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Night 25 of the 26-Event UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals: VanWormer Scores Dramatic Victory, Erb Clinches Title In Tour Points Finale At Oakshade Raceway

WAUSEON, OH – July 14, 2007 – Waiting out the storm paid off big-time for Jeep VanWormer. The Pinconning, Mich., standout brought a dramatic close to a program that was delayed nearly five hours by rain, passing Wes Steidinger of Fairbury, Ill., with the white flag flying to win Saturday night’s 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals points finale at Oakshade Raceway. VanWormer, 32, earned $10,000 for capturing the 60-lap ‘Birthday Race,’ an annual event that drew a near capacity crowd to the four-tenths-mile oval. Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., …

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Night 24 of the 26-Event UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals: Brady Smith Becomes Latest First-Time Tour Winner At Farmer City Raceway

FARMER CITY, IL – July 13, 2007 – Brady Smith’s pursuit of a big-money victory is over. The rising star from Solon Springs, Wis., broke through on Friday night, winning the 40-lap UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals A-Main at Farmer City Raceway. “We finally got a big win for our Amsoil/Big Red Motorsports team,” said a happy, relieved Smith after pocketing $10,000 for his first career triumph on the grueling Summernationals tour. “It’s been a long time coming.” Smith, a 30-year-old who has been entering special dirt Late Model events outside …

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Night 23 of the 26-Event UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals: Steve Sheppard Jr. Captures First-Ever Tour Win At La Salle Speedway

LA SALLE , IL – July 12, 2007 – Steve Sheppard Jr. was on top of the world after winning Thursday night’s 40-lap UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals A-Main at La Salle Speedway. “This is one of the greatest days of my life,” pronounced Sheppard, a smile dominating his face as he signed autographs and accepted congratulatory handshakes in the pit area. “I ain’t kidding. This was only a $6,000 (to win) show, but it’s the biggest one I’ve ever won. It was the first career Summernationals triumph for the New …

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Night 22 of the 26-Event UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals: Babb’s Hot Streak Continues With 4th Straight Win At Spoon River Speedway

CANTON, IL – July 11, 2007 – A breathtaking mid-race pass vaulted Shannon Babb into the lead and kept alive his UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals win streak Wednesday night at Spoon River Speedway. Babb, 33, of Moweaqua , Ill. , was chasing pacesetter Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Mich. , and Summernationals points leader Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville , Ill. , just after the halfway point of the 40-lap A-Main when he pulled off one of the best moves of the 2007 tour. When VanWormer was momentarily slowed by a …

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Night 21 of the 26-Event UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals: Shannon Babb Rolls To Third Straight Win At Quincy Raceway

QUINCY, IL – July 10, 2007 – Shannon Babb doesn’t want to see the 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals come to an end. Continuing his late surge on the tour, the Moweaqua, Ill., superstar rolled to a flag-to-flag victory in Tuesday night’s 40-lap A-Main at Quincy Raceway. It was the third consecutive triumph for Babb, who opted not to defend his 2005-06 Summernationals titles this year but is hitting his stride in the tour’s final week. Taking advantage of a pole position starting spot, Babb kept his Billy Moyer Sr.-owned …

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Night 20 of the 26-Event UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals: Shannon Babb Express Picks Up Steam At C.J. Raceway

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, IA – July 9, 2007 – The Shannon Babb Express is picking up steam as the 2007 UMP DIRTcar Racing Summernationals winds down. Moweaqua , Ill. ’s Babb rolled to his second consecutive tour triumph on Monday night, leading from flag-to-flag in the 30-lap A-Main at C.J. Raceway. Babb, 33, is not defending his 2005-06 Summernationals titles this season, but he’s still looking to make his mark on the grueling tour. After winning for the first time in seven series starts on Sunday night at Quad City Raceway …

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