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UMP DIRTcar Racing Offers First Crate-Engine Division With Introduction Of Pro Late Models In 2008

EVANSVILLE , IN – Nov. 21, 2007 – UMP DIRTcar Racing will offer its first division that uses crate engines exclusively with the 2008 introduction of the Pro Late Model class, organization officials announced today. Designed to provide racers an economical pathway to UMP DIRTcar Racing’s marquee Super Late Model and open-wheel Modified divisions, the Pro Late Models will combine the increasingly popular crate-engine concept with UMP DIRTcar Racing’s trademark uniform technical rules and other cost-cutting measures. Tracks spread across Illinois , Indiana , Kentucky , Louisiana , Mississippi , …

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Young Tyler Boggs Hopes Sunoco American Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Award Provides Launching Pad For His Career

EVANSVILLE, IN – Nov. 20, 2007 – For a young, upwardly-mobile driver like Tyler Boggs, the Sunoco American Late Model Series proved to be a perfect fit. Boggs, 18, of Warsaw, Ind., made the UMP DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned tour the primary focus of his first full season in the dirt Late Model ranks. He earned a nice honor for his resume in the process, winning the 2007 ALMS Rookie of the Year Award. “With our budget and what we were trying to do in our first year in a Late Model, …

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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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