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July 26th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Crowned King of the World!
Rodney Sanders opened the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship (WMDTC) on Thursday evening at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota).

A talented field of seventy-five Open Wheel Modifieds registered for the event, and a second place finish in his heat race earned Rodney a spot in the redraw for the 30 lap qualifying feature. After receiving the eighth starting spot for the main event, Sanders progressively worked his way forward to take over the top spot with just six laps remaining in the 30 lapper. Sanders held off Brandon Davis and Terry Phillips in the closing laps for the victory. Davis and Phillips finished second and third, while Zack VanderBeek and Jason Hughes rounded out the top five finishers.

After Round #1 of the WMDTC Sanders leads the overall point standings ahead of Phillips, Davis, Hughes, Austin Siebert, and VanderBeek, locking him into third starting spot for Saturday night's $20,000-to-win finale.

When the green flag dropped on Saturday's 100 lapper, Craig Thatcher grabbed the early lead with Brent Larson and Sanders in tow. Larson took the top spot from Thatcher with seven laps complete, but Sanders disposed of Larson three laps later and took control. Larson kept Sanders within striking distance until Brandon Davis claimed the second spot with 30 laps complete. Jason Hughes moved to third on lap 37 before the race's first caution occurred one lap later. ( Photo)

Back under green Hughes scooted around Davis and set his sights on Sanders. Sanders and Hughes broke away from the pack over the next twenty laps as Terry Phillips moved into third and slowly closed the gap between himself and the lead duo. With the leaders working lapped traffic, the race's second and final yellow flag waved with fourteen laps to go.

Hughes applied pressure to Sanders after the restart, and got underneath him briefly on lap 94, but Sanders soon pulled away and never saw the nose of Hughes' machine again. Sanders rolled into Victory Lane as the winner of the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship, increasing his USMTS win streak to eight. ( Photo)

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July 23rd, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Featured in Dirt Cast Sound Off
2013 USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, joined Dirt Cast to talk about his hot streak, winning the last four events, staying humble about the run of success, the upcoming World Modified Dirt Track Championship at Deer Creek Speedway, what the event will offer the fans, the importance of this race, the upcoming Hunt for the Casey's National Championship, his late model results and his expectations for the weekend.

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July 19th, 2014 - Sanders Sweeps Silver Dollar Nationals for Second Straight Year!
Rodney Sanders won his third straight United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event during the opening round of the Silver Dollar Nationals on Friday night at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska).

Thirty-three entries converged on the high-banked, 1/2 mile oval, and a win in his heat race win sent Sanders to the redraw for the $3,000-to-win feature event, where he received the eighth starting spot. 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 second spot as he set his sights on the leader, Terry Phillips. The duo battle for the top spot for the next several laps before Sanders took control just past the halfway mark. Once out front Sanders drover away from the field, and crossed the finish line first ahead of Dylan Smith, Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, and Jason Hughes. (Lloyd Collins Photo)

Rodney was far from finished with business on Saturday night as he set his sights on his sixth straight victory with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds. Preliminary action found him starting deep in the grid for a heat race, but managed a fourth place finish to lock into the twelfth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Despite starting mid-pack Sanders had raced his way into the top five by the halfway point and would soon find himself in the second position. Sanders slowly reeled in race leader Terry Phillips, as the two once again went to battle for the top spot. The duo went door-to-door for the next ten laps before Sanders took the lead on lap 37. Rodney held on for the final three circuits to collect the $4,000 pay check over Phillips, Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, and Stormy Scott. (Lloyd Collins Photo)

Full results from the weekend are available at

Rodney also competed with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) over the course of the weekend in the $30,000-to-win event. With fifty-four Super Late Models entered Rodney locked into the thirteenth starting spot in the 80 lap finale via heat race action on Friday night. Unfortunately a mechanical failure in Saturday's main event forced Sanders to retire to a 23rd place finish. Full results from the LOLMDS program are available at

July 16th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Goes Back-to-Back with Caney Valley Victory
Less than 24 hours after winning the feature race at Lakeside Speedway, Rodney Sanders was back in Victory Lane on Wednesday night at Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kansas). Nineteen United States Modified Series (USMTS) competitors registered for the $2,000-to-win program. A third place finish in the first heat race was enough to earn Rodney a spot in the redraw, and for the second straight night he drew the pole position for the main event. Sanders led all forty laps of the finale en route to his second victory in as many nights over Zack VanderBeek, Joe Duvall, John Allen, and Dylan Smith. Full results from the event are available at

July 15th, 2014 - Sanders Scores USMTS Victory at Lakeside; Tenth with LOLMDS
Rodney Sanders resumed action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Tuesday evening at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) in a $3,000-to-win USMTS program. A strong field of thirty-six cars filled the pit area, and a seventh to second run in heat race action earned Sanders a spot in the evenings redraw. Rodney drew the pole position for the 35 lap finale with Darron Fuqua alongside.

In the feature Rodney assumed the point at the drop of the green flag and set out to a comfortable lead during the first half of the event. A couple of late-race cautions allowed Nic Bidinger to show the nose of their cars, with Phillips sliding in front of Sanders to lead the 25th lap. Sanders returned to the top spot on the next circuit and pulled away from the field over the final laps to his twelfth USMTS victory of the season. Phillips settled in second followed by Bidinger, Zack VanderBeek, and Trevor Hunt.

Full results from the event are available at

Rodney also entered the $10,000-to-win, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) program at Lakeside Speedway on Tuesday night. Thirty-one Super Late Models registered for battle, and a second place finish behind Jared Landers in heat race action positioned Rodney starting eighth on the feature grid. During the course of the 50-lapper Sanders battled amongst the top then throughout the event before settling to a tenth place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the event can be found at

July 13th, 2014 - Sanders Pulls Double Duty at Deer Creek Speedway
Rodney Sanders traveled to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) over the weekend. Saturday night's program was nixed by rain and moved to Sunday evening. The World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series sanctioned the annual Gopher 50, which posted an $11,000 top prize for Super Late Model competitors. Thirty-one entries filled the pit area at the 3/8 mile oval, and sixth place finish in heat race action position Rodney starting sixteenth in the 50 lap main event. In the feature Sanders battled around mid-pack for the first half of the event before overheating issues brought his night to an end, resulting in an eighteenth place finish. Full results from the event are available at

In USRA Open Wheel Modified competition Rodney started second in his heat race and won, earning him a spot in the evening's redraw. He received the eleventh starting spot in the 35 lap feature, and ran as high as fourth in the main event before contact with the outside wall on lap twenty. Sanders rebounded to twelfth before ultimately retiring to a sixteenth place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the program are available at

July 5th, 2014 - Sanders Victorious in River City Rumble at Mississippi Thunder
The Fourth of July weekend found Rodney entering a pair of Open Wheel Modified events in Wisconsin and Minnesota in his #20 Swan Energy Open Wheel Modified.

On Friday night the 6th 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 thirty-two entries in the pits Sanders finished second in his heat race, which positioned him starting fourth on the grid in the finale. In the feature Sanders cleaned the slate with a dominant run to the checkers, netting a total of $3,250 for his efforts. He was followed across the finish line by Bob Timm, Brad Waits, Lucas Schott, and Eric Pember rounding out the top five finishers. Full results from the program are available at

The team made the trek to Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) on Saturday evening for the opening round of the 10th Annual Minnesota Modified Nationals. Rodney started ninth in his preliminary heat race and charged to a second place finish. Unfortunately terminal issues would render him unable to compete in Friday night's qualifying feature, and send him to a b-main on Saturday night.

Sanders rented a power plant for Saturday's b-main where he would roll off from the second row. Rodney was running third in the b-main with high hopes of locking into the $10,001-to-win finale when a mechanical failure brought his night to an early end.

Full results from the event are available at