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September 27th, 2014 - Sanders Tackles Knoxville Late Model Nationals
Rodney Sanders the trip to the famed Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa) over the weekend for the 11th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals at the 1/2 mile oval.

Seventy-nine Super Late Models entered the program, and via time trials Sanders earned the pole position for his heat race. As the race went green he battled at the front of the pack early on before slipping to a seventh place finish, which sent him to the C-Main. In the C-Main Rodney raced to a ninth place finish, but only the top four finishers moved on, bringing his night to an early end.

Another $7,000-to-win, preliminary program was held on Friday night at Knoxville Raceway as the team looked for better luck. With seventy-four entries in the pits Rodney earned the fifth starting spot for his heat race via qualifications. He charged to the win in his heat race, locking him into the outside-front-row for the 25 lap, preliminary feature. When the race went green, Sanders outdueled pole sitter, Shannon Babb to lead lap one. Sanders sprinted out to a comfortable lead at the start of the caution-free affair. Bouncing off the cushion in turn four a few times allowed Brian Birkhofer to close rapidly on Sanders, and making the pass for the lead with 11 laps remaining. Throughout the remainder of the event, Rodney settled to a fifth place finish behind race winner, Birkhofer, Billy Moyer, Steve Francis and Brandon Sheppard.

Via his performances on the preliminary nights Rodney locked into the eleventh starting spot on the grid for the 100 lap, $40,000-to-win finale. Unfortunately, Rodney was an early retiree from the main event as mechanical issues brought his first Knoxville Late Model Nationals start to a disappointing end on lap 23. He was credited with a 33rd place finish in the final standings.

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


September 21st, 2014 - Sanders Wins Fall Jamboree Finale; Claims Second UMSTS National Championship
The final event in the Hunt for the Casey's Cup with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) began on Thursday night with the opening round of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). Rodney Sanders not only raced to his 25th USMTS victory of the season, but clinched his second consecutive USMTS National Championship!

The mega-event opened on Thursday evening with a stout field of ninety-two entries registering for $5,000-to-win event. Sanders entered the event with a comfortable lead atop the points chart. A fifth to second run in his heat race resulted in Rodney going to the redraw, where received the sixth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. In the main event Sanders had made his way into second by lap 15, chasing down early leader, Zack VanderBeek. After trailing VanderBeek for the next ten laps, Sanders took control and went on to score the win over VanderBeek, Jason Krohn, Nate Wasmund, and Jeremy Payne.

Rodney drew the thirteenth starting spot for his heat race on Friday night before advancing to an eighth place finish. As a result he would have to run a b-main, where a seventh to third run earned him the twenty-sixth starting spot on the feature grid. Sanders was battling around mid-pack near the halfway point of the feature when he was involved in two-car tangle that sent him to the pits with a last-place finish.

The weekend was set to come to a close on Saturday however, a day of blue skies and sunshine quickly turned to dark skies, rain and lightning in the early evening and forced the postponement of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree finale until Sunday afternoon.

Sanders started the day with an impressive charge from thirteenth to third in heat race action, sending him to the redraw for the 50 lap, $12,000-to-win finale. Starting the three-wide, 30-car main event from the outside-front-row, Sanders took charge on the opening lap and never looked back. Polesitter, Stormy Scott shadowed Sanders for much of the race as the duo sliced through heavy lap traffic but could never make a bid for the top spot. With five laps remaining, the race's third and final caution waved. Terry Phillips used the opportunity to seize the second spot from Scott on the restart, and set his sights on Sanders.

Sanders kept Phillips at bay for the final five laps to add another crown jewel to his growing list of 2014 conquests. Phillips finished a close second followed by Scott, Brandon Davis and Bryan Rowland.

“At the beginning of the year, I never could have imagined having this kind of season,” Sanders said in victory lane. “I’m so lucky to have the sponsors and crew around me that I do to make this all work. None of this happens without them."

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


September 13th, 2014 - Rodney Sanders Runner-Up at Cedar Lake
Rodney Sanders enjoyed another off-weekend from the USMTS ranks as he traveled to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) over the weekend with his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified to compete in the annual Legendary 100.

On Friday evening, preliminary action was held for the $3,000-to-win main event, and Rodney advanced from seventh to finish fourth in his heat race. As a result, he would start ninth in Saturday night's Legendary 100 finale. In the feature, Sanders advanced from his fifth row starting spot to register a runner-up finish behind race winner, Craig Thatcher. Joey Jensen completed the top three finishers.

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