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September 18th, 2014 - Sanders Claims Opening Night of Fall Jamboree; Wraps Up 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.

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.


August 31st, 2014 - Sanders Enters Home Stretch in Hunt for the Casey's Cup
The Hunt for the Casey's Cup with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) found Rodney competing at Marshalltown Speedway (Marshalltown, Iowa) on Wednesday night in a $3,000-to-win affair.

Twenty-five entries took part in the program, which saw Sanders finishing third in his heat race to lock into the ninth starting spot for the feature. In the 40 lap main event, Sanders wasted no time in his march to front, slipping by John Allen for the third spot with ten laps scored. The yellow waved on lap 24 and Sanders blasted by both Zack VanderBeek and Cade Dillard on the restart, but another quick caution reset the line-up back to the previous order. Sanders got by VanderBeek on the final restart of the night, and then battled door-to-door with Dillard for the top before using a slider to claim the lead on lap 27. From there Sanders pulled away from the field to score his 24th USMTS victory of the season over Dillard, Brad Dierks, VanderBeek, and Kelly Shryock. (Tyler Rinken Photo)

Thursday night's event at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa), and Friday night at Chateau Speedway (Lansing, Minnesota) both fell victim to Mother Nature.

On Saturday evening Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) played host to the Hunt for the Casey's Cup, and Rodney's night started slow as heat race struggles sent him to a b-main. Sanders raced to a second place finish in his b-main to lock into the sixteenth starting spot for the 35 lap, $3,000-to-win finale. Unfortunately, mechanical issues forced Rodney to retire to a disappointing 22nd place finish in the feature.

A late afternoon downpour just prior to hot laps flooded the Cresco Speedway (Cresco, Iowa) and washed out any chance of racing Sunday night.

Sanders continues to lead the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup point standings. Full results from the events and the latest standings are available at www.USMTS.com


August 24th, 2014 - Sanders Runner-Up in Trio of USMTS "Hunt" Events
Rodney Sanders took his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/ MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified into battle over the weekend in another triple header with Hunt for the Casey's Cup with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS).

Festivities opened on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas), where thirty-two entries registered for competition. Rodney won his heat race from the third starting spot to move onto the redraw for the $3,000-to-win, 35 lap feature. In the redraw he received the pole position, with Jeremy Payne on the outside. Sanders jumped out to a big lead in the first six laps before the race's first caution slowed the pace. Back under green, third starting Terry Phillips drove by Payne for second, and began to chase down Sanders. Three circuits later, Phillips went by Sanders on the outside and won the race to the flagstand to lead lap ten. For the next 25 laps, Sanders remained within striking distance but was never able to make a move. Phillips took the checkered flag ahead of Sanders, while Jeremy Payne, Nic Bidinger, and Jason Krohn rounded out the top five finishers.

Friday evening took the team to the Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) for a $3,000-to-win event. With thirty-two entries in the pit area, Rodney won his heat race, which again sent him to the redraw for the feature. The redraw presented Sanders with the fifth starting spot for the 35 lap feature. Sanders ran second for much of the event, and ultimately crossed the finish line in the runner-up spot behind race winner, Jeremy Payne. Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, and Terry Phillips completed the top five.

The weekend concluded on Sunday evening at Outlaw Motorsports Park (Muskogee, Oklahoma), where thirty-one entries looked to make a bid for the $3,000 top prize. Advancing from his fifth starting spot to win his heat race sent Sanders to another redraw, where he once again received the fifth starting spot. In the 35 lap main event Rodney lurked in the top five throughout the feature before taking the checkered flag in second behind race winner, Stormy Scott. The rest of the top five included Dereck Ramirez, Jonny Bone Jr., and Jeremy Payne.

Sanders' third second-place finish in as many night extended his point lead over Zack VanderBeek. Full results from the events and the current standings are available at www.USMTS.com


August 16th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Dominate in Busy USMTS Weekend
Rodney Sanders embarked on another week of competition with the Hunt for the Casey's Cup on Wednesday night in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Wichita Tank Racing/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified with a trip to Amsoil Speedway (Superior, Wisconsin) for a $3,000-to-win affair.

A heat race win locked Rodney into the redraw for the main event, where he was the recipient of the sixth starting spot. Sanders rallied from his third row starting spot to take the lead from pole sitter, Johnny Scott on lap thirteen.

From there, Sanders motored away, and went unchallenged for the remainder of the 40 lapper to cross the finish line just over three seconds ahead of Scott, and Zack VanderBeek. Jody Bellefeuille and Kelly Estey rounded out the top five finishers.

Thursday night found the team pitted at Red Cedar Speedway (Menomonie, Wisconsin), as the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) made their first ever visit to the 3/8 mile oval. (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

The $3,000-to-win program drew a field of forty-four Open Wheel Modified warriors. Sanders won his preliminary heat race from the fifth starting spot to earn the most passing points among the entrants, only to draw the eighth starting spot for the 40 lap feature.

In the main event, Rodney progressively worked his way to the front and passed his teammate, Jason Krohn, for the lead on lap 24. He led the remaining distance to the checkered flag for his 22nd USMTS victory this season. Krohn held on to second, while Jesse Glenz, Craig Thatcher, and Brent Larson completed the top five.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) was the destination for Rodney Sanders and the Swan Energy team on Friday night. With a stout field of forty-four entries on hand Sanders charged from seventh to third in his heat race before drawing the pole position for the feature with Bob Timm on the outside-front-row.

Sanders fell in line behind Timm at the start of the race, and then backed up to third when Jason Krohn drove by both drivers on lap four. Sanders got around Timm three circuits later and began to challenge Krohn for the lead, eventually taking over the top spot with thirteen laps complete. Timm moved ahead of both drivers again on the next lap, but Sanders fought back and reclaimed the lead with eighteen laps in the books.

From that point, Rodney cruised to his third victory in as many nights over Jesse Glenz, Krohn, Zack VanderBeek, and Tommy Myer.

Rodney ended his ultra-busy weekend with the USMTS on Saturday evening at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota), where thirty entrants looked to do battle for a $3,000 top prize. After advancing from the seventh starting spot to a third place finish in his heat race, Rodney moved onto the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he was the recipient of the third starting spot, behind front starters Clay Wagamon and Jason Krohn.

Krohn took command of the race at the drop of the green flag, with Sanders taking second before one lap was complete. Sanders chased Krohn around the high-banked oval for the next 27 circuits before making the pass for the lead on lap 29. Krohn did not give up easy and regained control on lap 32.

Sixth starting Zack VanderBeek drove by Krohn on lap 34, but caution flag on lap 37 set up a three-lap dash to the finish.

Sanders took second from Krohn on the restart, and chased VanderBeek before ultimately settling in the runner-up spot at the checkered flag. Krohn finished third, while Wagamon was fourth. Stormy Scott completed the top five.

Sanders continues to lead the latest Hunt for the Casey's Cup standings. Full results from the events and the current standings are available at www.USMTS.com


August 9th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Continues The Hunt; Wins at Humboldt!
It was an busy weekend for Rodney Sanders in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Wichita Tank Racing/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified as he resumed the Hunt for the Casey's Cup with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS).

On Thursday evening action opened at 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas) with a $3,000-to-win race that attracted thirty-seven entries to the oval. Rodney finished second in his heat race to move onto the redraw for the feature, where he received the third starting spot. Unfortunately a mechanical failure early in the main event forced Sanders to retire to a disappointing 25th place finish.

Looking for better luck, Humbolt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) was the destination for the team on Friday night. Thirty-three entries registered for battle, and a heat race win positioned Rodney in the redraw for the feature where he received the outside-front-row starting spot alongside Dereck Ramirez. Sanders bolted to the race lead at the drop of green flag, and despite a couple of late-race cautions that kept the field within striking distance, led all 40 laps of the main event en route to the $3,000 payday. Cade Dillard finished second followed by Darron Fuqua, Zack VanderBeek, and Dereck Ramirez rounding out the top five finishers. (Andrew Towne Photo)

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at the state-of-the-art, Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri), as forty-eight entries set their sights on the $3,000 top prize. Rodney charged from ninth to finish second in his heat race before once again receiving the second starting spot for the feature. Sanders led the first seventeen circuits of the 40 lapper until the race's first caution waved, stacking the field back up. On the restart Rodney failed to come up to speed with mechanical issues on his mount. He stopped one lap later to draw the caution and ducked into the work area. The crew thrashed to make repairs, and Sanders was able to rejoin the tail of the field before going back green. Rodney sliced through the pack from the eighteenth position to recover a fifth place finish behind race winner, Terry Phillips, Trevor Hunt, Cade Dillard, and Jeremy Payne.

Sanders continues to lead the latest Hunt for the Casey's Cup standings. Full results from the events and the current standings are available at www.USMTS.com


August 3rd, 2014 - Sanders Opens "The Hunt" with Back-to-Back Victories
Rodney Sanders piloted his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Wichita Tank Racing/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified in the opener for the Hunt for the Casey's Cup on Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas).

Thirty-three entries attacked the 3/8 mile, clay oval, and after finishing fourth in his heat race from the seventh starting Sanders had to run a b-main. Rodney won his b-main to earn the twelfth starting spot for the $3,000-to-win finale. In the 35 lap feature Sanders advanced to a fourth place finish behind race winner Terry Phillips, Jeremy Payne, and Zack VanderBeek.

Sanders returned to his winning ways on Saturday night at the tour invaded Springfield Raceway (Springfield, Missouri).Thirty-eight Open Wheel Modified warriors registered for the $3,000-to-win program, and a heat race win positioned Rodney on the pole for the 35 lap finale with Logan Martin alongside. Sanders took control at the drop of the green flag, and held off a last lap charge from Jeremy Payne to score the victory over Payne, Terry Phillips, Zack VanderBeek, and Cade Dillard. (RacinDirt.com Photo)

Rodney unloaded his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Wichita Tank Racing/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified on Sunday evening at Monett Speedway (Monett, Missouri). Thirty-three entries converged on the oval, and Sanders won his heat race to earn a spot in the redraw where he drew the pole position for the 40 lap feature. Sanders assumed the point over fellow front-row starter Stormy Scott when the race went green, and led all 40 lap for his second victory of the weekend, worth $3,000. Johnny Bone Jr. finished second followed by Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, and Johnny Scott.

Rodney is currently leading the latest Hunt for the Casey's Cup standings. Full results from the events and the current standings are available at www.USMTS.com


July 26th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Crowned King of the World!
Rodney Sanders opened the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship (WMDTC) on Thursday evening at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota).

A talented field of seventy-five Open Wheel Modifieds registered for the event, and a second place finish in his heat race earned Rodney a spot in the redraw for the 30 lap qualifying feature. After receiving the eighth starting spot for the main event, Sanders progressively worked his way forward to take over the top spot with just six laps remaining in the 30 lapper. Sanders held off Brandon Davis and Terry Phillips in the closing laps for the victory. Davis and Phillips finished second and third, while Zack VanderBeek and Jason Hughes rounded out the top five finishers.

After Round #1 of the WMDTC Sanders leads the overall point standings ahead of Phillips, Davis, Hughes, Austin Siebert, and VanderBeek, locking him into third starting spot for Saturday night's $20,000-to-win finale.

When the green flag dropped on Saturday's 100 lapper, Craig Thatcher grabbed the early lead with Brent Larson and Sanders in tow. Larson took the top spot from Thatcher with seven laps complete, but Sanders disposed of Larson three laps later and took control. Larson kept Sanders within striking distance until Brandon Davis claimed the second spot with 30 laps complete. Jason Hughes moved to third on lap 37 before the race's first caution occurred one lap later. (RacinDirt.com Photo)

Back under green Hughes scooted around Davis and set his sights on Sanders. Sanders and Hughes broke away from the pack over the next twenty laps as Terry Phillips moved into third and slowly closed the gap between himself and the lead duo. With the leaders working lapped traffic, the race's second and final yellow flag waved with fourteen laps to go.

Hughes applied pressure to Sanders after the restart, and got underneath him briefly on lap 94, but Sanders soon pulled away and never saw the nose of Hughes' machine again. Sanders rolled into Victory Lane as the winner of the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship, increasing his USMTS win streak to eight. (RacinDirt.com Photo)

Further information concerning the event is available at www.USMTS.com


July 23rd, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Featured in Dirt Cast Sound Off
2013 USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, joined Dirt Cast to talk about his hot streak, winning the last four events, staying humble about the run of success, the upcoming World Modified Dirt Track Championship at Deer Creek Speedway, what the event will offer the fans, the importance of this race, the upcoming Hunt for the Casey's National Championship, his late model results and his expectations for the weekend.

To listen visit: http://www.dirtcast.com/8YAB/sound-off-rodney-sanders-usmts-modifieds-and-world-modified-dirt-track-championship-preview-072314/


July 19th, 2014 - Sanders Sweeps Silver Dollar Nationals for Second Straight Year!
Rodney Sanders won his third straight United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event during the opening round of the Silver Dollar Nationals on Friday night at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska).

Thirty-three entries converged on the high-banked, 1/2 mile oval, and a win in his heat race win sent Sanders to the redraw for the $3,000-to-win feature event, where he received the eighth starting spot. Rodney progressively worked his way forward through the top five early in the event, and by the race's midway point he raced his way into the second spot as he set his sights on the leader, Terry Phillips. The duo battle for the top spot for the next several laps before Sanders took control just past the halfway mark. Once out front Sanders drover away from the field, and crossed the finish line first ahead of Dylan Smith, Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, and Jason Hughes. (Lloyd Collins Photo)

Rodney was far from finished with business on Saturday night as he set his sights on his sixth straight victory with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds. Preliminary action found him starting deep in the grid for a heat race, but managed a fourth place finish to lock into the twelfth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Despite starting mid-pack Sanders had raced his way into the top five by the halfway point and would soon find himself in the second position. Sanders slowly reeled in race leader Terry Phillips, as the two once again went to battle for the top spot. The duo went door-to-door for the next ten laps before Sanders took the lead on lap 37. Rodney held on for the final three circuits to collect the $4,000 pay check over Phillips, Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, and Stormy Scott. (Lloyd Collins Photo)

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

Rodney also competed with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) over the course of the weekend in the $30,000-to-win event. With fifty-four Super Late Models entered Rodney locked into the thirteenth starting spot in the 80 lap finale via heat race action on Friday night. Unfortunately a mechanical failure in Saturday's main event forced Sanders to retire to a 23rd place finish. Full results from the LOLMDS program are available at www.LucasDirt.com


July 16th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Goes Back-to-Back with Caney Valley Victory
Less than 24 hours after winning the feature race at Lakeside Speedway, Rodney Sanders was back in Victory Lane on Wednesday night at Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kansas). Nineteen United States Modified Series (USMTS) competitors registered for the $2,000-to-win program. A third place finish in the first heat race was enough to earn Rodney a spot in the redraw, and for the second straight night he drew the pole position for the main event. Sanders led all forty laps of the finale en route to his second victory in as many nights over Zack VanderBeek, Joe Duvall, John Allen, and Dylan Smith. Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com

July 15th, 2014 - Sanders Scores USMTS Victory at Lakeside; Tenth with LOLMDS
Rodney Sanders resumed action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Tuesday evening at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) in a $3,000-to-win USMTS program. A strong field of thirty-six cars filled the pit area, and a seventh to second run in heat race action earned Sanders a spot in the evenings redraw. Rodney drew the pole position for the 35 lap finale with Darron Fuqua alongside.

In the feature Rodney assumed the point at the drop of the green flag and set out to a comfortable lead during the first half of the event. A couple of late-race cautions allowed Nic Bidinger to show the nose of their cars, with Phillips sliding in front of Sanders to lead the 25th lap. Sanders returned to the top spot on the next circuit and pulled away from the field over the final laps to his twelfth USMTS victory of the season. Phillips settled in second followed by Bidinger, Zack VanderBeek, and Trevor Hunt.

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

Rodney also entered the $10,000-to-win, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) program at Lakeside Speedway on Tuesday night. Thirty-one Super Late Models registered for battle, and a second place finish behind Jared Landers in heat race action positioned Rodney starting eighth on the feature grid. During the course of the 50-lapper Sanders battled amongst the top then throughout the event before settling to a tenth place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the event can be found at www.LucasDirt.com


July 13th, 2014 - Sanders Pulls Double Duty at Deer Creek Speedway
Rodney Sanders traveled to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) over the weekend. Saturday night's program was nixed by rain and moved to Sunday evening. The World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series sanctioned the annual Gopher 50, which posted an $11,000 top prize for Super Late Model competitors. Thirty-one entries filled the pit area at the 3/8 mile oval, and sixth place finish in heat race action position Rodney starting sixteenth in the 50 lap main event. In the feature Sanders battled around mid-pack for the first half of the event before overheating issues brought his night to an end, resulting in an eighteenth place finish. Full results from the event are available at www.WoOLMS.com

In USRA Open Wheel Modified competition Rodney started second in his heat race and won, earning him a spot in the evening's redraw. He received the eleventh starting spot in the 35 lap feature, and ran as high as fourth in the main event before contact with the outside wall on lap twenty. Sanders rebounded to twelfth before ultimately retiring to a sixteenth place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the program are available at www.DeerCreekSpeedway.com


July 5th, 2014 - Sanders Victorious in River City Rumble at Mississippi Thunder
The Fourth of July weekend found Rodney entering a pair of Open Wheel Modified events in Wisconsin and Minnesota in his #20 Swan Energy Open Wheel Modified.

On Friday night the 6th Annual River City Rumble was held at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) as a $3,000 winner's purse was posted for the USRA Open Wheel Modified division. With thirty-two entries in the pits Sanders finished second in his heat race, which positioned him starting fourth on the grid in the finale. In the feature Sanders cleaned the slate with a dominant run to the checkers, netting a total of $3,250 for his efforts. He was followed across the finish line by Bob Timm, Brad Waits, Lucas Schott, and Eric Pember rounding out the top five finishers. Full results from the program are available at www.MississippiThunder.com.

The team made the trek to Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) on Saturday evening for the opening round of the 10th Annual Minnesota Modified Nationals. Rodney started ninth in his preliminary heat race and charged to a second place finish. Unfortunately terminal issues would render him unable to compete in Friday night's qualifying feature, and send him to a b-main on Saturday night.

Sanders rented a power plant for Saturday's b-main where he would roll off from the second row. Rodney was running third in the b-main with high hopes of locking into the $10,001-to-win finale when a mechanical failure brought his night to an early end.

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


June 29th, 2014 - Sanders Closes out USMTS Weekend with Outlaw Victory
Rodney Sanders closed out a busy week with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) by parking his #20 Swan Energy Open Wheel Modified in Victory Lane at Outlaw Motorsports Park (Muskogee, Oklahoma).

A field of thirty-two entries assembled at the 3/8 mile oval for a $2,000-to-win program. A second place finish in heat race action earned Sanders a spot in the redraw, where he was the recipient of the second starting position alongside Jay Sale for the 30 lap feature.

From outside the front row, Sanders bolted to the race lead with Stormy Scott in tow. Scott followed Sanders for the first nineteen laps until Sanders' machine pushed up the track, allowing Scott to pull alongside. The two made contact and Scott blasted one of the infield yuke tires causing damage to his entry. From the point Scott was never able to make a serious bid for the lead as began to fade. Later in the race Jeremy Payne and Johnny Scott moved in to challenge the leader but neither were ever in contention as Sanders went on to claim the his second win in three nights with the USMTS tour. Johnny Scott settled in second followed by Jeremy Payne third, while Bryan Rowland, and Thomas Tillison Jr. rounded out the top five finishers. (Troy Martin Photo)

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


June 28th, 2014 - Sanders Claims Tenth USMTS Victory at Southern Oklahoma
The United State Modified Touring Series (USMTS) took the #20 Swan Energy team to Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma) on Saturday night for a $2,000-to-win program.

A stout field of forty-two Open Wheel Modified entered the event. Rodney won his heat race, which sent him to the redraw for the 40 lap feature. In the redraw he received the seventh starting spot. Polesitter Adam Pen led the first three laps before Daniel Hilsabeck snuck underneath to lead lap four. Sanders soon made it a three wide battle for the top spot as the trio exited turn two, and then powered away down the backstretch.

Rodney dominated the remainder of the affair, lapping more than half the field en route to his tenth USMTS victory of the season. Over eight seconds behind, Daniel Hilsabeck finished second followed by Adam Penn, Bryan Rowland, and Chris Henigan. (Debra Hix Photo)

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


June 27th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Enters USMTS Southern Swing
After a pair of rain-outs to start the week off, Rodney Sanders resumed action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday night at Grayson County Speedway (Bells, Texas).

With forty entries filling the pit area at the 1/4 mile oval Rodney locked into the tenth starting spot for the $2,000-to-win feature after finish third in his heat race. During the course of the 40 lap main event Sanders advanced to a solid third place finish behind race winner Chris Brown, and Stormy Scott.

Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas) was the destination for the team on Friday evening as a $2,000-to-win race was contested. Forty-four entries took to the oval, and Rodney drew the fifth starting spot for his heat race. He went on to finish second behind Kelly Shryock to earn a spot in the evenings redraw. Sanders received the second starting spot in the feature by virtue of the draw. Two early cautions waved before the first lap could be completed, the second of which send polesitter Wesley Veal to the back of the pack, moving Sanders to the pole. Unfortunately when the race went green a broken lift arm forced Sanders to the pit area just after completing the first lap, bringing his night to an early end.

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


June 21st, 2014 - Sanders Continues USMTS Stretch with Runner-Up Finishes
The team continued their busy stretch with the United State Modified Touring Series (USMTS) into the weekend with events in Oklahoma and Texas.

Friday evening the USMTS tour took the team to Elk City Speedway (Elk City, Oklahoma) for a $2,000-to-win program, as thirty-four entries filled the pit area. A sixth place finish in heat race action locked Sanders into the thirteenth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. In the feature Rodney moved into the top five by lap 15, and went on to finish second behind race winner, Stormy Scott. Daniel Hilsabeck, Dereck Ramirez, and Kelly Shryock completed the remainder of the top five.

On Saturday night the USMTS Open Wheel Modified warriors invaded Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas) to do battle for another $2,000 winner's check. A stout field of forty-one competitors were on hand, and a heat race win locked Sanders into the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the sixth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Rodney worked his way into the second spot early in the feature, and although he kept race leader Stormy Scott in sight he was unable to challenge for the lead and had to settle for runner-up behind Scott. Clyde Dunn Jr., Dereck Ramirez, and Gene Weaver rounded out the top five finishers.

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


June 19th, 2014 - Sanders Nips VanderBeek for Impressive 81 Speedway Victory
Rodney Sanders was back in Victory Lane with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday evening at 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas). Sanders prevailed over Zack VanderBeek by eleven one-thousandths of a second in a finish that is sure to be talked about for years to come. (Dusty Wiegert Photos)

Thirty competitors entered the event, and a heat race win once again sent Sanders to the redraw for the feature, where he received the second starting spot alongside Dallas Everett. From the outside front row, Sanders blasted to the race lead at the drop of the green flag. Rodney held a commanding lead out front until the race's first yellow flag slowed the action on lap eighteen. Sanders fended off second running Zack VanderBeek through two more caution periods before the third and final yellow flag waved with three to go.

This time, Sanders couldn't shake VanderBeek, and the two raced door-to-door with Sanders pounding the cushion around the 3/8 mile while VanderBeek ran low. A bobble by Sanders allowed VanderBeek to inch ahead at the white flag. The duo when wheel-to-wheel through the first turn and drag-raced down the back-stretch. VanderBeek exited turn four with about a half-car-length advantage, but Sanders held the momentum around the top as he took the checkered flag, nipping VanderBeek at the line for the $2,000 victory. Kelly Shryock, Thomass Tillison Jr., and Dylan Smith rounded out the top five finishers.

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


June 18th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Kicks off 10 Races in 12 Days with USMTS
The team kicked off a busy stretch with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Wednesday evening at Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri). Thirty-four Open Wheel Modified warriors registered for the $2,000-to-win event, and Rodney mounted a charge from seventh to finish third in heat race action. As a result Sanders earned a spot in the evening’s redraw where he was the recipient of the outside pole position alongside Jeremy Payne.

Sanders grabbed the lead at the drop of flag from Payne, but Payne held his ground while Zack VanderBeek made it a three-car battle at the front of the pack. After leading the first 23 circuits, the right rear tire of Sanders' machine teetered over the top of the embankment exiting turn two, allowing both VanderBeek and Stormy Scott to slip by. From that point VanderBeek went on to claim the win followed by Stormy Scott, and Sanders in third. Dylan Smith and Bryan Rowland rounded out the top five finishers.

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


June 13th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Pull Double Duty at Cedar Lake
Rodney Sanders made the trek to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) for the 16th Annual MASTERS event. Sanders pulled double duty competing in both the UMP Summer Nationals Super Late Model program, and the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event.

Super Late Model action on Friday night saw thirty-two entries registered for battle. Rodney charged to a heat race win to earn the outside front row starting spot alongside Brandon Sheppard for the 40 lap finale. Sanders battled at the front of the pack throughout the $5,000-to-win event before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner, Rick Eckert, and Bobby Pierce. Brian Birkhofer and Billy Moyer rounded out the top five finishers.

Complete results from the program are available at www.TheHellTour.com

Thirty-three Open Wheel Modified filled the pit area on Friday evening for the USMTS portion of the event. Rodney won his qualifying heat race, positioning him starting seventh in the $2,000-to-win main event. During the course of the 35 lap feature Sanders raced throughout the top ten before ultimately registering an eighth place finish at the checkered flag.

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


June 7th, 2014 - Sanders Closes Out Busy Weekend in Victory Lane at I-90
Friday night the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Open Wheel Modifieds invaded Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa).

Twenty-six competitors registered for battle in the $2,000-to-win program, and via a second place finish in heat race action Sanders earned the sixth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Rodney progressively worked his way forward during the course of the feature before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner, Zack VanderBeek, and Stormy Scott. Joey Jensen and Jason Krohn rounded out the top five finishers.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at I-90 Speedway (Hartford, South Dakota) for a $2,000-to-win USMTS event. Twenty-three Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand, and Sanders won his heat race from the pole position to move onto the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the third starting spot for the 40 lap affair. Rookie of the Year contender Jeremy Houle led the first nine laps of the race before Johnny Scott took command on lap ten following a restart. Sanders powered ahead of Scott on lap eighteen but Scott did not give up easily fighting back for the top spot. After nearly making contact with Sanders, Scott spun and was forced to tag the rear of the field.

From that point Sanders blasted away from the field, and eventually took the checkered flag with nearly a seven-second lead over second-place finisher Jon Tesch. Jeremy Houle, Zack VanderBeek, and Joey Jensen completed the rest of the top five. (Calvin Kroger Photo)

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


June 5th, 2014 - Sanders Two-for-Two with Fairmont Victory Thursday Night
Thursday night found the team pitted at Fairmont Speedway (Fairmont, Minnesota) for another $2,000-to-win program with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) warriors. (Buck Monson Photo)

Twenty-eight Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand for the event, and Sanders won his heat race from the fourth starting spot to move into the redraw for the feature, where he earned the pole position for the 30 lap finale with Pat Graham alongside.

When the race went green Sanders took the lead on the opening lap with Dereck Ramirez giving chase. Stormy Scott had moved into the second spot by lap ten and began pressuring Sanders for the top spot. Meanwhile, seventeenth starting Zack VanderBeek made his way into the top five as the field saw the halfway signal. With just two laps to go VanderBeek drove by Scott for second and began to run down Sanders. However, time would run out as Sanders held on for the flag-to-flag victory over Vanderbeek, Scott, Kelly Shryock, and Daniel Hilsabeck.

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


June 4th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Back in Victory Lane with USMTS Modifieds
The team was set to open a busy weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Tuesday night at Marshalltown Speedway however, the event was washed away by rain. As a result, action got underway on Wednesday night at Hancock County Speedway (Britt, Iowa). (Buck Monson Photo)

Twenty-one competitors registered for battle, and via a second place finish in heat race action Sanders earned a spot in the evenings redraw. Rodney later drew the third starting position on the grid for the $2,000-to-win finale. When the feature went green, Stormy Scott took the race lead from the pole position with Johnny Scott, Zack Vanderbeek, and Sanders all in tow. Several lead changes occurred in the early laps as the top four battled closely for much of the race. Sanders would power past Johnny Scott for the top spot on lap 35, and then proceed to open up a two-second advantage over the final five laps to the finish line. Johnny Scott settled in second followed by Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, and Kelly Shryock.

Full results are available at www.USMTS.com


May 30th, 2014 - Sanders Battles Mother Nature; Finishes Third at Farmer City
After Mother Nature nixed the annual Budweiser 50 at Tri-City Speedway, the team traveled to Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Illinois). The American Late Model Series (ALMS) sanctioned the Douglas Dodge 50 that boosted a $5,000-to-win top prize for competitors.

Thirty-one Super Late Models converged on the 1/4 mile oval, and Sanders started his outing with a heat race victory to earn the third starting position on the grid for the 50 lap finale. When the feature went green, action heated up quickly with a three-way battle between Sanders, pole sitter Brian Shirley, and Brandon Sheppard. Sanders maintained second over Sheppard before assuming the point at Shirley's misfortune (terminal issues) before the halfway mark.

With Sanders out front, Sheppard held a close second as the pair entered lap traffic. The duo waged a side-by-side battle before a slower car forced Sanders to check up briefly allowing Sheppard to take the lead. Rodney went on to a third place finish at the checkered flag behind race winner, Brandon Sheppard, and Brian Birkhofer. Jason Feger and Bobby Pierce rounded out the top five finishers.

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


May 26th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Enters Lucas Oil Show Me 100 at Wheatland
Action continued for Sanders on Thursday evening at Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) with a $5,000-to-win Lucas Oil MLRA program, which served as a preliminary event for the 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100. A stout field of sixty-three Super Late Models entered the program, and a sixth to third run in heat race action earned Rodney a spot in the evening's redraw. After receiving the seventeenth starting position on the grid for the 45 lap finale, Sanders advanced six spots during the course of the event to an eleventh place finish. Full results from the event are available at www.MLRARacing.com

Friday night found the team entering the qualifying night for the $30,000-to-win, 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway. The program was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) and saw sixty-five drivers register for action. Via his qualifying efforts Rodney was able to lock into the pole of third heat race. He went on to finish second, earning him the eleventh starting spot in the 100 lap finale on Saturday night. During the course of the feature Sanders settled to an eighteenth place finish in the final rundown. Complete results from the event can be found at www.LucasDirt.com

After Sunday's scheduled Budweiser 50 at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Illinois) was nixed by rain, the team unloaded their #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified at Vermillion County Speedway (Danville, Illinois). Fifty-four Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand for the $4,000-to-win American Modified Series (AMS) event. Rodney was the overall top qualifier and went on to finish third in his heat race, locking him into the fourteenth starting position for the 40 lap feature. During the course of the feature Sanders raced his way to an eighth place finish. Full results are available at www.AmericanModifiedSeries.com

The weekend drew to a close on Monday evening at Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Illinois) for an unsanctioned $3,000-to-win Open Wheel Modified program. Rodney qualified second in his respective group among the twenty-eight entries on hand, and went on to win his heat race to earn the pole position for the feature. In the main event, Sanders charged to the victory over Erik Bruce, Michael Long, Kenny Wallace, and Nathan Balensiefan. Complete results from the event can be found at www.PeoriaSpeedway.com


May 21st, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Begins Ultra Busy Weekend in Iowa
Rodney began an ultra-busy Memorial Day Weekend schedule on Wednesday night when he took #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified into battle at Cedar County Speedway (Tipton, Iowa).

A modest twenty-one USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds registered for battle in the $2,000-to-win race. A fourth to second run in heat race action sent to Sanders to the redraw for the feature, where he received the eighth starting spot. In the main event he advanced three spots to finish fifth behind race winner Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek, and Dereck Ramirez.

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


May 17th, 2014 - Sanders Enters Busy Weekend with the USMTS
Rodney Sanders kicked off a busy weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday night at Lawton Speedway (Lawton, Oklahoma).

A talented field of forty-seven Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand for the $2,000-to-win program. Rodney started his night by winning his heat race, which sent him to the evening's redraw for the 40 lap finale. After receiving the fourth starting spot for the feature, Sanders quickly worked his way forward to the second spot early in the feature, and assumed the point from Tom Tillison Jr. on lap eleven. The battle for the top spot would be far from over as ninth starting Stormy Scott entered the mix. The duo waged a fierce battle through lap traffic before Scott was able to take over when Sanders was briefly caught up. Scott led the remaining laps for the victory while Sander settled in second. Kelly Shryock, Cade Dillard, and Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top five finishers.

Friday night found the USMTS tour making a trip to Longdale Speedway (Longdale, Oklahoma) as another $2,000-to-win affair was contested. A fifth to second run in heat race action earned Sanders a spot in the redraw for the 40 lap feature. After receiving the eighth starting spot Rodney went on to race to a third place finish in the evening's finale behind race winner, Stormy Scott and Dereck Ramirez.

The busy three day stretch with the USMTS competitors drew to a close on Saturday evening at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma). Forty-seven competitors converged on the speed plant in pursuit of the $4,000 prize, and Rodney would need a win in b-main action to race his way into the main event. In the feature he started thirteenth on the grid for the finale before advancing ten spots to record a third place finish behind race winner, Stormy Scott and Johnny Scott.

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


May 14th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Partners with Karsyn's Krusaders Again in 2014
The 2014 edition of the Hope and Healing Karsyn’s Krusaders Project is officially underway and will run throughout the 2014 racing season, set to wrap up at the USMTS Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN.

This challenge puts Happy, Texas, driver Rodney Sanders vs. Slayton, Minnesota, pilot Jason Krohn, and both have already agreed the loser will serve his punishment at the Jamboree. However, Jason Krohn says, "Why should we let the crew get off so easy? This needs to be a team deal."

So the challenge is clear, the loser will be forced to take a trip or two around the track on a special pink scooter. Of course, specific riding attire will be required, including, but not limited to a one-of-a-kind helmet and goggles to ensure safety.  The punishment does not end there though, the losing crew will showcase their musical talent by singing their rendition of "Born to Be Wild" for fans as the driver makes his way around the track.  The soft spoken and reserved Sanders said, "Everyone knows I am not very comfortable in front of a large crowd, but I am happy to be a part of this challenge, as it is for a great cause.  It is probably safe to say that I know more about finding my way around a track than handling a microphone, ha-ha.  We will just have to wait and see who wins!" Krohn, meanwhile, said, "This is the one time I guarantee that I will beat Rodney. Losing this challenge with so many kids and their families to help is not an option." <<MORE>>

April 26th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Sweeps USMTS Weekend Battle!
1Rodney Sanders set out to enter a trio of United States Modified Touring Seies (USMTS) events over the weekend, but it would be short by Mother Nature after Thursday night's event at Cedar County Speedway (Tiption, Iowa) was postponed.

On Friday the team traveld to Bloomfield Speedway (Bloomfield, Iowa) for a $2,000-to-win event with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds. Twenty-one entires registered for battle, and after drawing the fourth starting spot for his heat race Rodney finished third to earn a spot in the redraw for the 35 lap finale. After starting fifth, Sanders took the race lead from Zack VanderBeek with less the ten to go and held on for the remaining laps to score his eighth win of the season over VanderBeek, Austin Siebert, Nate Wasmund, and Daniel Hilsbeck. (Danny Howk Photo)

1On Saturday night Rodney Sanders piloted his #20 Swan Energy/Mars Race Cars Open Wheel Modified to Victory Lane in a $2,000-to-win program at I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri). Twenty-four competitors registered for action, and Rodney won his feat race from the fifth starting spot to lock into the redraw for the 40 lap feature. In the redraw he was the recipient of the pole position for the finale with Dylan Smith alongside. Sanders jumped out to a big lead early on in the main event, but a pair of caution flags kept the field within striking distance. Rodney fended off Nate Wasmund early on and despite a side-by-side dual with Zack VanderBeek over the final ten laps, Sanders held on for the victory and the weekend sweep. VanderBeek finished second followed by Stormy Scott, Dylan Smith, and John Allen rounding out the top five. (Lloyd Collins Photo)

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


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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