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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Moon (Late Models) & Gilpin (UMP Modifieds) Maintain National Points Leads After Week 20

DIRTcarCONCORD, NC – June 15, 2012 – Jim Moon of Zionsville, Ill. (Late Models) and Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind. (UMP Modifieds) maintained solid leads in their respective divisional national standings following Week 20 of the 2012 DIRTcar UMP points race.

Moon, a 40-year-old known as the ‘Moon Man,’ held an 87-point lead (1,612-1,575) over Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Ill., in DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned races contested through June 10 – the last national rankings before the start of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, which kicked off on Wednesday night at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway and will greatly shape the points battle over the next month.

Moon’s points lead has been built on the strength of his 32 counted UMP-sanctioned starts – five more than the next closest driver in the Late Model class, which has its standings determined using competitors’ best 35 finishes/points nights.

But Moon broke through for his first feature win of the season last Saturday night (June 9), reaching Victory Lane at Montgomery County Speedway in New Florence, Mo. He scored a sixth-place finish on June 8 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., and a runner-up placing on June 10 at Quincy (Ill.) Raceways.

Weaver, who has 25 counted races under his belt, won his eighth overall feature of 2012 on June 8 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway. Five of his victories have come at Kankakee.

Gilpin, meanwhile, continued to build his UMP Modified national points lead, pushing his edge to 219 points (1,985-1,766) over Nick Allen of Wheatfield, Ill.

The young Gilpin is sizzling hot on the DIRTcar UMP circuit, adding back-to-back wins last weekend at Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, Ohio (June 8) and Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park (June 9) to performance record that now shows 17 victories. He has won seven of his last nine starts.

Other divisional national points leaders through Week 20 are Mark Oller of Highland, Ill. (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); Josh Grabe of Muskegon, Mich. (Factory Stocks); and Jeremy Callahan of Mt. Vernon, Ill. (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 June 10, 2012):

Late Models (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. Jim Moon 32 1612

2. Kevin Weaver 25 1525

3. Scott Schmitt 27 1371

4. Dewayne Kiefer 25 1352

5. Bobby Pierce 25 1319

6. Michael Kloos 19 1220

7. Ryan Unzicker 22 1205

8. Jason McBride 22 1155

9. Rusty Schlenk 18 1079

10. Frankie Martin 19 1071

11. Jason Feger 21 1057

12. Chad Zobrist 18 1043

13. Terry English 17 1027

14. Brandon Sheppard 19 1000

15. Mike Spatola 20 990

16. Mike Schulte 19 961

17. Mike Hammerle 22 944

18. Caleb Ashby 19 922

19. Brian Shirley 17 884

20. Scott Bull 15 878

UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. Devin Gilpin 30 1985

2. Nick Allen 27 1766

3. Trent Young 30 1651

4. Jamie Lomax 26 1587

5. Tyler Nicely 29 1460

6. Dave Wietholder 24 1449

7. Collin Thirlby 29 1436

8 Gary Cook Jr. 25 1294

9. Ray Bollinger 26 1291

10. Michael Long 21 1282

11. JR Mason 26 1257

12. Chad Evans 27 1239

13. Richie Lex 21 1222

14. Mike Harrison 22 1218

15. Bradley Sterrett 20 1188

16. Brian Lynn 24 1179

17. Jeff Leka 19 1169

18. Aaron Kleine 18 1152

19. Michael Bolyard 21 1138

20. Doug Adkins 19 1134

Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. Mark Oller 20 1225

2. Evan Taylor 20 1194

3. Clayton Miller 18 1171

4. Evan Fink 19 1094

5. Aaron Heck 20 1078

6. Nick Bauman 16 1045

7. Michael Zimmerman 20 1036

8. Credence Mott 20 993

9. Bobby Martintoni 17 922

10. Bobby Dauderman 14 866

Sportsman (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. Troy Clark 19 1111

2. Chad Jeseo 16 974

3. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 18 961

4. Jon Ripperda 13 830

5. Roy Bruce Jr. 13 732

6. Troy Naeger 13 729

7. Kenny Carmichael Jr. 17 710

8. Shawn Diggs 11 692

9. Trey Harris 11 635

10. Wayne Carbo 12 619

10. Josh McDaniel 17 619

Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. Haley Westerfield 18 716

2. Rob Lee 11 662

3. Brett Page 14 645

4. Corey Kellems 14 540

5. Todd Bates 10 513

6. Curt Loddeke 11 510

7. Tracy Denby Jr. 7 475

8. Rick Johnson 8 471

9. Len Garson 11 449

10. Tyler Deibert 7 431

Stock Cars (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. AJ Wright 20 1188

2. Mike McKinney 15 9

3. John Farris 15 945

4. Mike Hodges 17 944

5. Darrel Dick 17 923

6. Dan Dykman 15 842

7. Mike Watson 14 781

8. Jerrad Krick 12 778

9. Dustin Rollins 13 777

10. Tyler Blankenship 13 763

Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. Josh Grabe 20 1164

2. Mike Epplett 20 1135

3. Stephen Fohne 18 1097

4. Mark Farber 20 1084

5. Dennis Bringedahl 16 999

6. Josh Sternberg 16 957

7. Jake Hewitt 14 949

8. Spike Grega 17 912

9. Dave Redman 18 889

10. Dustin Mcclintock 17 881

Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races counted/points):

1. Jeremy Callahan 20 1385

2. Blayne Ellis 20 1354

3. Zach Bollinger 20 1343

4. Tyler Benson 20 1288

5. Evan Gaultney 20 1253

6. Vince Shehorn 19 1231

7. Jacob Rexing 18 1181

8. Lynn Lash 20 1096

9. Christian Lee 15 991

10. David Bolyard 15 974

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