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July 20, 2019 - Rodney Sanders Sweeps Silver Dollars Nationals Weekend at I-80
I-80 Speedway has been very good to Rodney Sanders over the past several years. This past weekend was no different. The Texas racer piloted his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified to the $8,000 victory in the ninth annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals. (Tyler Rinken photos)

“Something about I-80 Speedway has always fit my driving style, and I always love going there,” Sanders said. “Drawing the pole position for the finale was a big deal on Saturday night because it allowed me to start in clean air and pick the best line. We were on cruise control until the caution flew with three laps to go. I knew as long as I didn’t spin my tires on the restart that we had the car to win.

“Everything worked out perfectly and we got the win. This week we’re putting a new car together and will hopefully have it ready for Deer Creek and Mississippi Thunder Speedway this weekend.”

1Friday night found Rodney Sanders in action at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska) for the opening round of the ninth annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals. With 26 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) entries on hand for the preliminary feature, Rodney secured his spot into the main event with a heat race victory.

Running the 30-lap feature in two segments, Sanders finished second behind Terry Phillips with Dereck Ramirez, R.C. Whitwell, and Hunter Marriott trailing them to the checkers.

In the second 15-lap segment, Rodney captured his seventh win of the season over Jason Hughes, Dereck Ramirez, Terry Phillips, and Hunter Marriott. He bagged a $1,000 payday for his efforts.

Returning on Saturday with the pole position already locked into the finale, Sanders led flag-to-flag en route to his eighth win of the season and an $8,000 prize. Jason Hughes, Ryan Gustin, Jake Timm, and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the Top-5 finishers.

The weekend triumphs increased his winning percentage at the 4/10-mile oval. He’s now won 10 of the last 12 races there.

With his performance over the weekend, Rodney clinched the USMTS Northern Lights Series championship and the USMTS Mid-American Series championship. He also extended his advantage atop the USMTS point standings.

For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com.

July 12, 2019 - Sanders Tallies Sixth Win of Season at Fountain City, Nets $2,000
Rodney Sanders returned to Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) on Friday evening powering his ARMI Contractors No. 20 Open Wheel Modified for the Hurco & Stone Machinery Night. In a field of 16 cars, Sanders locked his spot into the A-Main with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Jake Timm. Rolling off 5th, Rodney outran Dustin Sorenson to capture his sixth win of the season and $2,000 payday after receiving a $500 bonus for his third straight victory. Sorenson, Jake Timm, Josh Angst, and Brad Waits trailed him to the checkers.

For more results from this event, please visit www.MississippiThunder.com.

July 5, 2019 - Rodney Sanders Sweeps River City Rumble at Fountain City
Rodney Sanders broke out the broom in the 11th annual River City Rumble at Wisconsin’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Rodney claimed over $4,000 for his winning performances on Thursday and Friday night behind the wheel of his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs Modified. (Dan Bailey photos)

On Saturday evening he finished one spot short of a $10,000 bonus during the Modified portion of the 40th annual Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway.

“We had great weekend of racing. We were able to sweep both nights at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and then we came real close to a big payday on Saturday night at Deer Creek Speedway,” Sanders noted. “The track at Deer Creek was in great shape, and I had a really good car, so I thought it was worth taking a shot at the bonus. We started in the 12th position and got to second, which left us just short of winning the bonus money. It was a bummer, but still a great night.

“I would like to thank everyone that helps our racing program. We’ve got a lot of great folks behind us, who make this all possible.”

Thursday night found Rodney Sanders in action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin), where he was piloting his ARMI Contractors No. 20 Open Wheel Modified during the opening round of the 11th Annual River City Rumble.

In a field of 23 USRA Modifieds, Sanders passed five cars in his heat, reeling in a third-place finish. Starting on the pole for the opening night feature, Rodney cruised to his fourth win of the season, which came over Brandon Davis, Dustin Sorenson, A.J. Diemel, and Darrell Nelson.

Returning on Friday evening, Rodney jumped up one spot in his heat race to pick up the 8-lap victory. Receiving the fourth-starting position for the finale, Sanders outran Ryan Gustin in the 30-lapper to capture his fifth win of the season and a $3,000 payday. Gustin, Brandon Davis, Darrell Nelson, and Cory Crapser trailed him to the checkers.

1On Saturday night a $5,000 winner’s check was up for grabs during the 40th annual Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). With 37 entries on hand, Rodney earned a spot in the feature redraw, via his heat race performance. With a $10,000 bonus on the line, courtesy of Tralo Companies, for any driver, who would forfeit his spot in the redraw to start on the sixth row for the 35-lap feature, Sanders accepted the challenge.

The Texas native started 12th on the grid and quickly began clawing his way forward in the pack. Late in the race he worked his way into second, but was unable to reel in Dustin Sorenson. Zack VanderBeek, Brandon Davis, and Josh Angst completed the Top 5.

For more results from these events, please visit www.MississippiThunder.com and www.DeerCreekSpeedway.com.