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June 29th, 2014 - Sanders Closes out USMTS Weekend with Outlaw Victory
Rodney Sanders closed out a busy week with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) by parking his #20 Swan Energy Open Wheel Modified in Victory Lane at Outlaw Motorsports Park (Muskogee, Oklahoma).

A field of thirty-two entries assembled at the 3/8 mile oval for a $2,000-to-win program. A second place finish in heat race action earned Sanders a spot in the redraw, where he was the recipient of the second starting position alongside Jay Sale for the 30 lap feature.

From outside the front row, Sanders bolted to the race lead with Stormy Scott in tow. Scott followed Sanders for the first nineteen laps until Sanders' machine pushed up the track, allowing Scott to pull alongside. The two made contact and Scott blasted one of the infield yuke tires causing damage to his entry. From the point Scott was never able to make a serious bid for the lead as began to fade. Later in the race Jeremy Payne and Johnny Scott moved in to challenge the leader but neither were ever in contention as Sanders went on to claim the his second win in three nights with the USMTS tour. Johnny Scott settled in second followed by Jeremy Payne third, while Bryan Rowland, and Thomas Tillison Jr. rounded out the top five finishers. (Troy Martin Photo)

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


June 28th, 2014 - Sanders Claims Tenth USMTS Victory at Southern Oklahoma
The United State Modified Touring Series (USMTS) took the #20 Swan Energy team to Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma) on Saturday night for a $2,000-to-win program.

A stout field of forty-two Open Wheel Modified entered the event. Rodney won his heat race, which sent him to the redraw for the 40 lap feature. In the redraw he received the seventh starting spot. Polesitter Adam Pen led the first three laps before Daniel Hilsabeck snuck underneath to lead lap four. Sanders soon made it a three wide battle for the top spot as the trio exited turn two, and then powered away down the backstretch.

Rodney dominated the remainder of the affair, lapping more than half the field en route to his tenth USMTS victory of the season. Over eight seconds behind, Daniel Hilsabeck finished second followed by Adam Penn, Bryan Rowland, and Chris Henigan. (Debra Hix Photo)

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


June 27th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Enters USMTS Southern Swing
After a pair of rain-outs to start the week off, Rodney Sanders resumed action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday night at Grayson County Speedway (Bells, Texas).

With forty entries filling the pit area at the 1/4 mile oval Rodney locked into the tenth starting spot for the $2,000-to-win feature after finish third in his heat race. During the course of the 40 lap main event Sanders advanced to a solid third place finish behind race winner Chris Brown, and Stormy Scott.

Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas) was the destination for the team on Friday evening as a $2,000-to-win race was contested. Forty-four entries took to the oval, and Rodney drew the fifth starting spot for his heat race. He went on to finish second behind Kelly Shryock to earn a spot in the evenings redraw. Sanders received the second starting spot in the feature by virtue of the draw. Two early cautions waved before the first lap could be completed, the second of which send polesitter Wesley Veal to the back of the pack, moving Sanders to the pole. Unfortunately when the race went green a broken lift arm forced Sanders to the pit area just after completing the first lap, bringing his night to an early end.

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


June 21st, 2014 - Sanders Continues USMTS Stretch with Runner-Up Finishes
The team continued their busy stretch with the United State Modified Touring Series (USMTS) into the weekend with events in Oklahoma and Texas.

Friday evening the USMTS tour took the team to Elk City Speedway (Elk City, Oklahoma) for a $2,000-to-win program, as thirty-four entries filled the pit area. A sixth place finish in heat race action locked Sanders into the thirteenth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. In the feature Rodney moved into the top five by lap 15, and went on to finish second behind race winner, Stormy Scott. Daniel Hilsabeck, Dereck Ramirez, and Kelly Shryock completed the remainder of the top five.

On Saturday night the USMTS Open Wheel Modified warriors invaded Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas) to do battle for another $2,000 winner's check. A stout field of forty-one competitors were on hand, and a heat race win locked Sanders into the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the sixth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Rodney worked his way into the second spot early in the feature, and although he kept race leader Stormy Scott in sight he was unable to challenge for the lead and had to settle for runner-up behind Scott. Clyde Dunn Jr., Dereck Ramirez, and Gene Weaver rounded out the top five finishers.

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


June 19th, 2014 - Sanders Nips VanderBeek for Impressive 81 Speedway Victory
Rodney Sanders was back in Victory Lane with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday evening at 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas). Sanders prevailed over Zack VanderBeek by eleven one-thousandths of a second in a finish that is sure to be talked about for years to come. (Dusty Wiegert Photos)

Thirty competitors entered the event, and a heat race win once again sent Sanders to the redraw for the feature, where he received the second starting spot alongside Dallas Everett. From the outside front row, Sanders blasted to the race lead at the drop of the green flag. Rodney held a commanding lead out front until the race's first yellow flag slowed the action on lap eighteen. Sanders fended off second running Zack VanderBeek through two more caution periods before the third and final yellow flag waved with three to go.

This time, Sanders couldn't shake VanderBeek, and the two raced door-to-door with Sanders pounding the cushion around the 3/8 mile while VanderBeek ran low. A bobble by Sanders allowed VanderBeek to inch ahead at the white flag. The duo when wheel-to-wheel through the first turn and drag-raced down the back-stretch. VanderBeek exited turn four with about a half-car-length advantage, but Sanders held the momentum around the top as he took the checkered flag, nipping VanderBeek at the line for the $2,000 victory. Kelly Shryock, Thomass Tillison Jr., and Dylan Smith rounded out the top five finishers.

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


June 18th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Kicks off 10 Races in 12 Days with USMTS
The team kicked off a busy stretch with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Wednesday evening at Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri). Thirty-four Open Wheel Modified warriors registered for the $2,000-to-win event, and Rodney mounted a charge from seventh to finish third in heat race action. As a result Sanders earned a spot in the evening’s redraw where he was the recipient of the outside pole position alongside Jeremy Payne.

Sanders grabbed the lead at the drop of flag from Payne, but Payne held his ground while Zack VanderBeek made it a three-car battle at the front of the pack. After leading the first 23 circuits, the right rear tire of Sanders' machine teetered over the top of the embankment exiting turn two, allowing both VanderBeek and Stormy Scott to slip by. From that point VanderBeek went on to claim the win followed by Stormy Scott, and Sanders in third. Dylan Smith and Bryan Rowland rounded out the top five finishers.

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


June 13th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Pull Double Duty at Cedar Lake
Rodney Sanders made the trek to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) for the 16th Annual MASTERS event. Sanders pulled double duty competing in both the UMP Summer Nationals Super Late Model program, and the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event.

Super Late Model action on Friday night saw thirty-two entries registered for battle. Rodney charged to a heat race win to earn the outside front row starting spot alongside Brandon Sheppard for the 40 lap finale. Sanders battled at the front of the pack throughout the $5,000-to-win event before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner, Rick Eckert, and Bobby Pierce. Brian Birkhofer and Billy Moyer rounded out the top five finishers.

Complete results from the program are available at www.TheHellTour.com

Thirty-three Open Wheel Modified filled the pit area on Friday evening for the USMTS portion of the event. Rodney won his qualifying heat race, positioning him starting seventh in the $2,000-to-win main event. During the course of the 35 lap feature Sanders raced throughout the top ten before ultimately registering an eighth place finish at the checkered flag.

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


June 7th, 2014 - Sanders Closes Out Busy Weekend in Victory Lane at I-90
Friday night the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Open Wheel Modifieds invaded Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa).

Twenty-six competitors registered for battle in the $2,000-to-win program, and via a second place finish in heat race action Sanders earned the sixth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Rodney progressively worked his way forward during the course of the feature before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner, Zack VanderBeek, and Stormy Scott. Joey Jensen and Jason Krohn rounded out the top five finishers.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at I-90 Speedway (Hartford, South Dakota) for a $2,000-to-win USMTS event. Twenty-three Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand, and Sanders won his heat race from the pole position to move onto the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the third starting spot for the 40 lap affair. Rookie of the Year contender Jeremy Houle led the first nine laps of the race before Johnny Scott took command on lap ten following a restart. Sanders powered ahead of Scott on lap eighteen but Scott did not give up easily fighting back for the top spot. After nearly making contact with Sanders, Scott spun and was forced to tag the rear of the field.

From that point Sanders blasted away from the field, and eventually took the checkered flag with nearly a seven-second lead over second-place finisher Jon Tesch. Jeremy Houle, Zack VanderBeek, and Joey Jensen completed the rest of the top five. (Calvin Kroger Photo)

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


June 5th, 2014 - Sanders Two-for-Two with Fairmont Victory Thursday Night
Thursday night found the team pitted at Fairmont Speedway (Fairmont, Minnesota) for another $2,000-to-win program with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) warriors. (Buck Monson Photo)

Twenty-eight Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand for the event, and Sanders won his heat race from the fourth starting spot to move into the redraw for the feature, where he earned the pole position for the 30 lap finale with Pat Graham alongside.

When the race went green Sanders took the lead on the opening lap with Dereck Ramirez giving chase. Stormy Scott had moved into the second spot by lap ten and began pressuring Sanders for the top spot. Meanwhile, seventeenth starting Zack VanderBeek made his way into the top five as the field saw the halfway signal. With just two laps to go VanderBeek drove by Scott for second and began to run down Sanders. However, time would run out as Sanders held on for the flag-to-flag victory over Vanderbeek, Scott, Kelly Shryock, and Daniel Hilsabeck.

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


June 4th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Back in Victory Lane with USMTS Modifieds
The team was set to open a busy weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Tuesday night at Marshalltown Speedway however, the event was washed away by rain. As a result, action got underway on Wednesday night at Hancock County Speedway (Britt, Iowa). (Buck Monson Photo)

Twenty-one competitors registered for battle, and via a second place finish in heat race action Sanders earned a spot in the evenings redraw. Rodney later drew the third starting position on the grid for the $2,000-to-win finale. When the feature went green, Stormy Scott took the race lead from the pole position with Johnny Scott, Zack Vanderbeek, and Sanders all in tow. Several lead changes occurred in the early laps as the top four battled closely for much of the race. Sanders would power past Johnny Scott for the top spot on lap 35, and then proceed to open up a two-second advantage over the final five laps to the finish line. Johnny Scott settled in second followed by Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, and Kelly Shryock.

Full results are available at www.USMTS.com