|February 28th, 2015 - Sanders To USMTS Victory Lane at El Paso
|With the weekend's biggest prize on the line Saturday night at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas), Rodney Sanders found himself in
Victory Lane with a $4,000 paycheck at the 2nd Annual Icebreaker. (Donald Iverson Photo)
Twenty-eight Open Wheel Modified warriors registered for the event, which was sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). In preliminary action, Sanders raced to a second place finish in his heat race to lock into the redraw for the 50-lap finale.
Sanders drew the eighth starting spot for the main event, and quickly advanced four positions to the fourth spot at the drop of the green flag. On lap 24, Sanders snuck by Terry Phillips for third and then Dereck Ramirez four laps later to move into second.
Rodney caught race-long pacesetter, Austin Arneson on lap 30 and then scooted past on the inside as they crossed the line to complete the 32nd lap. Sanders never got far from Arneson, but never relinquished the lead again as he roared to his first USMTS victory of the season.
“The track was real good tonight,” Sanders added. “It was slick and smooth and it was a real good night for us. It feels good to get a win here.”
Arneson settled into the runner-up spot while Zack Vanderbeek, Jake Gallardo, and Ramirez completed the top five finishers.
Full results from the weekend are available at www.USMTS.com
|February 27th, 2015 - Sanders Competes with USMTS at El Paso Speedway Park
|Rodney Sanders returned to the Open Wheel Modified ranks over the weekend, competing with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) in the 2nd Annual Icebreaker at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas).
Thirty Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand Thursday night for the $2,000-to-win opener. Sanders fell to a sixth place after starting fourth, leaving him just short of a transfer position and sending him to a b-main. He went on to finish second in the b-main to lock into the eighteenth starting spot on the feature grid. Rodney was up to twelfth in the running order before mechanical issues brought his night to an early end, resulting in a disappointing 21st place finish.
Friday night's $3,000-to-win program saw twenty-eight entries returning for battle. A heat race victory sent Rodney to the redraw for the 40-lap finale where he was the recipient of the second starting spot, alongside side Fito Gallardo on the front row. Sanders gained control when the green flag waved, stretching out to a six-car-length lead in the first five laps. But Gallardo reeled in Sanders and pulled alongside as they completed lap 12.
Dereck Ramirez joined the war the next time around and a three-car battle ensued for the next seven laps. With two lapped cars in their path, the trio split the back-markers and nearly went five-wide before Sanders settled back into the top spot with Ramirez and Gallardo hot on his heels.
Racing down the back-stretch on lap 15, Sanders slipped too high over the embankment which allowed Ramirez to rocket past on the inside. Sanders remained at bay until the races only caution waved on lap nineteen. On the restart, the lead group resumed their battle but seventeenth starting, Austin Arneson was on the move.
Arneson got around Sanders with six laps to go, passed Gallardo with three to go before taking the lead from Ramirez at the flagstand with just two circuits remaining. Sanders ultimately crossed the finish line in third behind Arenson and Ramirez, while Gallardo and Jesse Sobbing rounded out the top five finishers.
Full results from the weekend are available at www.USMTS.com
|February 19th, 2015 - Sanders Speedweeks Campaign Ends Early
|A nightmare 2015 Georgia/Florida Speedweeks for Rodney Sanders likely came to an end on Thursday night after rolling his machine while battling for position in a b-main.
Forty-nine entries converged on Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on Thursday as the World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Models Series headlined a $10,000-to-win program. After failing to reach a transfer position in heat race action, Sanders found himself pinned deep in the first b-main. While battling for position through turns one and two he bounced off the side of another competitor and slid up the track. From there, Sanders slapped the outside guardrail and then his car dug into the track, flipping once before coming to rest. Sanders climbed from the car without injury however, his machine ended up towed off the 1/2-mile oval dangling between two wreckers.
Complete results from the events are available at www.WoOLMS.com
|February 18th, 2015 - DIRTcar Nationals Kicks Off at Volusia Speedway Park
|The 44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, featuring six consecutive nights of racing, kicked off on Monday night at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida).
Forty-three UMP Super Late Models entered the $7,000-to-win event, and via time trials Rodney locked into the fourth starting spot for his heat race. He went on to finish third, which earned him the ninth position on the starting grid for the 30-lap feature. During the course of the main event, Sanders moved forward to a fourth place finish in the final rundown behind race winner, Shane Clanton, Darrell Lanigan and Tim McCreadie. Casey Roberts completed the top five finishers.
Following Tuesday night's rainout, Sanders resumed competition with a $10,000-to-win program at the DIRTcar Nationals on Wednesday. Forty-eight entries converged on the 1/2 mile, and Rodney started his outing by posting the fourth fastest lap in his group during time trials. Unfortunately, a terminal failure prior to the start of heat race action forced Sanders to scratch from the balance of the program.
Complete results from the event are available at www.DIRTcarNationals.com
|February 15th, 2015 - Sanders Enters Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Ocala
|Action shifted to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Friday night for the opening round of the Bubba Army Winternationals.
Twenty-eight UMP Super Late Models registered for the $5,000-to-win program, and Rodney secured the final transfer spot into the feature with a sixth place finish in his heat race. Sanders advanced a few spot early in the 30-lap finale before ultimately retiring to a 22nd place finish in the final rundown.
Saturday night's program at Bubba Raceway Park boosted a $10,000 top prize, and was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series. Sanders struggles in time trials which pinned him deep in a heat race where he failed to reach a transfer position, sending him to a b-main. Rodney charged to a second place finish in the b-main to lock into the 20th starting spot on the feature grid. During the course of the 50-lap feature, Sanders advanced eight positions to a twelfth place finish.
Sunday evening's $10,000-to-win finale drew a strong field of thirty-one competitors to the oval, and struggles early on would once again put Sanders in a b-main. Just like the previous night, Sanders raced to a second place finish in the b-main, positioning him starting 20th on the feature grid. Rodney would ultimately retire early from the 50-lap finale to a disappointing 22nd place finish.
Full results are available at www.WoOLMS.com
|February 8th, 2015 - Rodney Sanders Competes at North Florida
|Rodney Sanders visited North Florida Speedway (Lake City, Florida) on Sunday evening for a $5,000-to-win Super Late Model program.
A modest sixteen entries were on hand for the event, and Rodney started his outing by posting the second fastest lap in time trials to lock into the pole position for his heat race. He went on to finish second in the heat, earning him the fourth starting spot on the feature grid. However, Sanders retired just three laps into the 30 lap finale with mechanical issues. He was credited with a sixteenth place finish in the final rundown.
Complete results from the program are available at www.NorthFloridaSpeedway.com
|February 7th, 2015 - Sanders Enters Winter Freeze at Screven Motor Speedway
|Rodney Sanders returned to the Super Late Model ranks on Thursday evening at Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia) during the opening round of the 5th Annual Winter Freeze.
The unsanctioned, $5,000-to-win program saw a field of thirty-four entries register for battle. Sanders fell short of locking into the main event via time trials, sending him to a b-main. He went on to a fifth place finish in his b-main to lock into the nineteenth starting spot for the finale. Rodney battled for position early on before retiring to a 24th place finish. Complete results from the event can be found at www.ScrevenMotorsports.com
Round #2 of the Winter Freeze boosted a $10,000 prize for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series season opener at the 3/8 mile oval. Thirty-two Super Late Models returned for battle, and Rodney started his outing by posting the third fast lap in Group A of time trials. He later raced to a second place finish which sent him the redraw for the 50 lap finale where he received the eighth starting spot. Sanders was running sixth on lap four when he was sucked into the cushion and flipped. He walked away from the incident unharmed but was forced to retire to another disappointing 24th place finish.
After a nightmare outing the previous night, Sanders hoped to improve on his performance in Saturday night's $10,000-to-win finale. Unfortunately, the struggles would only continue for Rodney as he failed to reach a transfer position through the heat race and had to run a b-main. He managed a third place finish in his b-main which locked him into the 22nd starting spot for the 50 lap feature. Sanders retired early from the main event and was credited with a 24th place finish in the final rundown.
Full results are available at www.WoOLMS.com
|February 2nd, 2015 - Rodney Sanders Set to Tackle Georgia-Florida Speedweeks
|Rodney Sanders joined Ben Shelton for a DirtonDirt.com VideoCast to preview the upcoming Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. You can view the FREE VideoCast with the Rocket, Rodney Sanders by visiting http://www.dirtondirt.com/video.php?watch=6498.
Sanders is set to open his 2015 Speedweeks tour with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series at Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia), February 5th-7th. The following week will take the team to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) for another trio of event before wrapping up with six straight nights of racing action at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida).
Stay logged onto www.RodneySandersRacing.net throughout the 2015 Speedweeks campain for the latest results and all the headlines concerning Rodney Sanders Racing.
|January 26th, 2015 - USMTS National Champion Diecasts Still Available!
|A new shipment of Rodney Sanders United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) National Champion 1/24 and 1/64 scale die casts has arrived! Quantities are limited, visit the Apparel section to place your order today!
|January 18th, 2015 - Rodney Sanders Returns to Victory Lane in Tucson
|Rodney Sanders claimed his second Open Wheel Modified victory in as many nights on Saturday in Round #5 of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona).
A strong field of twenty-nine entries were on hand for the program, and Sanders would see his night start much like it has all week. A convincing heat race win from the third starting spot earned Rodney the fifth starting position on the feature grid. When the race went green, Sanders quickly marched forward and took control of the second spot just as Jake Gallardo assumed the lead on lap four.
Sanders would make his first attempt at the top spot on lap ten only to be denied by Gallardo. The duo continued to race side-by-side with Sanders using a slider in turn four to take the lead on lap thirteen. Gallardo would return the favor entering turn one on lap fourteen but, slip over the cushion allowing Sanders regain control down the backstretch. From there, Sanders went on to take the checkered flag and the $1,000 payday ahead of Ricky Thornton Jr., Gallardo, Mike Stearns and Fito Gallardo.
Fifty-two Super Late Models registered for the $3,000-to-win event, and Sanders would rocket from his ninth starting spot to finish fifth in his heat race, locking him into the fifteenth starting position for the 30 lap feature. During the course of the finale, Rodney drove past eight other competitors in route to a solid eighth place finish in the final rundown.
The miniseries drew to a close on Sunday evening with Sanders once again competing in both the Open Wheel Modified and Super Late Model ranks. Twenty-four Open Wheel Modified warriors registered for battle, and an eighth to fourth run in his heat race positioned him starting second in the $1,000-to-win finale. At the drop of the green, polesitter Ricky Thornton Jr. lead the way with Sanders trailing in second. Sanders waged a fierce battle at the front of the pack lap-after-lap before ultimately settling into the runner-up spot behind race winner, Ryan Gustin. Jake Gallardo, Mike Stearns and Fito Gallardo rounded out the top five finishers.
A $10,000 winner's check was posted for Super Late Models as fifty entries registered for battle. A heat race win positioned Rodney starting eighth in the 50 lap finale. Sanders battled amongst the top ten throughout the duration of the feature before crossing the finish line in sixth behind race winner, Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Mars, Chris Simpson, Jason Papich and Tony Jackson Jr.
In addition to a trio of victories over the course of the week-long miniseries, Sanders was also crowned the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout Super Late Model champion. Finishing just two points ahead of Jason Papich in the championship standings, and earning $2,000 for efforts.
Complete results from the events are available at www.RaceUSARaceway.com
|January 16th, 2015 - Sanders Claims Second Wild West Shootout Victory
|The Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout was back underway on Friday night at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) with a $1,000-to-win, Open Wheel Modified event.
Sanders started his outing with a fifth to second charge in heat race action, earning him the second starting spot on the feature grid. In the 25 lap finale, Sanders rocketed to the lead at the onset of the event and never looked back as he drove his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified to his victory of the weekend. Rodney took the checkered flag in dominating fashion ahead of Ryan Gustin, Grant Junghans, Jake Gallardo and Mike Stearns.
In the Super Late Model ranks, Sanders went into battle against a stout field of fifty-two competitors. He raced to the win from his third starting spot in his heat race, which positioned him starting fifth in the $3,000-to-win feature. Sanders battled amongst the top for much of the event, and used a last lap pass on Ronny Lee Hollingsworth to secure a third place finish behind race winner, Darrell Lanigan and Billy Moyer. Hollingsworth and Ryan Gustin rounded out the top five finishers.
Complete results from the event are available at www.RaceUSARaceway.com
|January 14th, 2015 - Sanders Scores Second Career Late Model Victory in Tucson
|After a break in the action, competition resumed at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) on Wednesday night with Round #3 of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. It would prove to be a memorable outing for Sanders as he charged to his first ever victory during the annual miniseries. Photos by Shana
The $3,000-to-win program drew a field of forty-six entries to the 3/8 mile oval. With passing points determining heat race transfers, Rodney mounted an impressive charge from sixth to second in his heat to lock into the fifth starting position for the 30 lap finale. At the drop of the green, Sanders rocketed from his fifth starting spot to second place in just three laps and began to stalk race leader, Don Shaw.
Rodney made his move just before the halfway mark, taking control on lap fourteen and immediately opening up a healthy advantage on his nearest competitor. Fourth starting, Darrell Lanigan made a charge in the closing laps but his momentum was erased when he slid high in turn four with five laps remaining. From there, Sanders went on to take the checkered flag ahead of Lanigan by just over one second, earning his second career Super Late Model victory. Jason Papich finished third, while Don Shaw and Tony Toste completed the remainder of the top five.
Complete results from the event are available at www.RaceUSARaceway.com
|January 11th, 2015 - Sanders Opens 2015 Season with Wild West Shootout
|Rodney Sanders opened his 2015 season in his #20 Wichita Tank Racing/Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Club 29 Race Cars Super Late Model on Saturday night at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) during the opening round of the Wild West Shootout. Rick Schwallie Photo
A stout field of fifty Super Late Models to part in the $3,000-to-win event, and heat race action found Sanders advancing from his second starting spot to claim the win, earning him the seventh starting position for the feature. In the 30 lap main event Sanders raced to a fifth place finish behind race winner, Darrell Lanigan, Billy Moyer, Chase Junghans and Billy Moyer Jr.
Sunday evening found forty-nine competitors returning for battle, and Rodney advanced from fifth to finish fourth in his heat race leaving him just short of the transfer. He went on to finish second in the b-main, locking him into the 20th starting spot for the 30 lap, $5,000-to-win finale. Sanders had marched through the field when mechanical issues forced him to retire from the event just three circuits shy of the checkered flag. He was credited with a 23rd place finish in the final rundown.
A field of twenty-nine Open Wheel Modifieds took part in the $1,000-to-win event, and heat race action found Sanders charging from his tenth starting spot to finish fourth, which locked him into the fourth starting spot for the feature. When the race went green, polesitter Jason Krohn control as Sanders had moved into second by lap three. Just five circuits later Sanders would inherit the lead following mechanical issues that forced Krohn to the pits. Unfortunately, Sanders experienced his own mechanical issues shortly after the restart which forced him to retire to a disappointing 20th place finish.
Complete results from the weekend are available at www.RaceUSARaceway.com