Sanders Keeps Rolling At Monett
MONETT, Mo. – To say that 2014 has been a dream season for Rodney Sanders may be an understatement, but to the rest of the rugged road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series there’s little doubt it has been a nightmare trying to keep pace with the defending USMTS national champion.
Fresh off a wire-to-wire win 24 hours earlier at Springfield Raceway, Sanders unloaded his No. 20 Swan Energy MBCustoms Modified Sunday afternoon at the Monett Speedway and then proceeded to sweep the night’s events and rack up his 19th win under the USMTS banner this season.
The 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, has claimed ten of the last eleven checkered flags, including a win at the World Modified Dirt Track Championship. His 37th career win Sunday night pushed him to fifth on the USMTS all-time wins list-one more than Jon Tesch and five shy of tying Tommy Myer’s 42-win mark.
In regards to the 16-year history of the USMTS, Sanders has the opportunity to put together the most prolific season ever. Just three years ago, Ryan Gustin led 771 main event laps and won 24 times in 71 starts while claiming his first USMTS title.
Nothing to date, however, has eclipsed Kelly Shryock’s 2006 campaign. In winning the eighth of his nine championships, Shryock netted 30 wins in 59 starts while leading 823 laps. His string of 11 consecutive wins that year still stands as the best ever after Sanders saw his streak of eight straight wins come to an end on Friday night in Batesville, Ark., at the hands of Terry Phillips.
So far this year, Sanders has led 550 laps while garnering 19 wins in 49 starts. With 17 races remaining in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship and eight more nights of special events yet to go, a record-setting season for ‘The Rocket’ is undoubtedly within the realm of possibilities.
While Sanders led all 40 laps from the pole Sunday night, Johnny Bone Jr. recorded his best result with the USMTS in nearly four years with a runner-up finish while Phillips claimed the third spot.
Stormy Scott, who came into ‘The Hunt’ as the points leader, bounced back from the previous two nights of struggles to secure a fourth-place finish while his younger twin brother, Johnny Scott, took fifth.
Rodney Sanders, Johnny Bone Jr., Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, Mitch Keeter, Cade Dillard, Zack VanderBeek, Daniel Hilsabeck, Joe Duvall, Jesse Stovall, Kelly Shryock, John Allen, Trevor Hunt, Terry Beckham II, Jake Gallardo, Dereck Ramirez, Austin Theiss, Brian Williams, Rick Beebe, Lance Town, Kenny Gaddis, Jordan Grabouski, Brian Green.