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August 22, 2020 - Rodney Sanders claims two-win USMTS weekend
1On Friday Rodney Sanders raced to the 105th United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) triumph of his career with a win at Lake Ozark Speedway.

The next night at Salina Highbanks Speedway, the driver of the Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified was at it again with his second-straight victory.

The weekend victories pushed Sanders’ 2020-win tally to 16.

On Thursday Sanders kicked off the weekend at Dallas County Speedway in Urbana, Mo. for the second annual Bullring Bash. In a field of 29 cars, Sanders recorded a fourth-place finish in his heat race, transferring him into the B-Main for another shot at the opening night feature.

Gaining one spot to take home the 10-lap victory, Rodney earned the 13th-starting position for the A-Main. Breaking into the Top-5, Sanders marched forward nine spots to register a fourth-place finish behind Tony Jackson Jr., Joe Duvall, and Terry Phillips with Jason Hughes coming in fifth.

The following night at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. for the Battle at the Beach, Rodney secured his spot into the main event with a runner-up finish in his heat behind Dereck Ramirez. (Rich LaBrier photo | Dirtman Photography)

Overtaking Ramirez on the fifth lap, Sanders cruised to his 15th win of the season over Ramirez, Tyler Wolff, Jason Hughes, and Tanner Mullens. Taking the checkers 3.502 seconds ahead of Ramirez, Sanders pocketed $3,000.

For the 8th Annual ARMI Salute to our Veterans on Saturday evening at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., Sanders passed four cars in his heat race to place second behind Jason Hughes. (Brenda Dilbeck photo | No Limit Photography)

Earning the third-starting position for the A-Main, Rodney overtook polesitter Jared Russell for the lead on the fifth lap and paced the field for the next 27 circuits on the bottom groove.

With Tyler Wolff blasting past for the lead on the high-side after a caution, Sanders remained consistent on the bottom as Wolff began battling the cushion in the closing laps.

Sneaking back by Wolff on the white flag, Rodney rolled to his second-straight win over Wolff, Terry Phillips, Jake O’Neil, and Tanner Mullens. Collecting a $3,000 prize, Rodney Sanders tailed his 16th win of 2020.

“There was little bit of moisture on the bottom but it was kind of slimy if you got too low,” Sanders revealed in victory lane. “I felt like if I hit my marks I was good down there, but you had to be so slow. We lapped a car and I felt better in the middle and then Tyler came flying by me.

“Him and his dad help me a lot. If I couldn't have won this deal I was hoping it’d be him.”

The Wolff family’s Arkansas Myriad, Inc. (ARMI) is a sponsor on Sanders’s MBC Customs ride—as well as many other competitors—and picked up the tab to give free admission to veterans and active military attending Saturday night’s 8th Annual ARMI Salute to our Veterans

The USMTS returns to action Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 4-6. The traditional Labor Day excursion includes stops at Chateau Speedway in Lansing, Minn. on Friday followed by Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. On Saturday. The weekend wraps up Sunday at Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa.

Rodney strengthened his lead to 151 points over Dereck Ramirez for the lead in the latest USMTS National Championship point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com.

August 8, 2020 - Sanders sneaks by Ramirez in thriller at 81 Speedway
Rodney Sanders picked up his 14th win of 2020 on Thursday night in his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified. (Tyler Rinken photo)

The Texas racer topped the United States Modified Touring Series (UMSTS) field in thrilling fashion at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans.

Sanders went into battle against a stout field of 42 UMSTS entries at 81 Speedway. Charging forward five spots in his heat race, Sanders scored a third place finish, which positioned him sixth on the starting grid for the A-Main.

1With a three-car battle taking place up front in the first half of the feature, Rodney began closing the distance on race-leader Dereck Ramirez in the final five circuits. After sliding ahead of Ramirez for the lead on lap 37, Dereck edged ahead of Sanders to lead the next two circuits.

With the pair side-by-side on the final lap, Sanders took the checkers 0.249 seconds ahead of Ramirez to secure his 14th win of the season. Ramirez was second, with Terry Phillips, Jason Hughes, and Zack VanderBeek completing the Top-5. He earned a $2,500 payday for late-race triumph.

“Man, Dereck was really good tonight and I was just trying to keep it straight off the corner because if I hit it straight off the bottom there was a lot of traction,” said Sanders as he celebrated his series-best sixth win at the 81 Speedway. “It was a lot of fun. Dereck’s probably the cleanest driver there is out there I feel like, so I can always race him clean and we always race each other hard but it seems like we never touch. That was a lot of fun and it was a hell of a night.”

On Friday afternoon at Humboldt (Kans.) Speedway for the 14th annual Summer Fling, Rodney logged a fifth-place finish in his heat race, sending him to the B-Main. Coming in third, Sanders locked into the 17th-starting position for the $3,000-to-win A-Main. Gaining three spots in the 40-lap affair, Rodney logged a 14th place outing.

The following night at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., Sanders recorded a seventh-place finish in his heat before placing 13th in his B-Main. Relying on a USMTS points provisional to the 40-lap Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout, Rodney charged forward 19 spots to register a sixth-place finish.

Rodney sits 104 markers ahead of Dereck Ramirez in the latest USMTS National Championship point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com.