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Bill Frye Proves He’s Strong As Ever With Record Fifth MARS DIRTcar Series Championship

Concord, NC — For the last two years, Bill Frye has contemplated retiring as a race car driver. And for the last two years, the veteran star from Greenbrier, Ark., has won the MARS DIRTcar Series championship. So much for giving himself a final sign that he should hang up his helmet. “It makes you feel good (to capture the title) because we almost quit at the end of last year and we’ve been thinking about retiring again this year,” said Frye, who clinched his second consecutive and record fifth …

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Erb Extends UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model National Points Lead Over Steidinger With Two Weekends Of Action Remaining

By Kevin Kovac EVANSVILLE , IN – Sept. 26, 2007 – Dennis Erb Jr.’s late-season surge continued last weekend, moving him closer to a career-first UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model national championship. On the strength of a victory and runner-up finish, Erb, 35, of Carpentersville , Ill. , extended his lead in the national standings to 36 points over 24-year-old Wes Steidinger of Fairbury , Ill. Just this weekend’s weekly-track action and the Oct. 5-6 UMP DIRTcar Racing Fall Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg , Ohio , remain in …

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Steidinger must fight back after Erb inches ahead

By Kevin Kovac Wes Steidinger’s almost season-long run atop the UMP weekly point standings is over. The question is: does the 24-year-old rising star from Fairbury, Ill., have enough time left to get the lead back? Steidinger heads into this weekend’s action without the points lead for the first time in months. Two rough nights last weekend caused him to lose the top spot to 2007 UMP Summernationals champion Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., who has been chipping away at Steidinger’s once-healthy edge for the past two months. Erb, …

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Steady Brian Ruhlman Claims Sunoco American Late Model Series Championship For 2nd Time In 3 Years!

Evansville, IN — Brian Ruhlman’s second career Sunoco American Late Model Series championship had a little different look than his first. This time, he did it his way. Ruhlman, 37, of Clarklake , Mich. , captured the title of the UMP DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned tour for the first time in 2005 while driving Mike Lawrence’s No. 11. He repeated this season as largely an owner/operator, entering his own Rocket No. 49 in 12 of the 16 events. “It’s very satisfying to win it with our own stuff this year,” said Ruhlman, …

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Dennis Erb Jr. Chasing Historic Sweep Of UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model Summernationals & National Points Titles

EVANSVILLE , IN – Sept. 13, 2007 – Dennis Erb Jr. already has the 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals championship on his ledger. Why shouldn’t the ‘One Man Band’ try to double his pleasure? Erb, 34, of Carpentersville , Ill. , is attempting to add the UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model national title to his spectacular campaign. He’s locked in a neck-and-neck battle with Wes Steidinger of Fairbury , Ill. , for the $20,000 crown, which is likely to be determined in the points-season-ending UMP DIRTcar Racing Fall Nationals on …

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Jimmy Owens Certifies Status As A National Dirt Late Model Star With Victory In Sunday’s World 100 At Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 9, 2007 – Jimmy Owens has officially arrived as a national dirt Late Model star. The four-time UMP DIRTcar Racing open-wheel Modified champion dispelled any lingering questions on Sunday afternoon by winning the division’s toughest and most prestigious event, the 37th annual World 100 at Eldora Speedway. “The best in the country are here, so it’s always a boost any time you win this race,” said the modest, unassuming Owens, a 35-year-old from Newport , Tenn. , who has been driving dirt Late Models fulltime for …

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