Sanders Bests 77-Car Volusia Field
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Rodney Sanders dominated the opening night of the 42nd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Tuesday night at Volusia Speedway Park.
“We were pretty good but I think we have to get it a little better, at the end it was kind of fading away,” said Sanders. “We went out on soft tires so we could get a start and hopefully stay up front after that. First time ever here it feels good to win one because I know they’re tough here. There are a lot of good cars.”
Sanders, who earned his fifth victory of 2013, led 19 of the 20 laps. After losing the lead to Bronson on lap 16, Sanders wasted little time moving back to the front. Bronson held on to finish second.
“He got under me with about five to go and I didn’t really know where to run in three and four but then he showed me,” Sanders explained. “I thought he had a better car at the end but he just jumped the cushion.”
Dale Mathison finished third. NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader finished fourth and Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.
There were 77 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds on hand for the first of eight nights of competition.
Rodney Sanders, Kyle Bronson, Dale Mathison, Ken Schrader, Austin Dillon, Bryce Jewell, Ivedent Lloyd, Kenny Wallace, Jason Beaulieu, Brian Ruhlman, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Carpenter, Matt Westfall, Kelly Shryock, Devin Gilpin, Mike Wedelstadt, Ty Dillon, Brian Shaw, Gary Cook Jr., Dave Hess Jr., Joey Galloway, Kody Weisner, Matt Cooper, J.E. Stalder.