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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: ‘Moon Man’ (Late Models) & Gilpin (UMP Modifieds) Remain Atop National Points Standings

DIRTcarCONCORD, NC – June 1, 2012 – Jim Moon of Zionsville, Ill. (Late Models) and Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind. (UMP Modifieds) remained atop their respective divisional national standings following Week 18 action on the DIRTcar UMP circuit.

Moon, a 40-year-old known as the ‘Moon Man’ in Midwestern racing circles, stayed on top of the full-fender rankings for the second consecutive week. His 24 counted UMP-sanctioned starts are the most of any driver in the Late Model class, which has its standings determined using competitors’ best 35 finishes/points nights.

While Moon has yet to score a feature win this season, but he continued his steady performances over the Memorial Day weekend. He rang up fourth-place finishes on May 25 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., and May 27 at Quincy (Ill.) Raceways and ran fifth on May 26 at Montgomery County Speedway in New Florence, Mo.
Moon extended his edge from 10 to 50 points (1,177-1,127) over veteran Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Ill., whose holiday-weekend record included his sixth overall win of the season on May 25 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway and a fourth-place outing on May 26 at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway.

Gilpin, meanwhile, extended his UMP Modified national points lead from 71 to 161 points (1,654-1,493) over Nick Allen of Wheatfield, Ind., with a spectacular Memorial Day weekend of racing.

The talented Gilpin was unbeatable over the holiday, rolling to four wins in as many starts. His triumphs, which pushed his overall 2012 win total to 12, came on May 24 at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track; May 25 at Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio; and May 26 and 27 at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park.

Other divisional national points leaders through Week 17 are Evan Taylor of Woodlawn, Tenn. (Pro Late Models); Troy Clark of North Vernon, Ind. (Sportsman); Haley Westerfield of Owensboro, Ky. (Limited Modifieds); A.J. Wright of Danville, Ill. (Stock Cars); Mike Epplett of Muskegon, Mich. (Factory Stocks); and Blayne Ellis of Evansville, Ind. (Sport Compacts).

Log on to www.DirtCar.com for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit and to view complete points standings for all divisions, including the current State points rankings.

The weekly DIRTcar UMP points update is powered by www.MotorStats.com. DIRTcar’s affiliation with the Durham, N.C.-based Web site is providing fans and competitors a more timely and detailed look at the points standings. National and State points standings for all divisions are typically updated by Thursday each week, and new features allow visitors to click on each driver’s name to see a complete race-by-race review of their finishes to date.

DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of May 27, 2012):
Late Models (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Jim Moon 24 1177
2. Kevin Weaver 18 1127
3. Dewayne Kiefer 21 1125
4. Scott Schmitt 21 1065
5. Michael Kloos 16 1055
6. Bobby Pierce 20 1042
7. Ryan Unzicker 18 978
8. Brandon Sheppard 17 963
9. Jason McBride 18 947
10. Rusty Schlenk 15 871
11. Frankie Martin 15 838
12. Mike Spatola III 16 818
13. Chad Zobrist 14 803
14. Jason Feger 15 781
15. Chris Shelton 19 780
16. Jon Henry 12 776
17. Caleb Ashby 16 774
18. Mike Hammerle 18 757
19. Terry English 13 752
20. Scott Bull 13 748

UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Devin Gilpin 26 1654
2. Nick Allen 22 1493
3. Trent Young 27 1437
4. Jamie Lomax 22 1297
5. Tyler Nicely 25 1267
6. Dave Wietholder 19 1139
7. JR Mason 22 1104
8. Bradley Sterrett 18 1092
9. Collin Thirlby 23 1084
10. Mike Harrison 20 1074
11. Ray Bollinger 21 1031
12. Chad Evans 22 1014
13. Gary Cook Jr. 20 1006
14. Aaron Kleine 15 1002
15. Michael Long 17 979
16. Richie Lex 17 952
17. Doug Adkins 16 948
18. Brian Lynn 19 940
19. Brian Shaw 15 934
20. Kyle Bronson 14 923

Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Evan Taylor 20 1135
2. Clayton Miller 16 1036
3. Mark Oller 17 1020
4. Credence Mott 20 909
5. Michael Zimmerman 18 906
6. Aaron Heck 18 874
7. Evan Fink 15 843
8. Bobby Martintoni 14 790
9. Nick Bauman 12 770
10. Bobby Dauderman 12 721

Sportsman (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Troy Clark 16 930
2. Chad Jeseo 13 812
3. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 15 766
4. Jon Ripperda 11 729
5. Troy Naeger 11 613
6. Shawn Diggs. 9 572
7. Kenny Carmichael Jr. 14 568
8. Roy Bruce Jr. 10 549
9. Trey Harris 9 523
10. Troy Medley 9 514

Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Haley Westerfield 14 542
2. Rob Lee 8 490
3. Tracy Denby Jr. 7 475
4. Brett Page 10 455
5. Corey Kellems 11 432
6. Todd Bates 8 420
7. Curt Loddeke 9 400
8. Tyler Deibert 6 385
9. John Wyble 7 371
10. Rick Johnson 6 361

Stock Cars (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. AJ Wright 20 1125
2. Darrel Dick 15 823
3. Mike McKinney 12 807
4. Mike Hodges 13 743
5. Tyler Blankenship 12 693
6. Dustin Rollins 11 685
7. John Farris 11 662
8. Dan Dykman 12 656
9. Jerrad Krick 10 638
10. Kassidi Gibbs 14 630

Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Mike Epplett 18 1017
2. Josh Grabe 18 967
3. Dennis Bringedahl 14 892
4. Mark Farber 18 871
5. Stephen Fohne 14 843
6. Josh Sternberg 14 837
7. Spike Grega 15 833
8. Jake Hewitt 11 769
9. Dustin Mcclintock 15 756
10. Phil Herrick 16 702

Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races counted/points):
1. Blayne Ellis 20 1273
2. Jeremy Callahan 16 1150
3. Zach Bollinger 18 1125
4. Tyler Benson 16 1033
5. Vince Shehorn 16 1031
6. Evan Gaultney 18 981
7. Jacob Rexing 15 976
8. Christian Lee 14 921
9. Lynn Lash 17 912
10. Michael Rittenberry 16 744

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