Rodney Sanders Continues Dream Season
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Rodney Sanders’s dream season and the nightmare for his competition continued Thursday as he topped the field on opening night of the fourth annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Red Tail Tackle at Deer Creek Speedway.
The 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, won his heat race and then used lapped traffic late in the 20-lap A Main Qualifier to overtake Terry Phillips and sail away to a six-car-length victory.
Johnny Scott paced the first half of the main event but Phillips, and then Sanders, joined the battle at the front as the top three used every inch of the high-banked clay oval to find the fastest way around and through lapped traffic.
As has been the case during Sanders’s six-race United States Modified Touring Series win streak, ‘The Rocket’ seemed to get better as the race wore on and took control with six laps remaining in the 30-lapper.
Former track champion and 2012 USRA Modified national champion Brand Davis came on strong late in the race and snuck by Phillips for the runner-up spot but was unable to track down the defending USMTS national champion.
Phillips wound up third while Zack VanderBeek came home in fourth and Jason Hughes, who won this event one year ago, rounded out the top five.
Rodney Sanders, Brandon Davis, Terry Phillips, Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, Johnny Scott, Austin Siebert, Tommy Myer, Joey Jensen, Kelly Shryock, Brad Dierks, Jason Krohn, Hunter Rasdon, Stormy Scott, Keith Foss, Jason Miller, Brent Larson, Jon Tesch, Jason Grimes, Adam Hensel, Lucas Schott, Thomas Tillison Jr., Daniel Hilsabeck, Joel Alberts, Jeremy Houle, Brandon Jensen, Mike Stearns, John Allen, Adam Penn, Steve Wetzstein, Corey Dripps, Casey Arneson,