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October 28th, 2017 - Sanders Wins Modified Portion of Midwest Dirt Track Championship at Thunderbird Speedway
1Pulling double duty in the Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified ranks, Rodney Sanders headed to Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, Oklahoma) on Friday night for the Midwest Dirt Track Championship. In a field of 23 Super Late Models, Sanders followed up the second fastest time overall in qualifying with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Rolling off 8th for the $10,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday, Rodney improved five spots to place 3rd behind Jesse Stovall and Billy Moyer Jr. with Kyle Beard and Payton Looney completing the Top 5 finishers. (Todd Boyd photo)

1In the Open Wheel Modified division, Sanders passed six cars in his heat race registering a 3rd place finish. Earning a spot into the Dash, Rodney recorded a 6th place finish positioning him 6th on the starting grid for the feature on Saturday evening. After working his way into a podium spot by lap-5, Sanders overtook Tyler Wolff following a restart on lap 6. Pulling away from the field in the remaining 14 circuits, Rodney Sanders cruised to his 11th win of the season over Chad Wheeler, Tyler Wolff, Joe Duvall, and Camden Perry. Sanders was awarded a $1,200 payday for his dominant performance in the 20-lap A-Main.

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October 22nd, 2017 - Rodney Sanders Capture Second USRA Fall Nationals Title
1 On Friday night Rodney Sanders returned with the United States Racing Association (USRA) for the 18th annual Rancho Milagro Fall Nationals at Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico). With 58 Open Wheel Modifieds on hand for the three-day event, Sanders improved four spots in his heat race landing a 2nd place finish behind Alan Sharpensteen. Earning the 3rd-starting position for the opening night preliminary feature, Rodney jumped up one spot to place 2nd behind Ricky Thornton Jr. with Johnny Scott, Terry Phillips, and Zane DeVilbiss rounding out the Top 5.

With the Top 5 finishers from preliminary features on Friday and Saturday locked into the A-Main on Sunday, Sanders sat out Saturday’s program to prepare for Sunday.

1Rolling off 3rd on Sunday, Sanders jumped up one spot early in the 50-lapper and trailed Ricky Thornton Jr. until lap 32. Taking advantage of the late-race restart, Rodney slipped past Thornton in the first turn and held off Thornton in the following corner securing the lead. Holding off the field in the remaining 17 circuits, Rodney Sanders charged to his tenth win of the season and a $20,000 payday. Terry Phillips, Ricky Thornton Jr., Zack VanderBeek, and Johnny Scott completed the Top 5 finishers. (Don Iverson photo)

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October 13th, 2017 - Sanders Wins USRA Nationals Opener at I-35 Speedway
1Rodney Sanders returned behind the wheel of his Open Wheel Modified on Thursday at I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri) for the opening night of the 4th annual Summit USRA Nationals. In a field of 33 cars, Rodney passed five cars in his heat to place 3rd. Earning the 2nd-starting position for the opening night feature, Sanders streaked to his ninth win of the season over C.A. Nix, Derrick Hicks, Stormy Scott, and Chad Clancy. He was awarded a $500 payday for his win in the 20-lap affair. (Tyler Rinken photo)

1The following night rolling off on the front row of his heat, Sanders captured an 8-lap heat race victory positioning him 6th on the starting grid for the A-Main. Breaking into a podium spot, Rodney gained four spots in the 20-lapper to place 2nd behind Stormy Scott with Ryan Middaugh, Dennis Elliott, and Jason Cummins rounded out the Top 5 finishers.

Saturday's USRA Nationals finale was cancelled by Mother Nature.

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October 7th, 2017 - Rodney Sanders Crowned Rookie of the Year in MLRA Series
1Consider it mission accomplished for Rodney Sanders. At the beginning of the season the Texas racer set out with the goal of winning the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

With his weekend performances in his Wichita Tank Racing #20 Swan Energy/ MB Customs/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model, Sanders officially claimed the honor. (Todd Boyd photo)

“This was my first year to chase a Super Late Model tour, and the goal was to get seat experience and win the rookie title,” Sanders recounts. “We are very happy to have achieved both of these goals. I have an amazing team and some great sponsors behind me. Without their support this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Rodney Sanders rolled into Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) on Friday for the opening leg of the two-night 4th annual Fall Nationals. The Lucas Oil MLRA sanctioned event drew a field of 31 entries to the 3/8-mile oval. A third-place finish in his heat race, sent Sanders to the 40-lap, $3,000-to-win feature. He would go on to notch an 11th-place finish.

On Saturday evening Sanders battled mechanical issues throughout the night, which forced him to utilize a provisional to start the $5,000-to-win feature. Rodney notched an 18th-place finish in the 50-lap finale.

In addition to winning the Sunoco Rookie Title, Sanders also finished second in the overall standings, behind champion Terry Phillips.

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