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March 30th, 2013 - Frustrating Weekend for Sanders at King of America III
1Rodney Sanders traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for the King of America III, which posted a $10,000 top prize for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) competitors. The team went in with high hopes but a mistake in technical inspection would put a damper on their hopes for their first title in the mega-event.

Ninety-seven 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 charged from the eighth starting spot to a second place finish in the first heat before scoring the win in the second heat race after starting second. His performance on the night initially made him third in the overall standings, however, in post race inspection he was incorrectly disqualified for illegal spindles. As a result he was scored 89th in the standings. Officials later indicated that a mistake was made in the disqualification, but the retraction wasn't made until after the completion of Saturday's event.

On Friday evening Rodney won his first heat race from the third starting spot and passed five cars to finish third in the second heat. He was twenty-fourth in the standings heading into the final night, and as a result he started twelfth in the B-main. With the top twelve finishers advancing to the feature he scored a seventh place finish to lock into the nineteenth starting spot for the 100 lap finale. In the main event he would struggle to advance through the field before ultimately retiring from the race on lap 60 to an eighteenth place finish.

Full results from all three days are available at

March 17th, 2013 - Sanders Pushes 2013 Win Total to Eight
Rodney Sanders and the Swan Energy Racing Team took part in an ultra-busy weekend of racing action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) as a trio of events were contested in Texas and Louisiana.

The action opened on a beautiful Friday night at RPM Speedway (Crandall, Texas) as 51 entries filled the pit area for the $4,000-to-win event. Sanders started his night by claiming the win in the second heat race from the pole position to lock into the redraw for the 40 lap feature. In the redraw he was the recipient of the pole position for the feature with Stormy Scott joining him on the front row. As the race went green Sanders bolted to the lead, and while he led every lap of the feature the win would be far from easy as a host of talented drivers took shots at the leader. Sanders fended off all advances, and when the checkered flag dropped he had claimed his eighth win of the 2013 campaign with Jason Hughes, Tyler Townsend, Kevin Sustaire, and Ryan Gustin rounding out the top five.

1Sanders carried his momentum to the 1/4 mile confines of Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana) on Saturday night for a $2,000 to win, USMTS program. Once again fifty-one entries filed into the pit area, and a win in the fourth heat transferred Sanders to the redraw, where he received the second starting spot alongside the pole-sitter Kelly Shryock for the 50 lap feature. Sanders jumped to the lead at the drop of the green flag and appeared to be on his way to another win until Chris Henigan took over command at the front of the pack on lap 27. Henigan would go on to lead the remainder of the feature as Sanders was forced to settle for a second place finish. Ryan Gustin, Stormy Scott, and Kelly Shryock rounded out the top five at the checkered flag.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday evening with another $2,000-to-win event, which was held at Boothill Speedway (Greenwood, Louisiana). Forty entries were on hand to try and claim the top prize, and it proved to be another night with another heat race win and another front row starting spot as he drew the second starting spot alongside pole sitter, Stormy Scott. Scott won the drag race to turn one on the first lap as Sanders settled into the second spot. It wouldn't be long before Sanders received strong advances from Bobby Malchus for the runner-up spot, but ultimately Sanders raced back to second, and that's where he finished behind race winner, Stormy Scott. Jason Hughes, Jason Ingalls, and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top five in the final standings.

Full results from all three events are available at

March 9th, 2013 - Sanders Battles Bad Luck at Humboldt
1The team traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for a pair of $2,000-to-win, USMTS Open Wheel Modified events.

With fifty-six competitors in the pit area Sanders advanced from tenth to fifth on an extremely rough track in his heat race. His performance left him just short of locking into the feature event, but a win in the first b-main locked him into the twenty-third starting spot for the 40 lap feature.

Unfortunately in the feature the rough track conditions ultimately took their toll forcing him pitside to a twenty-fourth place finish.

Saturday night's scheduled program fell victim to rain.

Full results from the event are available at

March 2nd, 2013 - Sanders Tames Texas Motor Speedway
1Rodney Sanders entered the annual Port-A-Cool® Texas World Dirt Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway (Justin, Texas) and came away with the $3,000 winner's check in the big event.

Over 70 competitors filled the pit area for the event, and on Friday night after drawing the ninth starting spot for his heat Rodney blasted to the heat race win, and then finished second in the A-main qualifier to Ryan Gustin to lock into Saturday night's pole dash for the finale. In the pole dash he bolted to the win, which locked him into the pole position for the feature event.

At the drop of the green flag in the 40 lap finale Sanders bolted to the lead and maintained the top spot until lap 33, when he and Ryan Gustin began waging war for the top spot. The duo swapped the lead a handful of times over the next two laps before Sanders regained permanent control to claim the win over Gustin, Chris Brown, Bobby Malchus, and Chris Henigan. The victory was his seventh of the 2013 season!

"Our car was awesome all weekend, and it's hard to believe we already have seven victories this season," an elated Sanders commented. "We were kind of slide jobbing each other and it was a fun kind of racing,” Sanders said. “We race with (Gustin) a lot and he’s a good racer. Always tough to beat and I’m glad to finally win one here at Texas Motor Speedway."

Full results are available at