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April 19th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Competes in Corn Belt Clash Action
1Rodney Sanders returned to the cockpit of his Super Late Model over the weekend with a pair of events co-sanctioned by the Corn Belt Clash (CBC) Late Model Series, and the MARS DIRTcar Series.

On Friday night a talented field of thirty-six entries registered for the $3,000-to-win event at Davenport Speedway (Davenport, Iowa). Rodney found himself behind the eight ball early, as he started deep in his heat race and only advanced to a seventh place finish, forcing him to run a b-main. He would fail to reach a transfer position in the b-main as his night came to an early end.

1Saturday evening found the team at 34 Raceway (Burlington, Iowa) for the annual Slocum 50 that boosted an impressive $10,555 prize for competitors. A stout field of forty-six entries were on hand for the event as Rodney looked to improve on a disappoint finish a night ago. He would go on to finish second in his heat race to lock into the ninth starting spot for the finale. He battled amongst the top ten early before settling to an eleventh place finish at the checkered flag.

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.CornBeltClash.com or www.MARSRacingSeries.com


April 12th, 2014 - Sanders Uses Late Caution Advantage for Lakeside Victory!
1Rodney continued his dominate streak in 2014 with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas). (John Lee Photo)

A talented field of 32 Open Wheel Modifieds converged on the 3/8 mile semi-banked oval. Rodney started his night off with an eighth to fourth run in the heat race, locking him into the eleventh starting spot for the $2,000-to-win finale. Sanders charged from his sixth row starting spot to second with 26 laps complete of the 30 lap event complete. Early leader Stormy Scott had built a comfortable lead over the field before the caution waved on lap 26, stacking the field up for a shootout to the end. On the restart, Rodney motored by Scott on the outside and held on through one more caution period to score the victory over Scott, Zack Vanderbeek, Dereck Ramirez, and Jake Gallardo.

Saturday found Sanders competiting at the Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) in another $2,000-to-win event that drew a field of thirty-five entries to the oval. After finishing second in his heat race, Rodney locked into the tenth starting spot for the 30 lap finale. During the course of the feature Sanders advanced to a solid eighth place finish in the final rundown.

Full results are available at www.USMTS.com


April 6th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Scores First Career Super Late Model Win!
Looking to capitalize on last weekend's performance, Rodney Sanders took his #20 Super Late Model into battle over the weekend in a pair of events at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska) sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) and the Corn Belt Clash (CBC) Late Model Series. (Fasttrack Photos)

A talented field of 43 competitors were registered for battle in the $3,000-to-win event on Saturday night, and Sanders would find himself battling an ill handling race car throughout the night. After starting on the pole of his heat race Rodney slipped to a fourth place finish, leaving him to run a b-main. Sanders drove to a fourth place finish in the b-main, locking him into the 24th starting spot for the 35 lap finale. In the feature, Rodney continued to battle the handle on his #20 machine to a disappointing 30th place finish in the final rundown.

Sunday evening's festivities saw the winner's check increased to a $2,000 payday. After making several changes from the previous night, Sanders rocketed from his eighth starting spot in the heat race to a second place finish, positioning him on the pole for the main event. Saturday night's winner, Terry Phillips took to the lead at the drop of the green flag in the feature with Sanders in tow. As the duo worked through lap traffic, Phillips left the low side open exiting turn two allowing Sanders the opportunity he needed to grab the top spot. Rodney never looked back from that point, scoring his first-ever Super Late Model victory over Brian Birkhofer, Chad Simpson, Terry Phillips, and Brad Looney.

Complete results from the weekend can be found at www.MLRARacing.com


March 29th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Wins King of America IV at Humboldt!
1Rodney Sanders traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for the King of America IV, which posted a $10,000 top prize in the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) and United States Racing Association (USRA) co-sanctioned event. (Lloyd Collins Photo)

Ninety-three of the top competitors in the nation converged on the facility for the three day affair, which included double heat races on Thursday and Friday evening as drivers accumulated points toward Saturday night's finale. On Thursday evening Sanders finished fourth in the first heat before charging from his eighth starting spot to a second place finish in the second heat. Rodney went on to finish eighth in the sixteen lap preliminary A-Main.

1On Friday evening Sanders rocketed from his eleventh starting spot to finish second in the first rounds of heat races before scoring the win in the second heat race after starting second. Rodney claimed a convincing victory in the sixteen lap preliminary feature and the $1,000 payday. As a result of his performance in the two nights of preliminary action, Sanders scored at the top of the point’s chart which earned him the pole position for Saturday night's 100 lap finale. (Mike Spivey Photo)

When action got underway on Saturday night, Sanders led the first lap of the main event before outside front row starter Jordan Grabouski claimed the lead entering the first turn on the next circuit. After the first caution waved on lap sixteen, Derek Ramirez moved past Sander briefly for second before Sanders reclaimed the spot two laps later. Sixth starting Brandon Davis took the runner-up spot from Sanders following a lap 34 restart but Sanders would once again assume the position on lap 64.

By this time Grabouski was working heavy lap traffic, allowing Sanders to pull up to his rear bumper. With the racing surface beginning to show signs of rubber, passing grew increasingly difficult. Lapped traffic played havoc with Grabouski again on lap 84 and allowed Sanders to slip underneath but he was unable to complete the pass. With Sanders shadowing Grabouski's every move but unable to find a way around, the duo approached a swarm of lap traffic with just seven laps remaining. In a drag race down the back-stretch, Grabouski pulled to the outside to put a lap on Chris Brown while Sanders went to the inside. Entering the corner Sanders and Brown bumped which sent Brown's ride veering into the side of Grabouski, leaving the two sitting idle in the turn three.

With Sanders setting the pace for the restart and making no mistakes over the last seven laps, the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas cruised to his first USMTS victory of the season and fourth thus far in 2014 over Brandon Davis, Daniel Hilsabeck, Stormy Scott, and Zack Vanderbeek.

Full results from the weekend are available at www.USMTS.com


March 22nd, 2014 - Sanders Strong in USMTS Tripleheader Weekend
Rodney opened a tripleheader weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Open Wheel Modifieds. The weekend got underway on Thursday night with a $2,000-to-win event a Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas).

Fifty-one entries were registered for battle, and Sanders locked into the seventh starting spot for the main event after he won his preliminary heat race. In the 40 lap feature, Rodney drove by fourth other competitors in his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified en route to a solid third place finish behind race winner Johnny Scott and Cody Smith.

Friday night found the USMTS tour making their debut appearance at Timberline Speedway (Corley, Texas) as another $2,000-to-win affair was contested. Fifty competitors were registered for battle, and a seventh to third run in heat race action earn Rodney the ninth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. Sanders raced around the top ten for much of the event, and recorded a ninth place finish at the checkered flag.

The busy three day stretch with the USMTS competitors drew to a close on Saturday evening at Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana). Forty-eight competitors converged on the speed plant in pursuit of the $2,000 prize, and Rodney would use a win in b-main action to earn a spot into the main event. In the feature he started thirteenth on the grid for the finale before advancing ten spots to a third place finish behind race winner Chris Henigan and Chris Brown. Stormy Scott and Dereck Ramirez completed the top five.

Complete results are available at www.usmts.com


March 14th, 2014 - Sanders Returns to Action with USMTS at Humboldt
After a very busy weekend last weekend, Rodney traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds for the 9th Annual Spring Fling. An impressive field of fifty-two competitors registered for Friday night's opener, and an eighth to second run in his preliminary heat race earned Sanders a fifth starting spot in the $2,000-to-win main event.

In the 40 lap feature, Rodney was running third when he capitalized on Jake Gallardo's misfortune to take over second after he clipped an infield tire with eleven laps to go. In the closing laps of the caution-free event, Sanders was able to reel in race leader Hunter Rasdon but was never able to make a bid for the lead and would settle for a second place finish behind Rasdon at the checkered flag. Jeremy Payne, Terry Phillips, and Jake Gallardo completed the top five.

Saturday's program at Humboldt Speedway as well as the event scheduled for Sunday, March 16th at West Siloam Speedway were both canceled due to rain/cold conditions.

For more information, visit www.usmts.com


March 8th, 2014 - Busy Weekend for Sanders at Texas Motor Speedway
It was a very busy weekend for Rodney Sanders as he traveled to Texas Motor Speedway (Justin, Texas) for the annual Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship, and competed in all three divisions of Limited Modified, Modified, and Super Late Models. Despite pulling a rare triple duty assignment, it was a very successful weekend for Rodney claiming a win and a pair of top five's across the three competing divisions.

In the Limited Modified division, an impressive 111 entries were on hand to chase the $2,000 payday. Rodney drew the fifth starting spot for his preliminary heat race on Friday night and went on to win it, earning him the seventh starting spot for the A-Main Qualifier. A seventh to fourth in the preliminary feature earned Sanders the outside pole for Saturday night's finale. The defending USMTS Champion and Open Wheel Modified standout dominated the 30 lap feature, using the high line to take the lead on lap three and never looking back from there. Steve Whiteaker Jr. finished second followed by John Whittington, Dough Esterling, and Travis Johnson.

“I felt like if I didn’t mess up and I hit my mark every time, we’d be in pretty good shape,” Sanders said. “I didn’t really know, but I was looking at the board and I knew (Steve) Whiteaker Jr. and (John) Whittington were both good runners. I didn’t know for sure where they were at and if I had a good lead or not so I was just trying to go as good as I could.”

A stacked field of sixty-six Open Wheel Modified competitors were in the pit area, and Rodney started the weekend by advancing from the seventh starting spot to a second place run in his heat race, which positioned him fourth spot for the A-Main Qualifier. Sanders recorded a fourth place finish in Friday night's preliminary feature which locked him into the second spot for Saturday's $3,000-to-win finale. When action ratcheted up on Saturday, Rodney battle the top five for much of the event before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner Cade Dillard and Jason Hughes. John Whittington and Chris Brown completed the remainder of the top five.

In a last minute decision, Rodney piloted future father-in-law Jason Krohn's #7k Krohn Farms/MB Customs/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model during the SUPR Late Model Series program on Saturday. After drawing this sixth starting spot for his heat race and advancing to third, Rodney was locked into the eighth spot for the $3,500-to-win main event. During the course of the 40 lap feature, Sanders drove to a solid fifth place finish behind race winner Morgan Bagley, Chris Brown, Ryan Gustin, and Jon Mitchell.

Full results from all three divisions is available at www.texasmotorspeedway.com


March 1st, 2014 - Sanders Travels to Southern New Mexico for Winter Meltdown
Rodney Sanders took his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified into battle at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds.

Forty-five entries registered for battle in the $2,000-to-win race. A fifth to second run in heat race action sent Sanders to the redraw for the feature, where he received the sixth starting spot. During the course of the 35 lap main event, Rodney dropped three spots to a ninth place finish.

On Friday evening, action continued from Southern New Mexico Speedway with Round #2 of the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown. The 3,000-to-win event drew another forty-five competitors and Rodney was locked into the eighth starting spot for the main event via his heat race win. Sanders advanced from his fourth row starting spot to record a solid third place finish in the 40 lap feature behind race winner Johnny Scott and Dereck Ramirez. Dylan Smith and Jordan Grabouski complete the top five.

Forty-two drivers registered for the $4,000-to-win Winter Meltdown finale on Saturday night. Rodney failed to make the transfer into the main event via heat race action, but a fourth place finish in the b-main locked him into the 20th starting spot for the feature. Sanders rocketed by 14 other competitors during the 50 lap feature to a sixth place finish, earning him the Hard Charger of the Race award.

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.usmts.com


February 22nd, 2014 - Sanders Competes in Inaugural Icebreaker at El Paso
The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) returned to action on Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas. Thirty-four competitors registered for the $2,000-to-win opening night.

In preliminary race action, Rodney started eighth in his qualifying heat race and finished third locking him into the pole position for the main event after the redraw. Sanders took the lead at the drop of the green flag and pulled away during the first half of the race until the caution flag flew on lap 13. On the restart, fourth place starter Johnny Scott was using the high side to his advantage and had worked his way up to second, closing on Sanders. Another caution just five laps later gave Scott the chance he needed to inch by Sanders on the next restart. Scott would lead the remaining laps to claim the win while Sanders settled for second. Stormy Scott, Terry Phillips and Fito Gallardo rounded out the top five.

The weekend came to a close on Saturday night, and thirty-three entries were registered to chase the $3,000 top prize. Rodney failed to make the transfer into the main event via heat race action but, winning the b-main locked him into a 14th place starting spot for the 40 lap feature event. As the main event went green Sanders began racing his way forward through the pack, driving by ten other competitors on his way to a fourth place finish behind race winner Stormy Scott, Jake Gallardo and Fito Gallardo, while Johnny Scott completed the top five.

Full results are available at www.usmts.com


February 15th, 2014 - Sanders Scores Top Five in Texas Spring Nationals Opener
The 5th Annual Texas Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas got underway on Thursday evening. Rodney recovered from a tough start to the night for a solid top five finish in the #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified.

Rodney started sixth and finished sixth in his qualifying heat race which would put him starting tenth in his last chance B-Main. Sanders charged his way to the front to finish third, locking him into the 30 lap feature event. During the course of the feature event, Rodney drove by 14 other competitors for a strong fourth place finish.

Round #2 of the 5th Annual Texas Spring Nationals went on Friday night. Rodney won his qualifying heat race after starting outside the front row, earning him an eighth place starting spot in the $3,000-to-win feature. During the course of the 40 lap feature Sanders drove by six competitors on his way to a second place finish behind only race winner Chris Brown. Dereck Ramirez, Jeremy Payne, and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top five finishers.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night with a $4,000-to-win finale. Rodney started seventh in his preliminary heat and raced his way up to third, enough to lock him into a 12th place starting spot for the feature event. Sanders roared his way toward the front during the course of the 50 lapper before crossing the finish line in sixth.

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.usmts.com


February 9th, 2014 - Sanders Opens 2014 USMTS Season with Solid Run
The 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals kicked off the 2014 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) season at South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday.

Round #1 drew 37 entries for the $3,000-to-win feature event. Rodney finished third in his heat after starting seventh, locking him into a tenth place starting spot for the main event. Sanders advanced seven positions during the course of the feature to bring home a solid third place finish behind only race winner Jason Krohn and second running Steve Whiteaker Jr while Stormy Scott and Cade Dillard rounded out the top five.

The USMTS season opening weekend came to a close on Sunday evening with Round #2 of the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals; 35 entries signed in for the $4,000-to-win event. Rodney started third in his qualifying heat race and won it, which earned him a sixth place starting spot in the 40 lap feature. During the feature, Sanders was the casualty of a multi-car incident on lap two, but was able to rejoin the race at the tail of the field. Over the course of the next 38 laps, Rodney worked his way back toward the front before crossing the finish line in the eighth position when the checkered flag flew.

Complete results are available at www.usmts.com


February 2nd, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Honored as 2013 USMTS Champion
1On Friday evening Rodney Sanders was officially honored as the 2013 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Champion at the tour's annual banquet, which was held at Harrah's Casino and Hotel (North Kansas City, Kansas). (Lloyd Collins Photo) - Story Courtesy of USMTS.com

After 36 regional events comprising the USMTS Casey's Cup Series, 28 drivers came into the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's National Championship with a shot at becoming the champ.

Entering the final points race in the 17-race grind, three competitors remained in contention and when the checkered flag waved for the last time the last man standing was Sanders.

Sanders entered the final feature to determine the title sitting third in points. He finished second in the race behind two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin, but it was enough to secure the championship over Johnny Scott and Jason Hughes.

'The Rocket' was a model of consistency during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup and throughout the entire season too.

Of the 48 times he rolled onto the track in a USMTS contest, he cashed a top-five paycheck 34 times.

During 'The Hunt,' he finished outside the top 10 just once and was a top-five finisher in 13 events en route to claiming the championship.

"I have to give all the credit to my team and our sponsors," said Sanders, who turned 24 years old just two weeks after clinching the crown. "There is just no way we could possibly have the success that we've had without my car owner, Brandon Davis, Swan Energy and the support that my family and fans give me."

Sanders' first USMTS national championship was worth $15,000 and is the first for chassis builder MB Customs and engine builder Geddes Racing Engines, and the first for a driver from the Lone Star State in the 15-year history of the USMTS.

A full banquet recap is available at www.USMTS.com.


January 25th, 2014 - Sanders Wins Second Event of 2014
1The inaugural Battle at the Border opened on Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) as 18 entries entered the Championship Dirt Motorsports (CDM) event at the 3/8 mile oval. Heat race action found Sanders racing from the 6th starting spot to a 3rd place finish, which positioned him starting on the front row alongside pole sitter, Jimmy Ray. (Jim Rosas Photo)

Sanders had high hopes for the feature, but an ill-handling car forced him to retire from the event just past the halfway point.

Rodney would get sweet redemption on Saturday night as he would score his second win of the 2014 season. He started his night by charging from the 6th starting spot to claim his heat race win, which locked him into the pole position on the 18 car grid for the 20 lap feature. As the main event went green Sanders grabbed the lead and despite several challenges from Fito Gallardo and Jacob Gallardo he would lead every lap to register the $1,000 win. He was followed across the finish line by Fito Gallardo, Jacob Gallardo, Royal Jones, and Christy Georges.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday night with a final $1,000-to-win event. Rodney's night started with him charging to the win in his heat race to lock into the 3rd starting spot for the feature. In the opening laps of the feature he jumped to the lead and paced the field for the first ten laps before Jacob Gallardo slipped past for the lead. Sanders would go on to finish in the 2nd position.

Full results from the event are available at www.ChampionshipDirtMotorsports.com.


January 19th, 2014 - Winter Extreme Continues for Rodney Sanders
1 The 2nd Annual Winter Extreme was back underway on Friday night at Tucson International Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) with a $1,000-to-win, Championship Dirt Motorsports (CDM) Open Wheel Modified event.

A strong field of 40 entries were on hand for the program, and Sanders would unfortunately see his night start in the same fashion as it did on Wednesday night as a turn one melee in his heat race collected him. The ensuing damage forced Rodney pitside, and as a result he started on the tail of a b-main. He charged from the back of the b-main to a 2nd place finish, which locked him into the 22nd starting spot for the feature. Just like he did during Wednesday's finale Sanders mounted a great charge in the feature as he advanced to a 7th place finish.

It was back to business on Saturday night with another $1,000-to-win program at Tucson International Raceway (Tucson, Arizona). With 40 entries again on hand Sanders advanced to a 3rd place finish in his heat race to lock into the 12th spot. He battled the handle throughout the feature before managing to record a 7th place finish for the second straight night.

After a long and frustrating miniseries Rodney Sanders was finally able to race his way into victory lane in the finale on Sunday evening. With 35 entries on hand Sanders started his night by racing to a convincing win in his heat race to lock into the pole position for the feature. As the race went green Sanders snagged the lead and despite a late-race challenge from Cody Skitland, he went on to lead every lap to register his first win of the 2014 season!

Full results are available at www.TucsonInternationalRaceway.com.


January 15th, 2014 - Winter Extreme Continues for Rodney Sanders
1 Rodney Sanders opened his 2014 season in his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified on Saturday night at Tucson International Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) in the opening round of the 2nd Annual Winter Extreme.

A field of 38 Open Wheel Modifieds took part in the event, and heat race action found Sanders charging from his 5th starting spot to claim the win, which locked him into the 6th starting spot for the feature. In the main event Sanders advanced to a 3rd place finish behind race winner, Stormy Scott, and Jacob Gallardo.

Sunday evening found 37 competitors returning for battle, and Rodney rocketed from the pole of his heat race to score the victory, which locked him into the 5th starting spot for the 20 lap finale. Early in the race he advanced to as high the 3rd position before a mechanical failure forced him to retire from the event.

Action resumed on Wednesday night with another $1,000-to-win event that drew a field of 32 entries to the 3/8 mile oval. After drawing a big number at the pill draw Rodney started at the tail of his heat race. His night got off to a rough start when he was collected in a wreck in the first corner of his heat race. As a result he was relegated to starting on the tail of the b-main. Despite starting last in the b-main he charged through the pack to score the win to earn the 19th starting spot for the twenty lap finale. The feature found Sanders mounting a great charge in the feature as he advanced fourteen spots on his way to a 5th place finish.

Full results are available at www.TucsonInternationalRaceway.com.


January 15th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Opens 2014 Season in Tucson
1 Rodney Sanders opened his 2014 season in his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified on Saturday night at Tucson International Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) in the opening round of the 2nd Annual Winter Extreme.

A field of 38 Open Wheel Modifieds took part in the event, and heat race action found Sanders charging from his 5th starting spot to claim the win, which locked him into the 6th starting spot for the feature. In the main event Sanders advanced to a 3rd place finish behind race winner, Stormy Scott, and Jacob Gallardo.

Sunday evening found 37 competitors returning for battle, and Rodney rocketed from the pole of his heat race to score the victory, which locked him into the 5th starting spot for the 20 lap finale. Early in the race he advanced to as high the 3rd position before a mechanical failure forced him to retire from the event.

Action resumed on Wednesday night with another $1,000-to-win event that drew a field of 32 entries to the 3/8 mile oval. After drawing a big number at the pill draw Rodney started at the tail of his heat race. His night got off to a rough start when he was collected in a wreck in the first corner of his heat race. As a result he was relegated to starting on the tail of the b-main. Despite starting last in the b-main he charged through the pack to score the win to earn the 19th starting spot for the twenty lap finale. The feature found Sanders mounting a great charge in the feature as he advanced fourteen spots on his way to a 5th place finish.

Full results are available at www.TucsonInternationalRaceway.com.

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