Cory Dumpert is excited for the chance to test himself against strong competition.

Dumpert, 24, of York, Nebraska, recently earned what he called the biggest win of his career at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. And it’s put him in position to go after the prestigious prize of a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state championship.

Dumbert leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Nebraska points race and the dirt late model standings at Junction Motor Speedway, a .375-mile clay oval in McCool Junction, Nebraska. And he’s eighth in dirt super late model points at I-80, a .4-mile clay oval.

He races the same car and same crate engine at both tracks. Junction requires a crate engine, while I-80 has an “open” engine rule. Despite his horsepower disadvantage at I-80, he aims for top-five finishes there to maintain traction in the state points race. But a win there on May 9 was a big boost for his confidence.

“Things are lining up now,” said Dumpert, who posted his fourth win of the season Saturday night at Junction. In 11 races between the two tracks, he has five wins, six top-fives and 10 top-10s. He’s ranked 24th in this week’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Top 500.

Season-long points leader Anthony Anders and two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam each won pavement late model double features over the weekend. The results helped Pulliam move to second behind Anders in the national standings. Anders has 668 points and Pulliam has 585.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events.

Anders, of Easley, S.C., won twin 40-lap features at Greenville (South Carolina) Pickens Speedway Saturday; Pulliam, of Alton, Va., won twin 75s at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina.

Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, the 2005 national champion, was second in national points last week. He did not race over the weekend and fell to fourth place.

Just nine points separate third through fifth in national standings. Pavement modified driver Ryan Preece had the biggest gain in the national top-10 this week. He moved from eighth to third in points. Preece, of Berlin, Connecticut, won the SK Modified feature at Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway Friday night. He then posted finishes of fifth and sixth in twin 50s at Riverhead (New York) Raceway Saturday. Preece has 518 points, 67 behind Pulliam.

Sellers holds fourth in standings with 513 points. Keith Rocco, the 2010 national champion, broke into the top-five this week and has 509 points. Rocco, of Wallingford, Connecticut, placed fourth in the SK Modified feature at Stafford Friday and won Saturday at Waterford (Connecticut) Speedbowl.

Positions six through eight in national standings were all affected by their double feature results at Southern National. Tommy Lemons Jr. dropped from fourth to sixth in national ranking with finishes of second and 12th. Matt Bowling lost one position and is seventh following finishes of ninth and sixth. Dillon Bassett dropped from fifth to eighth in points with finishes of sixth and 10th. Kres Vandyke and Chad Finchum remained steady at ninth and 10th in national points. Late models did not race last weekend at their home tracks, Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va.

For Dumpert, his win at I-80 last month was one of the biggest of his career.

He started near the front of a 25-lap super late model feature on May 9, but was overtaken almost immediately. When the field hit the third turn for the first time, though, most cars pushed up the track.

“I hit the brakes, turned left and came out of turn four with the lead,” Dumpert said. “My brother Kyle was giving me signals from the infield through the race. I was watching because I didn’t want to be in anyone’s way. With five laps to go I realized I could win.

“I got nervous and messed up a little and Jase Kaser was closing in. I started hitting my marks again. There were tears in my eyes when I saw the checkered flag. We’re down 300 horsepower and have half the budget of some.

“That was the most meaningful win of my career. Three-quarters of the drivers came to congratulate us. We were the last ones to leave the track that night.”

Kaser won the state title and both track championships in 2013. Dumpert placed second in the Junction Motor Speedway and state point races.

Dumpert said racing at both tracks last year helped prepare him for this season.

“We had four top-fives at I-80 and won nine at Junction. We thought with a little luck we could be competitive this year. We thought we had a pretty good chance,” Dumpert said.

Dumpert raced go-karts from 1997-2007. He started his stock car racing career in hobby stocks at Junction in 2008. He won four features and the rookie-of-the-year award. He moved up to street stocks in 2009 and won the division championship in 2011. He moved to late models and won the state and both track rookie-of-the-year awards in 2012.

Dumpert drives a Swartz chassis by Kyle Berck. Clay Engleman of A&E Motorsports maintains the engine. Sponsors include Dickinson Farms and the Best Western hotel in York. The driver’s dad Cary Dumpert is chief mechanic. Team members include Brandon Lambert, Brian Petro, Jeremy Davis, Kenneth Shepard, Steve Hinz, mom Debbie Dumpert and brother Kyle.

Under the NASCAR point structure, drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of in an event, up to 18 cars. Three bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a single-digit starting position and five bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a double-digit starting position.

Drivers must be NASCAR-licensed and cars will be verified for display of requirederies sponsor decals to be eligible for NASCAR points and awards.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.
– By Paul Schaefer, NASCAR.  Photo credit: Speedshutters

Pos Driver Starts Wins T5 T10 Points
1 Anthony Anders 24 15 22 23 668
2 Lee Pulliam 18 11 15 15 585
3 Ryan Preece 17 6 14 17 518
4 Peyton Sellers 15 5 14 15 513
5 Keith Rocco 15 5 14 15 509
6 Tommy Lemons, Jr 21 3 11 15 491
7 Matt Bowling 18 2 13 16 488
8 Dillon Bassett 16 5 14 16 487
9 Kres Vandyke 14 5 12 13 413
10 Chad Finchum 14 7 13 13 411
11 Ryan Stiltner 14 0 13 14 390
12 Randy Porter 13 5 10 12 389
13 Brandon Fox 22 0 8 13 374
14 Spencer Davis 18 0 6 10 370
15 Marty Ward 12 0 10 12 346
16 Daniel Alvarez(R) 19 0 1 13 338
17 Ryan Wilson 18 0 4 11 318
18 Burt Myers 10 4 6 9 304
19 Myatt Snider 16 0 6 11 304
20 Ted Christopher 12 0 5 11 298
21 Joe Wilder(R) 13 0 2 11 294
22 Trey Gibson 10 0 9 10 292
23 Mike Darne 14 0 6 10 290
24 Cory Dumpert 11 5 6 10 289
25 Payton Ryan(R) 15 0 5 12 284
26 Howie Brode 10 3 7 10 275
27 Matt Waltz 11 4 8 10 272
28 Josh Berry 11 3 7 9 271
29 Greg Edwards 9 4 9 9 268
30 Leon Zeitner 14 1 8 11 267
31 Deac Mccaskill 16 5 11 11 265
32 Jeran Frailey 10 3 10 10 263
33 Tim Brown 10 0 6 9 260
34 David Roberts 9 0 6 9 260
35 Brenden Queen 17 0 3 9 254
36 Bill Leighton, Jr 11 1 8 11 253
37 David Garborcauskas, Jr 13 1 6 9 251
38 Justin Sorrow 9 2 5 9 250
39 Justin Zeitner 12 1 7 10 245
40 Lee Jeffreys 10 0 5 7 244
41 Stewart Friesen 8 3 7 7 241
42 Austin Thaxton 9 1 6 7 239
43 Craig Lutz 9 1 6 8 239
44 Duane Howard 9 2 5 7 236
45 John Smith 9 0 5 8 236
46 David Rogers 10 0 1 8 236
47 Donnie Hill 8 4 8 8 232
48 Tom Rogers, Jr 10 0 7 8 232
49 Chris Fleming 10 2 3 8 230
50 Timmy Solomito 10 2 6 8 230
51 Jeff Strunk 9 1 5 7 229
52 Tyler Chadwick 11 1 3 7 229
53 Danny Bohn 10 0 3 7 224
54 Jeremy Drummond(R) 21 0 0 7 224
55 Nick Smith 9 1 8 8 223
56 Doug Manmiller 9 3 6 6 221
57 Mike Brooks 8 3 6 6 221
58 Craig Von Dohren 9 2 5 6 220
59 William Byron(R) 10 0 6 6 220
60 Ed Puleo 9 1 4 6 219
61 Jason Myers 10 2 4 6 218
62 Aj Foote 8 1 5 7 213
63 Matt Sheppard(R) 7 1 5 7 213
64 Mark Wertz 11 0 8 10 212
65 Shane Lee 12 0 3 10 212
66 Bobby Mccarty 9 0 2 8 212
67 Hayden Woods 13 0 0 6 212
68 Ryan Partridge 6 4 6 6 210
69 Dylan Smith 10 0 3 7 208
70 Craig Stallard 14 0 0 6 208
71 Kyle Benjamin 7 1 6 6 207
72 Bob Root 10 0 3 7 206
73 Travis Bruno(R) 6 2 6 6 204
74 Chad Pendleton 8 2 7 7 204
75 Keith Campbell(R) 10 0 7 9 204
76 Timmy Jordan(R) 8 0 2 8 204
77 Andrew Kosiski 12 0 5 9 204
78 Rob Janovic, Jr 9 0 5 5 204
79 David Sapienza 10 0 4 8 204
80 Jonathon Beyer(R) 10 1 7 10 203
81 Randy Frailey 9 4 6 7 202
82 Jason O’brien 8 2 6 7 202
83 Chris Spieker 7 3 6 7 201
84 Zeke Shell 7 1 5 6 201
85 Kyle Purvis 8 1 8 8 201
86 Shawn Thibeault 9 0 4 7 200
87 Kyle James 9 1 5 6 199
88 Garrett Bunch, Jr 12 0 1 5 198
89 Justin T Johnson 10 0 4 7 198
90 Jase Kaser 9 0 5 9 196
91 Larry Wight(R) 7 1 4 7 195
92 Frank Cozze 8 0 5 6 192
93 Jason Durgan(R) 9 2 4 7 190
94 Landon Huffman(R) 9 1 5 6 187
95 Cole Custer 6 0 5 6 186
96 Bruce Anderson, Jr 10 0 3 7 186
97 Frank Fleming 10 0 2 5 186
98 Lee Tissot 7 1 5 5 185
99 Mike Mahaney(R) 7 1 4 7 185
100 Gord Shepherd 10 2 7 10 184

 

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