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March 29th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Wins King of America IV at Humboldt!
1Rodney Sanders traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for the King of America IV, which posted a $10,000 top prize in the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) and United States Racing Association (USRA) co-sanctioned event. (Lloyd Collins Photo)

Ninety-three of the top competitors in the nation converged on the facility for the three day affair, which included double heat races on Thursday and Friday evening as drivers accumulated points toward Saturday night's finale. On Thursday evening Sanders finished fourth in the first heat before charging from his eighth starting spot to a second place finish in the second heat. Rodney went on to finish eighth in the sixteen lap preliminary A-Main.

1On Friday evening Sanders rocketed from his eleventh starting spot to finish second in the first rounds of heat races before scoring the win in the second heat race after starting second. Rodney claimed a convincing victory in the sixteen lap preliminary feature and the $1,000 payday. As a result of his performance in the two nights of preliminary action, Sanders scored at the top of the point’s chart which earned him the pole position for Saturday night's 100 lap finale. (Mike Spivey Photo)

When action got underway on Saturday night, Sanders led the first lap of the main event before outside front row starter Jordan Grabouski claimed the lead entering the first turn on the next circuit. After the first caution waved on lap sixteen, Derek Ramirez moved past Sander briefly for second before Sanders reclaimed the spot two laps later. Sixth starting Brandon Davis took the runner-up spot from Sanders following a lap 34 restart but Sanders would once again assume the position on lap 64.

By this time Grabouski was working heavy lap traffic, allowing Sanders to pull up to his rear bumper. With the racing surface beginning to show signs of rubber, passing grew increasingly difficult. Lapped traffic played havoc with Grabouski again on lap 84 and allowed Sanders to slip underneath but he was unable to complete the pass. With Sanders shadowing Grabouski's every move but unable to find a way around, the duo approached a swarm of lap traffic with just seven laps remaining. In a drag race down the back-stretch, Grabouski pulled to the outside to put a lap on Chris Brown while Sanders went to the inside. Entering the corner Sanders and Brown bumped which sent Brown's ride veering into the side of Grabouski, leaving the two sitting idle in the turn three.

With Sanders setting the pace for the restart and making no mistakes over the last seven laps, the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas cruised to his first USMTS victory of the season and fourth thus far in 2014 over Brandon Davis, Daniel Hilsabeck, Stormy Scott, and Zack Vanderbeek.

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


March 22nd, 2014 - Sanders Strong in USMTS Tripleheader Weekend
Rodney opened a tripleheader weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Open Wheel Modifieds. The weekend got underway on Thursday night with a $2,000-to-win event a Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas).

Fifty-one entries were registered for battle, and Sanders locked into the seventh starting spot for the main event after he won his preliminary heat race. In the 40 lap feature, Rodney drove by fourth other competitors in his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified en route to a solid third place finish behind race winner Johnny Scott and Cody Smith.

Friday night found the USMTS tour making their debut appearance at Timberline Speedway (Corley, Texas) as another $2,000-to-win affair was contested. Fifty competitors were registered for battle, and a seventh to third run in heat race action earn Rodney the ninth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. Sanders raced around the top ten for much of the event, and recorded a ninth place finish at the checkered flag.

The busy three day stretch with the USMTS competitors drew to a close on Saturday evening at Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana). Forty-eight competitors converged on the speed plant in pursuit of the $2,000 prize, and Rodney would use a win in b-main action to earn a spot into the main event. In the feature he started thirteenth on the grid for the finale before advancing ten spots to a third place finish behind race winner Chris Henigan and Chris Brown. Stormy Scott and Dereck Ramirez completed the top five.

Complete results are available at www.usmts.com


March 14th, 2014 - Sanders Returns to Action with USMTS at Humboldt
After a very busy weekend last weekend, Rodney traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds for the 9th Annual Spring Fling. An impressive field of fifty-two competitors registered for Friday night's opener, and an eighth to second run in his preliminary heat race earned Sanders a fifth starting spot in the $2,000-to-win main event.

In the 40 lap feature, Rodney was running third when he capitalized on Jake Gallardo's misfortune to take over second after he clipped an infield tire with eleven laps to go. In the closing laps of the caution-free event, Sanders was able to reel in race leader Hunter Rasdon but was never able to make a bid for the lead and would settle for a second place finish behind Rasdon at the checkered flag. Jeremy Payne, Terry Phillips, and Jake Gallardo completed the top five.

Saturday's program at Humboldt Speedway as well as the event scheduled for Sunday, March 16th at West Siloam Speedway were both canceled due to rain/cold conditions.

For more information, visit www.usmts.com


March 8th, 2014 - Busy Weekend for Sanders at Texas Motor Speedway
It was a very busy weekend for Rodney Sanders as he traveled to Texas Motor Speedway (Justin, Texas) for the annual Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship, and competed in all three divisions of Limited Modified, Modified, and Super Late Models. Despite pulling a rare triple duty assignment, it was a very successful weekend for Rodney claiming a win and a pair of top five's across the three competing divisions.

In the Limited Modified division, an impressive 111 entries were on hand to chase the $2,000 payday. Rodney drew the fifth starting spot for his preliminary heat race on Friday night and went on to win it, earning him the seventh starting spot for the A-Main Qualifier. A seventh to fourth in the preliminary feature earned Sanders the outside pole for Saturday night's finale. The defending USMTS Champion and Open Wheel Modified standout dominated the 30 lap feature, using the high line to take the lead on lap three and never looking back from there. Steve Whiteaker Jr. finished second followed by John Whittington, Dough Esterling, and Travis Johnson.

“I felt like if I didn’t mess up and I hit my mark every time, we’d be in pretty good shape,” Sanders said. “I didn’t really know, but I was looking at the board and I knew (Steve) Whiteaker Jr. and (John) Whittington were both good runners. I didn’t know for sure where they were at and if I had a good lead or not so I was just trying to go as good as I could.”

A stacked field of sixty-six Open Wheel Modified competitors were in the pit area, and Rodney started the weekend by advancing from the seventh starting spot to a second place run in his heat race, which positioned him fourth spot for the A-Main Qualifier. Sanders recorded a fourth place finish in Friday night's preliminary feature which locked him into the second spot for Saturday's $3,000-to-win finale. When action ratcheted up on Saturday, Rodney battle the top five for much of the event before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner Cade Dillard and Jason Hughes. John Whittington and Chris Brown completed the remainder of the top five.

In a last minute decision, Rodney piloted future father-in-law Jason Krohn's #7k Krohn Farms/MB Customs/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model during the SUPR Late Model Series program on Saturday. After drawing this sixth starting spot for his heat race and advancing to third, Rodney was locked into the eighth spot for the $3,500-to-win main event. During the course of the 40 lap feature, Sanders drove to a solid fifth place finish behind race winner Morgan Bagley, Chris Brown, Ryan Gustin, and Jon Mitchell.

Full results from all three divisions is available at www.texasmotorspeedway.com


March 1st, 2014 - Sanders Travels to Southern New Mexico for Winter Meltdown
Rodney Sanders took his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified into battle at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds.

Forty-five entries registered for battle in the $2,000-to-win race. A fifth to second run in heat race action sent Sanders to the redraw for the feature, where he received the sixth starting spot. During the course of the 35 lap main event, Rodney dropped three spots to a ninth place finish.

On Friday evening, action continued from Southern New Mexico Speedway with Round #2 of the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown. The 3,000-to-win event drew another forty-five competitors and Rodney was locked into the eighth starting spot for the main event via his heat race win. Sanders advanced from his fourth row starting spot to record a solid third place finish in the 40 lap feature behind race winner Johnny Scott and Dereck Ramirez. Dylan Smith and Jordan Grabouski complete the top five.

Forty-two drivers registered for the $4,000-to-win Winter Meltdown finale on Saturday night. Rodney failed to make the transfer into the main event via heat race action, but a fourth place finish in the b-main locked him into the 20th starting spot for the feature. Sanders rocketed by 14 other competitors during the 50 lap feature to a sixth place finish, earning him the Hard Charger of the Race award.

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