Sanders Keeps Rolling In USMTS
BLOOMFIELD, Iowa — Rodney Sanders made a late-race charge with nine laps to go and went on to win the 35-lap USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy main event Friday night at the Bloomfield Speedway.
Johnny Scott paced the first 11 laps and appeared to be on his way to victory, but his engine expired in a cloud of smoke and allowed Zack VanderBeek to take control.
Making his 600th career start with United States Modified Touring Series, VanderBeek took charge and led the next 15 laps until Sanders found an opening and scooted by to take the lead.
VanderBeek stayed close, but was never able to mount a serious challenge to Sanders and had to settle for the runner-up paycheck behind the defending USMTS National Champion.
Austin Siebert passed 14 cars in the contest to finish third and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for his season-best effort.
Nate Wasmund and Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top five with 19th-starting Dylan Smith, Joe Duvall, Jeff Conner and Charles Baker finishing sixth through ninth, respectively.
Rodney Sanders, Zack VanderBeek, Austin Siebert, Nate Wasmund, Daniel Hilsabeck, Dylan Smith, Joe Duvall, Jeff Conner, Charles Baker, Stormy Scott, Jake Gallardo, Tyler Vandekamp, Kelly Shryock, Bryan Rowland, Rick Beebe, Ryan Cook, Ron Ver Beek, Johnny Scott, Keith Foss, Dereck Ramirez, Ryan Schaffer.