Race Car Driver Sentenced

Probation for a race car driver who purposely crashed into another race car last June at the I-80 Speedway in Cass County. The judge also set a specific term of probation that says even a speeding ticket could result in a probation violation.

WOWT Chanel 6 reported on the incident last June: “…at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, there was a terrible crash between two cars. However, it was on purpose.

“The night turned tragic, when the number 77 car of Cory Dumpert (from York, Nebraska) came speeding off track and through the pits on the infield. Dumpert slammed his car into the driver's door of Chad Sanders, which caused his car to barrel into the pits. Sanders received minor injuries.

“Dumpert was suspended from racing by NASCAR for the rest of the year. In addition, I-80 Speedway fined him $500 and gave him a one-year suspension.”

Criminal charges were also filed and the 21-year-old Dumpert was before Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier this week. The Cassgram reports he was sentenced on third degree assault and criminal mischief convictions. Rehmeier advised he had viewed the digital video recording of the incident when considering the sentence.

Dumpert’s attorney, Julie Bear of Plattsmouth, said her client knows he should have handled things differently but said the video recording did not show everything that had happened before, which, if it did, would show that Sanders “fueled the fire.” She assured the court, “This is not something that is going to repeat itself.”

Dumpert, who was tearful at times during the hearing, said he has talked with Sanders and worked things out with him. Chief Deputy Cass County Attorney Colin Palm said Sanders was aware that probation was to be the recommendation and had no problem with that.

In handing down the 18-month probation sentence, Rehmeier gazed through two pages of mostly driving infractions on Dumpert’s record and termed it a “terrible driving record.” The judge said he didn’t know how Dumpert could still have a drivers license with that many violations, “I guess they must have been spread far enough apart.”

The probation includes the specific term of “no moving violations.” A driving infraction could result in some jail time, said Rehmeier.

Dumpert was also ordered to do 50 hours of community service and attend classes that address his aggressive driving problem.

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