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October 19th, 2013 - Sanders Finishes 3rd in Opening Night at SNMS
1Team 20 made the trip to Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) over the weekend for the $10,000-to-win, 14th Annual USRA Fall Nationals at the speed plant. (RacinDirt.com Photo)

Action opened with a preliminary program on Thursday night as 46 entries looked to lock into Saturday's finale. Sanders night started slowly as heat race difficulties relegated him to a b-main. He would advance to a 2nd place finish in his b-main, which positoned him starting 15th on the grid for the feature. During the course of the feature he mounted a great charge through the field to record a 3rd place finish behind race winner, Terry Phillips, and Ricky Thornton Jr. His performance locks him into the 5th starting spot for Saturday night's finale.

During the course of the $10,000-to-win event on Saturday evening Rodney raced in the top ten and would ultimately register a 6th place finish behind race winner, Terry Phillips, Fito Gallardo, Stormy Scott, Jake O'Neill, and Dereck Ramirez.

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


October 12th, 2013 - Sooner Showdown Sees Sanders Finish 3rd
1Rodney Sanders found himself competing in the opening round of another end-of-the-year special on Thursday night as he competed in the first night of preliminary action in the Sooner Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma).

Forty-five entries looked to earn a starting spot in Saturday night's $10,000-to-win finale with Thursday's program. Sanders started his night by qualifying 5th fastest in his group, and with the top fix qualifiers inverted for heat race action he started 2nd in his heat. He would go on to race to the win, which locked him into the 3rd starting spot for the 20 lap, prelim feature. Sanders enjoyed a solid run to a 2nd place finish, which ended his night 3rd in the overall standings, which guarantees him a starting spot in Saturday night's finale.

On Saturday evening the 100 lap feature was contested, and via his qualifying night performance Rodney started 4th on the grid for the feature. He lurked in the top five throughout the 50 lap finale before crossing the finish line in the 3rd spot behind race winner, Ryan Gustin, and Austin Siebert.

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


October 5th, 2013 - Sanders Finishes 4th in Inaugural Sunflower Showdown
1The opening round of the inaugural Sunflower Showdown was held on Wednesday evening at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) as Sanders looked to accumulate points toward Saturday night's $10,000-to-win finale.

After advancing to a 3rd place finish in his heat race Rodney started 10th in the 20 lap, preliminary event. He would go on to race his way to a 9th place finish.

Sanders returned to action at the 1/2 mile oval on Thursday evening as he looked to improve his point's total in a program that saw 43 entries in action. A 5th to 2nd run in his heat race locked Rodney into the 5th starting spot for the finale. In the 20 lap feature he raced to a 5th place finish behind race winner, Jeremy Payne, Terry Phillips, Jason Hughes, and Ryan Gustin. Via his performance he earned the fifth most points on the night, which locks him into Saturday night's $10,000-to-win finale.

Via his preliminary night performance Rodney started 12th in Saturday night's 50 lap finale. He would enjoy a great run in the finale as he advanced eight spots to finish 4th in the final rundown behind race winner, Terry Phillips, Jason Payne, and Kelly Shryock.

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