Rodney Sanders Claims 100th USMTS Career Victory
(Photo by: Tyler Rinken)
HAPPY, Tex. (06/10/20) – Rodney 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.
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.”
This weekend – June11-13 – the stars of the USMTS will converge at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for the 21st Annual Masters. The mega-event kicks off with a $3,000-to-win show on Thursday, followed by a $5,000 top prize on Friday. It all leads up to Saturday’s finale which offers $10,000 to the winner.
Rodney Sanders holds an eight-point lead over Dereck Ramirez atop the latest USMTS National Championship standings. For results from these events, complete standings, and more on upcoming events, please visit www.USMTS.com.
Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Wichita Tank Racing, ARMI Contractors, Mesilla Valley Transportation, S&S Fishing and Rental, Kenny’s Tile, MB Customs, Hatfield Race Engines, Hibner Logging, Bergman Tax and Accounting, Paulson Rock Products, Integra Shocks, Swift Springs, FK Rod Ends, CMD Race Shocks, Wehrs Machine, 87 Automotive, Keyser Manufacturing, Allstar Performance, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld Headers, JE Pistons, Walker Performance Filtration, Rodney Sanders Racing, Day Motorsports, Real Wheels, Palmer Painting, Deatherage Opticians, Wilwood Brakes, PEM Rearends, Winning Edge Carburetors, McCartney Welding, Simpson Race Products, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net.