Sunday night could play key role in UMP title

September 28, 2012 5 Comments

Our friends at UMP DirtCAR racing have supplied us with the following information going into Sunday night’s season finale at the Bullring:

Brian Shirley, who has won two features this season at Quincy Raceways, stands on the brink of his first-ever DIRTcar UMP Late Model national championship, and how Sunday night plays out at the Bullring could have a big say in that quest.

Shirley holds a 53-point lead (2,551-2,498) over 1992 DIRTcar UMP Late Model national champion Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Ill., entering the weekend. After the weekend is complete, the only opportunity left for Late Model and UMP Modified competitors to collect points will come in the annual DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 5-6 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Coming off a successful weekend that saw him push his 2012 DIRTcar UMP win total to 12 with victories on Sept. 21 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway and Sept. 23 at Quincy. Shirley’s next scheduled sanctioned start is the DIRTcar UMP Nationals at Eldora. But he can still clinch the national crown this weekend without turning a wheel under the DIRTcar UMP banner.

Brian Shirley

Weaver’s hopes for a second DIRTcar UMP national title two decades after his first remain alive, but he must be virtually perfect the remainder of the way. With the Late Model standings determined using drivers’ best 35 finishes/points nights, the veteran racer has three 60-point nights to replace on his ledger and could overtake Shirley if he wins three full-point features (bonus points are available based on car count) and Shirley, who has two 65-point nights to replace, does not finish second or better in any race.

Weaver, who has 18 feature wins this season, has three sanctioned events on his schedule this weekend: Kankakee on Friday; Highland (Ill.) Speedway or Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., on Saturday; and Quincy on Sunday.

Shirley is bidding to become just the third driver in DIRTcar UMP history to win the DIRTcar Summer Nationals title and weekly-racing national championship in the same season, joining Indiana’s John Gill (1986) and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. (2007-08) on the select list. The national championship is worth $20,000.

DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of Sept. 24, 2012)
Late Models (rank/driver/races counted/points):
Drivers in blue have raced at Quincy this season
Drivers in red are track regulars at Quincy
1. Brian Shirley 35 2551
2. Kevin Weaver 35 2498
3. Jason Feger 35 2376
4. Ryan Unzicker 35 2368
5. Rusty Schlenk 35 2367
6. Shannon Babb 35 2365
7. Randy Korte 35 2343
8. Michael Kloos 35 2342
9. Brandon Thirlby 35 2246
10. Brandon Sheppard 35 2241
11. Bobby Pierce 35 2197
12. Dewayne Kiefer 35 2175
13. Jim Moon 35 2170
14. Dustin Griffin 35 2151
15. Scott Schmitt 35 2079
16. Chad Zobrist 35 2070
17. Dennis Erb Jr. 35 2050
18. Rich Neiser 35 2039
19. Jason McBride 35 2014
20. Eric Spangler 35 2006

UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races counted/points):
Drivers in blue have raced at Quincy this season
Drivers in red are track regulars at Quincy
1. Devin Gilpin 30 2346
2. Nick Allen 30 2304
3. Mike Harrison 30 2242
4. Jamie Lomax 30 2191
5. Trent Young 30 2177
6. Jacob Poel 30 2166
7. Dave Wietholder 30 2144
8. Joey Kramer 30 2132
9. Michael Long 30 2127
10. Ray Bollinger 30 2116
11. Doug Adkins 30 2103
12. Jeremy Rayburn 30 2097
13. Brian Bielong 30 2075
14. Kenny Wallace 30 2055
15. Clayton Miller 30 2051
16. Donovan Lodge 30 2047
17. Matt Mevert 30 2046
18. Todd Sherman 30 2039
19. Steven DeLonjay 30 2038
20. Rusty Griffaw 30 2029

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  1. Stevie, Jason McBride also raced the Summernats race at QR

  2. seighinger says:

    Gracias, Danny!

  3. booger girl says:

    Steve, your Modified race for driver of the year, James Leffew leading, what the h*&l, is all of his friends voting for him or what, when is the last time he ever won and race or didn’t spin out at least once in every race he’s been in. Come ON. I think the numbers need to be checked.

  4. 4245dwjs42s says:

    Thank you to Jason Perry and the Mendon Mafia for making my night be as awesome as or could have been.
    Finish wasn’t what we were looking for, in both classes, but I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Sunday night. It would not have been possible without you guys my pops and chuck… thank you all!

  5. bullringfan says:

    booger girl,the driver of the year award has nothing to do with talent. Look how many years Dale Jr. has won it. Is he the best driver in NASCAR? Hell no!! I wouldn’t even rank him in the top 20,maybe after he made the chase this year,but not likely.

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