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

EVANSVILLE, IN – Oct. 17, 2007 – Dennis Erb Jr. will never forget his 2007 season. “By far, this has been the best year ever for me,” said Erb, a 35-year-old, fulltime professional dirt Late Model driver from Carpentersville, Ill. “It’s just been unbelievable.” Erb was the king of the UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model world in ’07, becoming the first driver in the organization’s history to win both the grueling Summernationals tour and national points championships in the same season. Of course, capturing the $25,000 Summernationals crown for the …

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Bloomquist & Orr Capture UMP DIRTcar Racing Fall Nationals Features At Eldora Speedway; Erb & Schwartz Crowned UMP National Champs

ROSSBURG , OH – Oct. 6, 2007 – Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg , Tenn. (Late Models) and Scott Orr of Columbia City , Ind. (open-wheel Modifieds) registered hard-fought victories in Saturday night’s UMP DIRTcar Racing Fall Nationals at Eldora Speedway. Bloomquist, 42, made a strong run to the front in the 40-lap Late Model A-Main, advancing from the ninth starting spot to grab the lead on lap 21 from Josh Richards of Shinnston , W.Va. A former winner of the half-mile oval’s prestigious ‘World 100’ and ‘Dream’ events, Bloomquist pulled …

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Steidinger Stars On Opening Night Of UMP DIRTcar Racing Fall Nationals At Eldora Speedway

Pit Area Packed With 79 Late Models & 117 Open-Wheel Modifieds ROSSBURG , OH – Oct. 5, 2007 – Wes Steidinger’s dream of winning the UMP DIRTcar Racing Late Model national championship has evaporated, but that doesn’t mean he has nothing to race for. A victory in Saturday night’s 40-lap UMP DIRTcar Racing Fall Nationals A-Main at Eldora Speedway would be a nice consolation prize – and Steidinger made it clear on Friday night that he’s a serious contender for the $10,000 winner’s check. Steidinger, 24, of Fairbury , Ill. …

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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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