Peoria

(Macon, IL) NASCAR Stars Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader visited Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Tuesday Night and Peoria Speedway on Wednesday night. Large crowds were treated to outstanding racing action, autograph sessions after the races, prizes and shining performances by both Schrader and Wallace. Lynn Chevrolet and Pantagraph.com brought the Night of NASCAR Stars to Fairbury that included the UMP Late models and Modifieds with David Porth of Gardner, IL taking home the top prize in the Modified division and Dennis Erb, Jr. of Carpentersville, IL winning the Late …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Makes Official Decision On Sanctioning Of Belle Clair Speedway and Tri-City Speedway

EVANSVILLE , IN – March 26, 2007 – After several months of speculation and debate, UMP DIRTcar Racing officials have announced that Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville , Ill. , will be a weekly UMP-sanctioned track and Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach , Ill. , will carry a specials-only sanction. Stan Schanter of Belle Clair Speedway and Kevin Gundaker of Tri-City Speedway were notified of UMP DIRTcar Racing’s decision on Fri., March 23. “We have taken calls from fans, drivers and anyone else who wanted to speak their mind about …

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New Logo Announces Dawning Of ‘UMP DIRTcar Racing’ Era

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Jan. 20, 2007 – A new era began for United Midwestern Promoters on Saturday. Continuing the circuit’s rise in North American short-track racing circles while maintaining its treasured history, UMP officials unveiled a fresh, stylish logo and announced an updated, all-encompassing title – ‘UMP DIRTcar Racing’ – for the popular weekly racing series. The news was formally released during Saturday night’s 23rd annual UMP Awards Banquet inside the Grand Ballroom of the Springfield Hilton, where the top UMP drivers from the 2006 season shared over a half-million …

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Tickets Sold Out For 23rd Annual UMP Awards Banquet On Jan. 20 In Springfield, Ill.

By Kevin Kovac EVANSVILLE, IN – Jan. 10, 2007 – Unprecedented interest has made a sell-out of the 23rd annual United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Awards Banquet on Sat., Jan. 20, at the Springfield (Ill.) Hilton, UMP director Sam Driggers announced today. “We’ve done all we can to accommodate as many people as possible in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom, but we’ve reached the point where we can’t sell any more tickets,” said Driggers. This is the first time in UMP’s history that the awards banquet’s tickets have been sold out in …

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Over Half-Million Dollars To Be Distributed At 23rd Annual UMP Awards Banquet On Jan. 20

EVANSVILLE , IN – Nov. 29, 2006 – The top United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) drivers from the 2006 season will share over a half-million dollars in points fund awards during the DIRT MotorSports-owned circuit’s 23rd annual Awards Banquet on Sat., Jan. 20, inside the Hilton Springfield’s Grand Ballroom in Springfield, Ill. The gala affair is open to all UMP racers, car owners and crew members and their families, friends and fans, but space constraints mean a limited number of tickets are available. Those planning to attend the banquet are urged …

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