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November 22nd, 2014 - Sanders Has Strong Showing in Inaugural Turkey Hunt
Another busy weekend for Rodney Sanders found the team pitted at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) for the Inaugural Turkey Hunt at the 3/8 mile oval. Rodney pulled double duty, competing in both the Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified ranks. Jim Rosas Photography

Twenty-two Super Late Models filled the pit area for the opening round on Friday night, which boosted a $2,500 top prize for competitors. Sanders won his preliminary heat race to lock into the outside-front-row for the 25 lap feature. When the race went green, Rodney assumed the point from pole sitter, Mercedes Abercrombie exiting turn four on the first lap. Sanders showed the way for much of the race, fending off a hard charging Billy Moyer Jr. in the process. However, his efforts would only pay off until the final restart with just three laps remaining when Moyer Jr. used the high to take control off turn two. Moyer Jr. led the final circuits to score the win while Sanders settled in second. Don Shaw, R.C. Whitwell and Jason Krohn rounded out the top five finishers.

In the Open Wheel Modified main event, Sanders charged front his fourth starting spot to claim his 37th victory of the season aboard his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified. Rodney picked up $1,000 for his efforts, and was followed across the finish line by Dave Mass, Fito Gallardo, Jake Gallardo and Royal Jones.

On Saturday night the winner's check increased to $3,000 for Super Late Models, and a heat race win positioned Rodney starting fourth in the 30 lap finale. Throughout the duration of the main event, Sanders hunted race-leader Billy Moyer Jr. but ultimately settled to a second place finish behind Moyer Jr. at the checkered flag. Completing the top five finishers were Jason Krohn, Don Shaw and Garrett Alberson.

The Open Wheel Modified division once again posted a $1,000 top prize, and Sanders used a second place finish in his heat race to lock into the fourth starting spot for the feature. Rodney battled amongst the top five during the course of the main event before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner, Fito Gallardo and Jake Gallardo. Philip Houston and Dave Mass completed the top five.

Complete results from the event can be found at www.EPSpeedwayPark.com


November 8th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Rockets to Victory Lane on Friday Night
What is likely to be his final event of the 2014 campaign, Rodney Sanders entered the opening round of the 8th Annual Winter Nationals on Thursday night at Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana).

The $2,000-to-win program, which was sanctioned by the United State Modified Touring Series (USMTS) drew a stout field of sixty-six Open Wheel Modified warriors to the 1/4 mile oval. Sanders mounted an impressive charge from his eleventh starting spot to finish fourth in his heat race, securing him the ninth starting position on the feature grid. Unfortunately, just beyond the halfway point in the 30 lapper Rodney suffered a broken driveshaft, ending his night with a disappointing 21st place finish.

Round #2 of the 8th Annual Winter Nationals saw Sanders enjoy a much better outing following mechanical issues the night before. Friday night's program boosted a $3,000 top prize, and Rodney would storm from deep in the field to claim his 27th USMTS victory of the season. Scott Burson Photo

In preliminary action Sanders advanced from ninth to finish fourth in his heat race, which send him to a b-main. In the b-main Rodney recorded a second place finish, earning him the sixteenth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. "The Rocket" used the high side to make his way to the front, and was up to seventh at the halfway point.

Still sitting sixth with 11 laps to go, Sanders discovered a new line through the middle of the track and began to narrow the gap between himself and the leaders. He used the bottom groove to make his move on race-long leader, Chris Brown on lap 36.

The duo fought hard for the final five laps but it was Sanders who picked up his first career victory at the 3/8 mile oval while Brown settled for second place. Kelly Shryock, Chris Henigan and Steve Whiteaker Jr. rounded out the top five finishers.

The $4,000-to-win 8th Annual Winter Nationals finale was contested on Saturday night, and seventy Open Wheel Modifieds were registered for battle. Preliminary action saw Sanders claiming a heat race win to earn a spot in the redraw, where he received the sixth starting position on the feature grid.

Sanders wasted no time getting to the front, taking the advantage from early leader, David Winslett on lap thirteen. Kelly Shryock followed in second one circuit later and began hounding Sanders for the top spot. Shryock pulled along Sanders on several occasions before making the winning pass in turn two on lap sixteen. Shryock led the remaining laps while Sanders settled in second. Cade Dillard, Stormy Scott and Winslett would round out the top five finishers. Ron Skinner Photo

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


November 1st, 2014 - Sanders Finds Victory Lane on Night #2 of Halloween Havoc
The 2014 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) National Champion returned to action with the tour over the weekend, competing in the Inaugural Halloween Havoc at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma).

Thursday night's, $2,000-to-win opening event drew a solid field of thirty-six entries to the 3/8 mile oval, and in preliminary action Rodney advanced from the fifth starting to finish third in his heat race, which locked him into the elventh starting spot for the 30 lap feature. Sanders went on to finish second in the main event behind race winner, Stormy Scott. Completing the top five were Cade Dillard, Kelly Shryock and Jeremy Payne.

Friday evening saw the winner's check increased to $3,000, with thirty-seven entries registered for battle. Rodney charged to a convincing heat race win, which sent him to the redraw where he was the recipient of the second starting position for the 40 lap main event.

When the race went green, Sanders out-dueled polesitter Kelly Shryock to lead the first lap. After holding a comfortable lead over Shryock for most of the race, with five laps remaining Sanders used a slide job to get around the lapped car of Clyde Dunn Jr. and secure the victory. Debra Hix Photo

“It locked down around the top a little past halfway there, and I was just following Clyde around where it was fast,” Sanders said after the race. “I figured if I had any kind of lead I probably lost it while I was following so I knew I had to do something.”

Sanders held Shryock at bay over the final laps to cross the finish line with a half-second advantage over the nine-time USMTS National Champion. Following the lead duo to the checkered flag were Grant Junghans, Jeremy Payne and Jason Hughes.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night, as a stout field of forty-five Open Wheel Modifieds registered to chase the $4,000 top prize. Heat race action saw Rodney only managing a fourth place finish, which forced him to run a b-main. He advanced from the third starting spot to win the b-main, locking him into the fourteenth starting spot on the feature grid. During the course of the 50 lap finale, Sanders rocketed past seventh other competitors to record a seventh place finish in the final rundown.

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