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July 27th, 2013 - Rodney Sanders Finishes 5th in 3rd Annual WDTMC
1After seeing his qualifying night delayed a day by rain Rodney Sanders was finally able to open the 3rd Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship on Friday afternoon at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota).

Rodney started his outing by qualifying 3rd fastest in his group, and with the top six qualifiers inverted for heat race action he started in the 4th position in his heat before blasting to the win to earn the 4th starting spot for the 35 lap finale. He would race in the top five throughout the feature before crossing the finish line in the 3rd spot behind race winner, Terry Phillips, and Brandon Davis III.

Sanders ended the night third in points, which locked him into the 7th starting spot for Saturday night's $20,000-to-win finale.

On Saturday evening under threatening skies the big feature was held, and Rodney lurked in the top five throughout the event before crossing the finish line in the 5th position behind race winner, Jason Hughes, Stormy Scott, Joey Jensen, and Jason Krohn.

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


July 20th, 2013 - Rodney Sanders Sweeps Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80
Rodney Sanders won a thriller in United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) competition on Friday night as he topped Jason Hughes for his 14th win of the 2013 campaign.

Thirty-six entries converged on the high-banked, 3/8 mile oval, and a win in his heat race sent Sanders to the redraw for the 30 lap feature event. 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 2nd spot as he set his sights on the leader, Jason Hughes. The duo battled for the top spot for the next several laps before Sanders took control on lap 28. A caution on the white flag lap resulted on a two lap shootout to the checkers.

Unable to close the gap the first time around, Hughes found a sweet spot on the final lap and grinded through turns 3-4 to pull even with Sanders as they exited the final corner. As they crossed the finish line side by side, Sanders beat Hughes to the stripe by a mere 0.084 second to score the victory and pocket the $4,000 top prize. Hughes, meanwhile, settled for a disappointing runner-up finish after leading the first 28 of 30 laps. Bone Jr., Terry Phillips, and Trevor Hunt rounded out the top five finishers.

He wasn't finished with business on Saturday night as he set his sights on another win. Preliminary action found him starting deep in the grid for a 1heat race, and with heavy and fast track conditions, passing would difficult. As a result he was forced to run a b-main, and would charge to a 2nd place finish to lock into the 15th starting spot for the 35 lap finale. Despite starting deep in the field Sanders had raced his way into the top five by lap 14 and would soon find himself in the 2nd position. On lap 23 Sanders shot past leader, Jason Hughes, for the top spot before going on to lead the remainder of the event to score his 15th win of the season, which was $5,350. He also earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for passing more cars than any other competitor in the feature.

1Rodney also competed with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) over the course of the weekend in the $27,000-to-win event. With 55 Super Late Models entered Rodney fell short of locking into the feature via heat race action, but a 3rd place finish in his b-main locked him into the 27th starting spot for the 80 lap finale on Saturday evening. Unfortunately overheating issues early in the feature forced Sanders to retire to a 33rd place finish. Full results from the program are available at www.LucasDirt.com.

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


July 17th, 2013 - Rodney Sanders Enters Busy Week with USMTS
1After a week away from the driver's seat Rodney Sanders resumed action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Tuesday evening at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) in a $5,000-to-win, USMTS program. A strong field of 46 cars filled the pit area, and via preliminary action Sanders locked into the 16th starting spot for the feature before passing eleven cars to a 5th place finish behind race winner, Jeremy Payne, Johnny Scott, Terry Phillips, and Nic Bidinger.

Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) was the destination for the team on Wednesday night as another $5,000-to-win race was sanctioned by the USMTS. With 29 entries in the pit area Rodney won his heat race from the 3rd starting spot, which resulted in him starting 2nd on the grid for the 40 lap feature. Early in the main event Sanders slipped back as far as the 5th position before making a late-race charge to a 2nd place finish behind race winner, Johnny Scott.

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


July 6th, 2013 - Fourth of July Finds Sanders at Mississippi Thunder & Deer Creek
The Fourth of July weekend found Rodney entering a pair of Open Wheel Modified events in Wisconsin and Minnesota in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine entry.

On Friday night the 5th 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 26 entries in the pits Sanders charged from the 8th starting spot to a 3rd place finish in his heat race, which positioned him starting 4th on the grid in the finale. Unfortunately his hopes at a win would be erased on lap 5, when he was collected in an incident, which ended his night in the 21st position. Full results from the program are available at www.MississippiThunder.com.

Saturday evening found the team traveling to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) for the 34th Annual Gopher 50. A field of 34 USRA Open Wheel Modified entries registered for action in the $3,500-to-win race, and after advancing two spots to a third place finish in his heat race Rodney started 2nd in the feature. He battled at the front of the pack throughout the finale before crossing the finish line in the 3rd spot behind race winner, Brandon Davis, and Mike Sorensen. Full results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com.