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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update (6/6/2008)

Evansville, IN — SOUTHWEST STAR: Anthony Madrid lives over 1,550 miles from Springfield, Ill., but he’d love to make a long trip to the capital of the Land of Lincoln come January 2009. It would be a quite worthwhile excursion, of course, if the resident of Phoenix, Ariz., emerges as the 2008 UMP DIRTcar Modified national champion – a distinct possibility considering the way he’s been racking up wins at the Southwest’s new UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned tracks and creeping up the points standings. Madrid, 32, has already won nine features this …

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DIRTcar NE Drivers Climb UMP Point Charts

Weedsport, NY — June 5, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director The Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series for Northeastern Modified divisions are underway and so are the point chases for Pro Stock and Street Stock teams competing under the UMP umbrella for a second straight year. A new era in area DIRTcar Racing began last season and with the strong affiliation continuing between DIRT’s sister sanctioning body in 2008, UMP will once again be providing an unprecedented pool of point fund money that will be paid out …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update: Super Late Model Division Heats Up With Tri-Track Challenge, Eldora’s $100,000 Dream & Summernationals; Feel-Good Mod Story At Fairbury; Unzicker Assumes Super Late Model Points Lead

Evansville, IN — HEATING UP: Memorial Day Weekend has passed and the month of June is upon us. For UMP DIRTcar Super Late Model racers, that means one thing – it’s time for some of the circuit’s biggest events of the season. Beginning this weekend with the sixth annual ‘Tri-Track Challenge’ tripleheader, the UMP DIRTcar Super Late Model calendar will be filled with major events for the next seven weeks. The stretch includes the UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned Dirt Late Model Dream on June 6-7 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update: VanWormer Prepping For UMP DIRTcar Summernationals Title Bid; Hammerle & Sweeney Remain National Points Leaders

Evansville, IN — VanWormer, 33, of Pinconning , Mich. , certainly stands as the driver most likely to break through as a first-time champion of the Summernationals, the grueling test of Super Late Model men and machines that kicks off its month-long run through the Midwest on June 12 at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, Ky. Ready to tackle the complete schedule for the fourth consecutive year, he’s paid his dues on a series popularly known as the ‘Hell Tour.’ “We’ve been out there on the road for …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update: Hot Start Has Kentucky’s Randle Sweeney On Top Of National Modified Points

Evansville, IN — HIS TURN?: Randle Sweeney already knows what it feels like to lose the UMP DIRTcar Modified national points title. Maybe this year the Clifty, Ky., veteran will be able to experience the joy of winning the championship. Sweeney, 43, is certainly off and running toward his first career UMP DIRTcar national crown. He’s burst out of the gate strong with seven feature wins at four different tracks through May 10, putting him atop the national Modified points standings. “Sure, I’d like to win the national championship,” said …

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DIRTcar NorthEast Regional Point Titles On The Line

Weedsport, NY — May 13, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director With the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series and Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series underway for Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified and Sportsman Modified teams, so has begun the chase for the coveted regional points titles in DIRTcar Racing NorthEast’s open-wheel divisions. Central New York standout Jimmy Phelps, New Jersey superstar Brett Hearn and Western Pennsylvania veteran Brian Swartzlander are looking to reclaim their regional crowns in Big-Block competition, with Hearn already topping the Eastern Region points chart …

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Decker Dominant DIRTcar Driver After Early Success

Weedsport, NY — May 9, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director With the opening weeks of oval track activity already in the books for the DIRTcar Racing NorthEast circuit and the first full month now underway, Billy Decker has racked up the most feature wins to date. Decker stands at the forefront as he continues to chase valuable points used to crown DIRTcar Weekly Racing Series Track and DIRTcar Regional champions in 2008. Eleven tracks have hosted DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block Modified races with 12 drivers scoring victories …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update: Veteran Mike Hammerle Moves On Top Of Super Late Model National Points Race

Evansville, IN — TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Veteran Mike Hammerle enters this weekend’s action leading the UMP DIRTcar Super Late Model national points standings, but he knows his run in the sun will probably be short-lived. So the 60-year-old grandfather from St. Charles, Mo., is going to enjoy every minute of his stint in the catbird’s seat – just like he relishes every lap he turns on the racetrack. A short-track racer for 35 years and counting, Hammerle is a classic low-buck driver who pours his heart and soul into …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update

Evansville, IN — GETTING BETTER: Randy Korte is chomping at the bit to go racing. Unfortunately, the two-time UMP DIRTcar Super Late Model national champion can’t climb into his familiar TMCI Transportation No. 00 until his doctor says he’s ready. Sidelined since suffering a back injury in a Dirt Late Model Winternationals feature incident on Feb. 5 at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., Korte is not taking well to watching races from the pit area as the UMP DIRTcar Racing season swings into high gear. “This is the …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update: 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Promoters of Year Ready To Roll At Oakshade; Earthquake Rattles UMP DIRTcar Office

Evansville, IN — TOP OPERATORS: UMP DIRTcar Racing’s 2007 Promoters of the Year are ready to roll out another exciting season of down-home, grassroots racing. Terry and Pam Henricks, the husband-and-wife team who operate the successful Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, have their first UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned action of 2008 set to go this Saturday night (April 26), with Sportsman and Factory Stocks (called Bombers at Oakshade) headlining the Bill Reckner Memorial card. The track’s marquee UMP DIRTcar Super Late Model division debuts for ‘08 on Sat., May 3, to round …

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Louie Jackson Captures Pro Stock Series Opener At Can-Am

LaFargeville, NY — April 19, 2008 – Jim Clarke, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Series Correspondent The Hits Keep On Comin.’ Elton John topped the hit parade in ’73 with ‘Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting.’ The Bay City Rollers hit it big three years later with ‘Saturday Night.’ On Saturday, April 19 it was Louie Jackson’s turn to top the charts as he scored the win in the 2008 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series opener at Can-Am Motorsports Park in LaFargeville, New York. An ideal forecast greeted the 23 UMP/DIRTcar Pro Stock competitors, …

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Stefanski Begins Pro Stock Series Title Defense At Can-Am

Weedsport, NY — April 15, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director Reigning Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock points king Pete Stefanski will have history on his side when he opens the 2008 title chase at Can-Am Motorsports Park on Saturday, April 19. A decade of experience behind the wheel of stock car should only bolster his chances when the 14th Mr. DIRTcar Championship gets underway this weekend at the popular LaFargeville, New York layout. The two-time defending Mr. DIRTcar Champion won the only other Pro Stock tour …

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UMP DIRTcar Racing Weekly Update: American Late Model Series/Northern Allstars Season Previews; Points Season Underway

Evansville, IN — READY TO ROLL: Another season of regional touring-series Super Late Model action under the UMP DIRTcar Racing banner is getting the green flag. Two popular UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned tours – the Sunoco American Late Model Series and Northern Allstars Late Model Series – are once again offering attractive schedules, purses and points-fund payouts in 2008 for Midwest racers who yearn to test their skills at a variety of different tracks. “Both the Sunoco American Late Model Series and the Northern Allstars give weekend racers a chance to participate …

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’08 Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Opener Ready To Roll April 19 At Can-Am

Weedsport, NY — April 9, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director A full-fender frenzy moves to the forefront on Saturday, April 19 when the Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship Series makes its first stop of the 2008 campaign as part of Can-Am Motorsports Park’s SUNY Canton season-opener. A top prize of $1,000 is on the line for the 25-lap tour winner from the posted race day purse of more than $5-grand. “I’ve been in touch with many of the top contenders from last year and most …

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