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June 20, 2020 - Late-race charge at Rapid Speedway leads to 12th win of 2020
1Make it a dozen. Rodney Sanders drove his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified to his 12th overall win of the season on Friday night.

The victory came at Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa) during the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Iowa Speedweek. In addition to his win, Sanders never finished outside the Top-5 during the five-day stint in The Hawkeye State.

“I was hoping for more than just one win this week,” Sanders said. “Even at that, we had a great week and I’m really proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished so far this year. Hopefully we can continue clicking off these wins and Top-5 runs. That consistency is what we need to win our fourth USMTS championship.”

On Tuesday afternoon Sanders kicked off the action-packed week with the USMTS at Stuart (Iowa) Speedway. Improving four spots in his heat, Sanders posted a third-place finish which locked him into the fifth-starting position for the $2,500-to-win A-Main. (Tyler Rinken photo)

After leading 16 laps during the middle stages of the 40-lapper, Rodney slipped back to a fifth-place finish when the checkered flag flew, trailing Dereck Ramirez, Tanner Mullens, Kyle Brown, and Jason Hughes across the line.

The following night at Cedar County Raceway (Tipton, Iowa), Rodney secured his spot into the main event with a third-place finish in his heat. With $2,500 on the line, Sanders gained two positions to place fourth behind Tanner Mullens, Zack VanderBeek, and Jason Hughes with Jacob Bleess coming in fifth.

In a field of 21 cars at Mason City (Iowa) Motor Speedway on Thursday for the Mayhem in Mason City, Sanders notched a third place finish in his heat, which positioned him seventh on the starting grid for the main event.

Unable to close the distance between him and Dereck Ramirez late in the 40-lapper, Rodney registered a runner-up finish behind Ramirez. Tanner Mullens, Jason Cummins, and Kyle Brown rounded out the Top-5.

On Friday afternoon at Rapid Speedway for the 12th Annual Rapid Rumble, Rodney locked his spot into the main event with a third place finish in his heat. (Joel Vis photo)

Starting the feature in eighth, Sanders slowly made his charge to the front as he closed in on race-leader Jason Hughes in the closing laps. Overtaking Hughes on lap 31, Rodney led the final four circuits to capture the win over Hughes, Dereck Ramirez, Hunter Marriott, and Tanner Mullens. He earned a $3,000 payday for his efforts.

Closing out the busy USMTS week on Saturday, Sanders stopped at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) to compete in a field of 26 cars for the Webster City Wrangle.

Posting a runner-up finish in his heat behind Tyler Davis, Rodney earned the eighth-starting position for the finale. Breaking into the Top-5, Sanders charged forward four spots to place fourth behind Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, and Tyler Davis with Terry Phillips completing the Top-5.

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

June 13, 2020 - Rodney Sanders goes 2-for-3 in Masters at Cedar Lake
Rodney Sanders continued his recent hot-streak over the weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Sanders drove his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified to a pair of victories and a third-place finish in the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS)-sanctioned 21st Annual Masters presented by Allstar Performance. (Tyler Rinken photos)

Rodney was one of 59 USMTS entries on hand at Cedar Lake Speedway on Thursday night. Starting on the pole of his heat race, Sanders streaked to an 8-lap heat race victory, which positioned him fourth on the starting grid for the main event.

1Sliding ahead of Jimmy Mars for the lead on the opening lap, Rodney led wire-to-wire in the 30-lap affair to pick up his 10th win of the season and a $3,000 payday. Winning by more than a four-second margin, Sanders topped Dustin Sorensen, Jimmy Mars, Michael Truscott, and Jason Hughes at the line.

“It’s been pretty good,” Sanders said. “I’ve felt like I screwed it up the last few races, but it was good at Tri-State and we were good tonight.”

“I knew it was going to be tough,” Sanders added. “Dustin’s been really good and Jimmy’s always good. I didn’t know really where to be, but we were good around the bottom. I saw a little bit of a lead there and I was just trying to ride—on the board I saw I had like a four-second lead.”

For another round of preliminary action on Friday, Sanders jumped up four spots in his heat to place second behind Michael Truscott. Earning the third-starting position for the A-Main, Rodney was unable to gain any momentum early after a handful of cautions were displayed.

Making a late-race charge, Sanders overtook Terry Phillips for the lead on lap 35 and held the top spot for the final five laps, scoring his 11th win of the season. Collecting a $5,000 paycheck, Rodney topped Phillips, Jake O’Neil, Dereck Ramirez, and Zack VanderBeek at the line.

“I think (Phillips) had a little better car but it started rubbering up there on the bottom and I kind of found it before he did,” Sanders said. “We had a good car before them yellows—I just couldn’t really take off on them yellows—but once we had a good green flag run the car was good.”

“We’ve had a good car, had some good luck on draws and everything too. We’re just trying to be there at the end.”

On Saturday evening for the finale of the 21st Annual Masters, Rodney posted a sixth-place finish in his heat, transferring him into the B-Main. Coming in third, Sanders locked into the 20th-starting position for the $10,000-to-win finale.

Wheeling his way forward into a podium spot, Rodney was unable to track down race-winner Terry Phillips but landed a third-place finish behind Phillips and Shane Sabraski, with Cade Dillard and Dereck Ramirez rounding out the Top-5.

Rodney has strengthened his lead over Dereck Ramirez atop the latest USMTS National Championship point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com.

June 6, 2020 - Rodney Sanders Claims 100 USMTS Win at Tri-State Speedway
1Rodney Sanders reached another milestone over the weekend in his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified.

The 30-year-old three-time United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) National Champion lead wire-to-wire on Saturday in the 7th Annual USMTS Juggernaut presented by Drive4JRT.com at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla. With the triumph, Sanders officially registered his 100th career USMTS victory.

“It seemed like we were never going to get this one,” Sanders said as he and his crew celebrated win No. 100. “We've had good opportunities the last few nights with good draws and, man, I just totally screwed the car up.”

“This is something that's kind of hard to put into perspective. There's only a few guys that's done that so that's pretty cool and now we're just gonna keep going.”

To kickstart the weekend, Sanders traveled to Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo.) for the USMTS-sanctioned Wednesday Night Madness. Drawing 43 cars for the four-race weekend opener, Sanders jumped up six spots in his heat race to register a third-place finish. Earning the eighth-starting position for the opening night feature, Rodney improved one spot in the 40-lapper to place seventh. 

The following night at 81 Speedway (Park City, Kans.) for the ninth annual Park City Sunflower State Showdown, Rodney locked his spot into the $2,500-to-win A-Main with an 8-lap heat race victory. Falling three spots in the 40-lap affair, Sanders posted a fifth place finish behind Ryan Gustin, Tanner Mullens, Zack VanderBeek, and Jake O’Neil.

For the 7th Annual Hummer Hustle at Humboldt (Kans.) Speedway on Friday evening, Sanders followed up a third place finish in his heat with a 12-lap consolation victory. With $3,000 on the line in the feature, Rodney advanced through the field seven spots to record a sixth-place finish.

On Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway (Pocola, Okla.), Rodney jumped up three spots in his 8-lap heat to score a runner-up finish behind Hunter Marriott. Taking command of the lead early, Sanders led flag-to-flag in the feature to capture his ninth overall win of the season. He took the checkered flag ahead of Terry Phillips, Tanner Mullens, Jake O’Neil, and Zack VanderBeek. (Tyler Rinken photo)

In addition to getting the 100-win monkey off his back, the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money was a welcome addition to his earnings.

“This has been probably one of the roughest years I've ever had but luckily I have good people that keep sticking behind me. It's not an open checkbook by no means. Everybody pitches in where they can and I'm very appreciative of what everyone does.”

Rodney holds an eight point lead over Dereck Ramirez atop the latest USMTS National Championship point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com.