Rodney Sanders Claims First USMTS Title
Happy, Texas (09/24/13) - The final event of the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup with the United States Modified Touring Series began on Thursday night and ultimately concluded on Friday evening with the opening round of the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota), and Rodney Sanders raced his way to his first USMTS National Championship in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/ MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified!
The mega-event opened on Thursday evening after being delayed a few hours by rain with 89 entries registering for battle in the $3,000-to-win event. Sanders entered the evening just 8 points removed from the top spot. A 3rd to 1st run in his heat race resulted in Rodney being the second highest points earner on the evening. However, before the redraw and feature could be contested curfew restrictions forced the remainder of the event to be postponed until Friday evening.
Rodney received the 3rd starting spot for the 40 lap feature, and he would battle at the front of the pack, even briefly leading, before settling into a 2nd place finish behind race winner, Ryan Gustin. His performance in the feature was enough to earn Sanders his first-career, USMTS Championship!
“We came so close to winning the title a year ago that it made us want it even more this year, so this is real special,” an elated Sanders commented. “I have to thank all of my sponsors, family, and fans for their awesome support.”
Friday night found a $4,000-to-win, USMTS event being contested with 90 cars in the pits. After storming to the win in his heat race Rodney earned the 4th starting spot for the feature. Unfortunately his night came to an abrupt early end on lap 9, when he slowed with mechanical issues to a 23rd place finish.
The Fall Jamboree finale was held on Saturday evening as a $6,000 winner’s check was posted for the 60 lapper. Preliminary action resulted in Sanders starting 9th in the feature, and during the course of the 60 lap feature Rodney advanced six spots to finish 3rd behind race winner, Rodney Sanders, and Terry Phillips.
Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com .
This weekend Sanders will return to the cockpit of his #20 MB Customs Super Late Model for the first time in over two months as he goes into battle with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) in the 10th Annual Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals at the legendary Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa). On Thursday and Saturday complete $7,000-to-win programs will be held, while Saturday night’s event will be headlined by a series of alphabet races that will culminate with the $40,000-to-win finale! For more information on the event please visit www.LucasDirt.com .
Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, All Star Custom Graphics, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Hooker Harness, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .