|December 8th, 2014 - USMTS National Champion Die Cast Now Available!
|The 2014 Rodney Sanders, United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) National Champion die casts are now available! A limited quantitiy of 1/24 and 1/64 scale are available. Christmas orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 16th to guarantee delivery, so head over to the Apparel page to purchase your die cast today with our easy online ordering!
|November 22nd, 2014 - Sanders Has Strong Showing in Inaugural Turkey Hunt
|Another busy weekend for Rodney Sanders found the team pitted at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) for the Inaugural Turkey Hunt at the 3/8 mile oval. Rodney pulled double duty, competing in both the Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified ranks. Jim Rosas Photography
Twenty-two Super Late Models filled the pit area for the opening round on Friday night, which boosted a $2,500 top prize for competitors. Sanders won his preliminary heat race to lock into the outside-front-row for the 25 lap feature. When the race went green, Rodney assumed the point from pole sitter, Mercedes Abercrombie exiting turn four on the first lap. Sanders showed the way for much of the race, fending off a hard charging Billy Moyer Jr. in the process. However, his efforts would only pay off until the final restart with just three laps remaining when Moyer Jr. used the high to take control off turn two. Moyer Jr. led the final circuits to score the win while Sanders settled in second. Don Shaw, R.C. Whitwell and Jason Krohn rounded out the top five finishers.
In the Open Wheel Modified main event, Sanders charged front his fourth starting spot to claim his 37th victory of the season aboard his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified. Rodney picked up $1,000 for his efforts, and was followed across the finish line by Dave Mass, Fito Gallardo, Jake Gallardo and Royal Jones.
On Saturday night the winner's check increased to $3,000 for Super Late Models, and a heat race win positioned Rodney starting fourth in the 30 lap finale. Throughout the duration of the main event, Sanders hunted race-leader Billy Moyer Jr. but ultimately settled to a second place finish behind Moyer Jr. at the checkered flag. Completing the top five finishers were Jason Krohn, Don Shaw and Garrett Alberson.
The Open Wheel Modified division once again posted a $1,000 top prize, and Sanders used a second place finish in his heat race to lock into the fourth starting spot for the feature. Rodney battled amongst the top five during the course of the main event before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner, Fito Gallardo and Jake Gallardo. Philip Houston and Dave Mass completed the top five.
Complete results from the event can be found at www.EPSpeedwayPark.com
|November 8th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Rockets to Victory Lane on Friday Night
|What is likely to be his final event of the 2014 campaign, Rodney Sanders entered the opening round of the 8th Annual Winter Nationals on Thursday night at Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana).
The $2,000-to-win program, which was sanctioned by the United State Modified Touring Series (USMTS) drew a stout field of sixty-six Open Wheel Modified warriors to the 1/4 mile oval. Sanders mounted an impressive charge from his eleventh starting spot to finish fourth in his heat race, securing him the ninth starting position on the feature grid. Unfortunately, just beyond the halfway point in the 30 lapper Rodney suffered a broken driveshaft, ending his night with a disappointing 21st place finish.
Round #2 of the 8th Annual Winter Nationals saw Sanders enjoy a much better outing following mechanical issues the night before. Friday night's program boosted a $3,000 top prize, and Rodney would storm from deep in the field to claim his 27th USMTS victory of the season. Scott Burson Photo
In preliminary action Sanders advanced from ninth to finish fourth in his heat race, which send him to a b-main. In the b-main Rodney recorded a second place finish, earning him the sixteenth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. "The Rocket" used the high side to make his way to the front, and was up to seventh at the halfway point.
Still sitting sixth with 11 laps to go, Sanders discovered a new line through the middle of the track and began to narrow the gap between himself and the leaders. He used the bottom groove to make his move on race-long leader, Chris Brown on lap 36.
The duo fought hard for the final five laps but it was Sanders who picked up his first career victory at the 3/8 mile oval while Brown settled for second place. Kelly Shryock, Chris Henigan and Steve Whiteaker Jr. rounded out the top five finishers.
The $4,000-to-win 8th Annual Winter Nationals finale was contested on Saturday night, and seventy Open Wheel Modifieds were registered for battle. Preliminary action saw Sanders claiming a heat race win to earn a spot in the redraw, where he received the sixth starting position on the feature grid.
Sanders wasted no time getting to the front, taking the advantage from early leader, David Winslett on lap thirteen. Kelly Shryock followed in second one circuit later and began hounding Sanders for the top spot. Shryock pulled along Sanders on several occasions before making the winning pass in turn two on lap sixteen. Shryock led the remaining laps while Sanders settled in second. Cade Dillard, Stormy Scott and Winslett would round out the top five finishers. Ron Skinner Photo
Full results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com
|November 1st, 2014 - Sanders Finds Victory Lane on Night #2 of Halloween Havoc
|The 2014 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) National Champion returned to action with the tour over the weekend, competing in the Inaugural Halloween Havoc at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma).
Thursday night's, $2,000-to-win opening event drew a solid field of thirty-six entries to the 3/8 mile oval, and in preliminary action Rodney advanced from the fifth starting to finish third in his heat race, which locked him into the elventh starting spot for the 30 lap feature. Sanders went on to finish second in the main event behind race winner, Stormy Scott. Completing the top five were Cade Dillard, Kelly Shryock and Jeremy Payne.
Friday evening saw the winner's check increased to $3,000, with thirty-seven entries registered for battle. Rodney charged to a convincing heat race win, which sent him to the redraw where he was the recipient of the second starting position for the 40 lap main event.
When the race went green, Sanders out-dueled polesitter Kelly Shryock to lead the first lap. After holding a comfortable lead over Shryock for most of the race, with five laps remaining Sanders used a slide job to get around the lapped car of Clyde Dunn Jr. and secure the victory. Debra Hix Photo
“It locked down around the top a little past halfway there, and I was just following Clyde around where it was fast,” Sanders said after the race. “I figured if I had any kind of lead I probably lost it while I was following so I knew I had to do something.”
Sanders held Shryock at bay over the final laps to cross the finish line with a half-second advantage over the nine-time USMTS National Champion. Following the lead duo to the checkered flag were Grant Junghans, Jeremy Payne and Jason Hughes.
The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night, as a stout field of forty-five Open Wheel Modifieds registered to chase the $4,000 top prize. Heat race action saw Rodney only managing a fourth place finish, which forced him to run a b-main. He advanced from the third starting spot to win the b-main, locking him into the fourteenth starting spot on the feature grid. During the course of the 50 lap finale, Sanders rocketed past seventh other competitors to record a seventh place finish in the final rundown.
Full results from the weekend are available at www.USMTS.com
|October 25th, 2014 - Sanders Enjoys a Trio of Top Fives in Sooner Showdown
|Rodney Sanders found himself competing in the opening round of another end-of-the-year special on Thursday night as he competed in the first night of the preliminary action in the Sooner Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma).
Thirty-eight entries took to the lightning fast oval, and a fourth place finish in his heat race would lock Rodney into the $2,000-to-win, preliminary feature. He went on to a second place finish behind race winner, Jason Hughes. Brian Williams, Austin Siebert and Tad Davis rounded out the top five finishers.
Friday evening saw another $2,000-to-win winner's check on the line, and Rodney would have to race his way through a b-main to earn a starting spot in the evening’s main event. He would register a second place finish in the first b-main before rocketing to a second place finish in the feature behind race winner, Thomas Tillison. Tyler Wolff, Jeremy Rasmussen and Joe Duvall rounded out the top five finishers.
The $2,500-to-win finale was contested on Saturday night, and Sanders used a second place finish in his heat race to lock into the main event. He battled amongst the top five throughout the feature before ultimately recording a third place finish behind race winner, Jason Hughes and Terry Phillips. Jeremy Rasmussen and Joe Duvall rounded out the top five finishers.
Complete results from the event are available at www.SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com
|October 18th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Competes in USRA Fall Nationals
|Rodney made the trip to Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) over the weekend for the $10,000-to-win, 15th Annual USRA Fall Nationals at the speed plant.
Action opened with a preliminary program on Thursday night as forty-two entries looked to lock into Saturday's finale. Sanders fell one spot short of locking into the preliminary feature via heat race action, sending him to a b-main. He charged from the fourth starting spot to win his b-main, earning him the fourteenth starting spot for the feature. Rodney suffered his share of misfortune during the 30 lap, preliminary feature which ultimately resulted in a 23rd place finish.
Friday evening's preliminary events started slow for Sanders as heat race difficulties once again relegated him to a b-main. He would advance to a second place finish in his b-main, which positioned him starting sixteenth on the grid for the feature. During the course of the feature he mounted a great charge through the field to record a fourth place finish behind race winner, Jake Gallardo, Fito Gallardo and Terry Phillips. His performance locking him into the eighth starting spot for Saturday night's finale.
Prior to the start of the race on Saturday, both of the front row starters were offered the opportunity to start at the rear of the field for a shot at $25,000-to-win. When both drivers declined, the offer was given to Sanders who accepted the challenge. He was able to claw his way past seventeen competitors from his 27th starting spot en route to what would ultimately end as a tenth place finish.
With lightning dancing in the sky, radar showing a strong storm system hovering over the area and no less than a two-hour chore to get the track race-ready again, the call was made to make the race official after 34 of 50 laps.
Complete results from the weekend are available at www.USRARacing.com
|October 11th, 2014 - Sanders Snares Open Wheel Nationals Victory at Red River
|Rodney Sanders took his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified into battle over the weekend in the annual Open Wheel Nationals at Red River Speedway (Wichita Falls, Texas).
What was scheduled to be a two-day event was condensed to a one-day, $3,000-to-win program after Friday night's festivities were washed away by Mother Nature.
Thirty-nine USRA Open Wheel Modifieds filled the pit area on Saturday evening, and Rodney started his outing by charging from fifth to win his heat race. In the feature event, Sanders bolted to the race lead from his outside-front-row starting spot, and led wire-to-wire to claim the $3,000 payday. (Dirt Track Photography)
Complete results from the racing program can be found at www.RRSpeedway.com
|October 4th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Claims Inaugural USRA Nationals Victory
|Rodney Sanders continued his record setting 2014 season over the weekend as he entered the inaugural United States Racing Association (USRA) National Championships at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas). (Buck Monson Photo)
Sanders went into battle against a strong field of forty-five entries on Friday night but unfortunately, struggles in heat race action forced him to run a b-main. Rodney charged from twelfth in his b-main to claim the win, earning him the seventeenth starting spot in the 20 lap preliminary feature. Despite starting near the back of the pack, Sanders advanced to a sixth place finish behind race winner, Nic Bidinger, Terry Phillips, Jeremy Payne, Jake Gallardo and Darron Fuqua.
Via his preliminary night performance Rodney started twelfth in Saturday night's $5,000-to-win finale. When the race went green, Sanders methodically worked his way forward in the 40 lapper and eventually slipped past race-long leader Jesse Sobbing with fifteen laps remaining. Sobbing settled into the runner-up spot while Terry Phillips, Nic Bidinger and Jeremy Payne completed the top five.
Complete results from the weekend are available at www.USRARacing.com
|September 27th, 2014 - Sanders Tackles Knoxville Late Model Nationals
|Rodney Sanders the trip to the famed Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa) over the weekend for the 11th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals at the 1/2 mile oval.
Seventy-nine Super Late Models entered the program, and via time trials Sanders earned the pole position for his heat race. As the race went green he battled at the front of the pack early on before slipping to a seventh place finish, which sent him to the C-Main. In the C-Main Rodney raced to a ninth place finish, but only the top four finishers moved on, bringing his night to an early end.
Another $7,000-to-win, preliminary program was held on Friday night at Knoxville Raceway as the team looked for better luck. With seventy-four entries in the pits Rodney earned the fifth starting spot for his heat race via qualifications. He charged to the win in his heat race, locking him into the outside-front-row for the 25 lap, preliminary feature. When the race went green, Sanders outdueled pole sitter, Shannon Babb to lead lap one. Sanders sprinted out to a comfortable lead at the start of the caution-free affair. Bouncing off the cushion in turn four a few times allowed Brian Birkhofer to close rapidly on Sanders, and making the pass for the lead with 11 laps remaining. Throughout the remainder of the event, Rodney settled to a fifth place finish behind race winner, Birkhofer, Billy Moyer, Steve Francis and Brandon Sheppard.
Via his performances on the preliminary nights Rodney locked into the eleventh starting spot on the grid for the 100 lap, $40,000-to-win finale. Unfortunately, Rodney was an early retiree from the main event as mechanical issues brought his first Knoxville Late Model Nationals start to a disappointing end on lap 23. He was credited with a 33rd place finish in the final standings.
Full results from the event are available at www.LucasDirt.com
|September 21st, 2014 - Sanders Wins Fall Jamboree Finale; Claims Second UMSTS National Championship
|The final event in the Hunt for the Casey's Cup with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) began on Thursday night with the opening round of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). Rodney Sanders not only raced to his 25th USMTS victory of the season, but clinched his second consecutive USMTS National Championship!
The mega-event opened on Thursday evening with a stout field of ninety-two entries registering for $5,000-to-win event. Sanders entered the event with a comfortable lead atop the points chart. A fifth to second run in his heat race resulted in Rodney going to the redraw, where received the sixth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. In the main event Sanders had made his way into second by lap 15, chasing down early leader, Zack VanderBeek. After trailing VanderBeek for the next ten laps, Sanders took control and went on to score the win over VanderBeek, Jason Krohn, Nate Wasmund, and Jeremy Payne.
Rodney drew the thirteenth starting spot for his heat race on Friday night before advancing to an eighth place finish. As a result he would have to run a b-main, where a seventh to third run earned him the twenty-sixth starting spot on the feature grid. Sanders was battling around mid-pack near the halfway point of the feature when he was involved in two-car tangle that sent him to the pits with a last-place finish.
The weekend was set to come to a close on Saturday however, a day of blue skies and sunshine quickly turned to dark skies, rain and lightning in the early evening and forced the postponement of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree finale until Sunday afternoon.
Sanders started the day with an impressive charge from thirteenth to third in heat race action, sending him to the redraw for the 50 lap, $12,000-to-win finale. Starting the three-wide, 30-car main event from the outside-front-row, Sanders took charge on the opening lap and never looked back. Polesitter, Stormy Scott shadowed Sanders for much of the race as the duo sliced through heavy lap traffic but could never make a bid for the top spot. With five laps remaining, the race's third and final caution waved. Terry Phillips used the opportunity to seize the second spot from Scott on the restart, and set his sights on Sanders.
Sanders kept Phillips at bay for the final five laps to add another crown jewel to his growing list of 2014 conquests. Phillips finished a close second followed by Scott, Brandon Davis and Bryan Rowland.
“At the beginning of the year, I never could have imagined having this kind of season,” Sanders said in victory lane. “I’m so lucky to have the sponsors and crew around me that I do to make this all work. None of this happens without them."
Full results from the events and the latest standings are available at www.USMTS.com
|September 13th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Runner-Up at Cedar Lake
|Rodney Sanders enjoyed another off-weekend from the USMTS ranks as he traveled to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) over the weekend with his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified to compete in the annual Legendary 100.
On Friday evening, preliminary action was held for the $3,000-to-win main event, and Rodney advanced from seventh to finish fourth in his heat race. As a result, he would start ninth in Saturday night's Legendary 100 finale. In the feature, Sanders advanced from his fifth row starting spot to register a runner-up finish behind race winner, Craig Thatcher. Joey Jensen completed the top three finishers.
Full results from the weekend are available at www.CedarLakeSpeedway.com.