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October 28, 2018 - Runner-up Finish in USRA Fall Nationals at SNMS
1Rodney Sanders was one of 50 USRA Modifieds signed in at Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) on Thursday night kicking off the 19th annual USRA Fall Nationals. Passing four cars in his heat, Sanders streaked to an 8-lap heat race victory positioning him 8th on the starting grid for the opening night feature. Reeling in a podium finish, Rodney improved five spots in the 25-lapper to place 3rd behind Jake O’Neil and Johnny Scott with Jake Gallardo and Dereck Ramirez completing the Top-5 finishers.

With his spot already locked into Saturday’s finale, Sanders sat out Friday’s program to prepare for the main event. Rolling off 5th, Rodney Sanders jumped up three spots notching a 2nd place finish behind Johnny Scott with Jake O’Neil, Zack VanderBeek and Stormy Scott trailing them to the checkers.

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October 21, 2018 - Sanders Records a Trio of Podium Finishes in USRA Nationals; Bags 12th Win of the Season at Elk City
1Thursday night saw Rodney Sanders return to action at I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri) for the 5th annual Summit Racing Equipment USRA Nationals. In a field of 24 Open Wheel Modifieds, Sanders passed five cars in his 8-lap heat race to place 2nd behind Ryan Middaugh. Earning the 7th-starting position for the opening night feature, Rodney passed four cars reeling in a 3rd place finish behind Ryan Gustin and Darron Fuqua with Ryan Gillmore and Dennis Elliott rounding out the Top-5.

The following night, Sanders started the night off with a heat race victory positioning him on the pole for the $500-to-win A-Main. Dropping one spot in the 20-lap affair, Rodney posted a runner-up finish behind Ryan Gustin with Ryan Gilmore, Cody Simpson, and Dennis Elliott trailing them to the checkers.

On Saturday evening with his spot already locked into the finale, Sanders notched a 2nd place finish behind Ryan Gustin in the Pole Dash locking him into the 2nd-starting spot for the A-Main. With $4,000 on the line, Rodney held his spot for all 50-laps registering a 2nd place finish behind Gustin with Darron Fuqua, Ryan Gilmore, and Jake Timm completing the Top-5 finishers.

1Sunday night found Sanders in action at Elk City Motor Speedway (Elk City, Oklahoma) for the Winter Nationals. With 15 Open Wheel Modifieds on hand, Rodney locked his spot into the A-Main with 8-lap heat race victory. Rolling off 3rd, Rodney Sanders outran 2nd-starting Cole Traugott to pick up his 12th win of the season. Traugott, Logan Robertson, Kale Westover, and Bobby Mayfield rounded out the Top-5 finishers in the 20-lap affair. (Tyler Rinken Photography)

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