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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