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February 22nd, 2014 - Sanders Competes in Inaugural Icebreaker at El Paso
The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) returned to action on Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas. Thirty-four competitors registered for the $2,000-to-win opening night.

In preliminary race action, Rodney started eighth in his qualifying heat race and finished third locking him into the pole position for the main event after the redraw. Sanders took the lead at the drop of the green flag and pulled away during the first half of the race until the caution flag flew on lap 13. On the restart, fourth place starter Johnny Scott was using the high side to his advantage and had worked his way up to second, closing on Sanders. Another caution just five laps later gave Scott the chance he needed to inch by Sanders on the next restart. Scott would lead the remaining laps to claim the win while Sanders settled for second. Stormy Scott, Terry Phillips and Fito Gallardo rounded out the top five.

The weekend came to a close on Saturday night, and thirty-three entries were registered to chase the $3,000 top prize. Rodney failed to make the transfer into the main event via heat race action but, winning the b-main locked him into a 14th place starting spot for the 40 lap feature event. As the main event went green Sanders began racing his way forward through the pack, driving by ten other competitors on his way to a fourth place finish behind race winner Stormy Scott, Jake Gallardo and Fito Gallardo, while Johnny Scott completed the top five.

Full results are available at www.usmts.com


February 15th, 2014 - Sanders Scores Top Five in Texas Spring Nationals Opener
The 5th Annual Texas Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas got underway on Thursday evening. Rodney recovered from a tough start to the night for a solid top five finish in the #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified.

Rodney started sixth and finished sixth in his qualifying heat race which would put him starting tenth in his last chance B-Main. Sanders charged his way to the front to finish third, locking him into the 30 lap feature event. During the course of the feature event, Rodney drove by 14 other competitors for a strong fourth place finish.

Round #2 of the 5th Annual Texas Spring Nationals went on Friday night. Rodney won his qualifying heat race after starting outside the front row, earning him an eighth place starting spot in the $3,000-to-win feature. During the course of the 40 lap feature Sanders drove by six competitors on his way to a second place finish behind only race winner Chris Brown. Dereck Ramirez, Jeremy Payne, and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top five finishers.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night with a $4,000-to-win finale. Rodney started seventh in his preliminary heat and raced his way up to third, enough to lock him into a 12th place starting spot for the feature event. Sanders roared his way toward the front during the course of the 50 lapper before crossing the finish line in sixth.

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.usmts.com


February 9th, 2014 - Sanders Opens 2014 USMTS Season with Solid Run
The 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals kicked off the 2014 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) season at South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday.

Round #1 drew 37 entries for the $3,000-to-win feature event. Rodney finished third in his heat after starting seventh, locking him into a tenth place starting spot for the main event. Sanders advanced seven positions during the course of the feature to bring home a solid third place finish behind only race winner Jason Krohn and second running Steve Whiteaker Jr while Stormy Scott and Cade Dillard rounded out the top five.

The USMTS season opening weekend came to a close on Sunday evening with Round #2 of the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals; 35 entries signed in for the $4,000-to-win event. Rodney started third in his qualifying heat race and won it, which earned him a sixth place starting spot in the 40 lap feature. During the feature, Sanders was the casualty of a multi-car incident on lap two, but was able to rejoin the race at the tail of the field. Over the course of the next 38 laps, Rodney worked his way back toward the front before crossing the finish line in the eighth position when the checkered flag flew.

Complete results are available at www.usmts.com


February 2nd, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Honored as 2013 USMTS Champion
1On Friday evening Rodney Sanders was officially honored as the 2013 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Champion at the tour's annual banquet, which was held at Harrah's Casino and Hotel (North Kansas City, Kansas). (Lloyd Collins Photo) - Story Courtesy of USMTS.com

After 36 regional events comprising the USMTS Casey's Cup Series, 28 drivers came into the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's National Championship with a shot at becoming the champ.

Entering the final points race in the 17-race grind, three competitors remained in contention and when the checkered flag waved for the last time the last man standing was Sanders.

Sanders entered the final feature to determine the title sitting third in points. He finished second in the race behind two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin, but it was enough to secure the championship over Johnny Scott and Jason Hughes.

'The Rocket' was a model of consistency during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup and throughout the entire season too.

Of the 48 times he rolled onto the track in a USMTS contest, he cashed a top-five paycheck 34 times.

During 'The Hunt,' he finished outside the top 10 just once and was a top-five finisher in 13 events en route to claiming the championship.

"I have to give all the credit to my team and our sponsors," said Sanders, who turned 24 years old just two weeks after clinching the crown. "There is just no way we could possibly have the success that we've had without my car owner, Brandon Davis, Swan Energy and the support that my family and fans give me."

Sanders' first USMTS national championship was worth $15,000 and is the first for chassis builder MB Customs and engine builder Geddes Racing Engines, and the first for a driver from the Lone Star State in the 15-year history of the USMTS.

A full banquet recap is available at www.USMTS.com.