Sanders Registers Win No. 20 In Kansas

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Rodney Sanders earned his 20th United States Modified Touring Series victory of the season Friday in Kansas. (Andrew Towne Photo)
Rodney Sanders earned his 20th United States Modified Touring Series victory of the season Friday in Kansas. (Andrew Towne Photo)
Rodney Sanders earned his 20th United States Modified Touring Series victory of the season Friday in Kansas. (Andrew Towne Photo)

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Rodney Sanders picked up where he left off nearly five months ago at the Humboldt Speedway and captured his 20th United States Modified Touring Series victory of the season Friday night.

The first win of the 2014 campaign for the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, came in the preliminary feature of King of America IV on March 28, and he followed that up the next night with a $10,000 triumph in the 100-lap finale.

Friday night was his third straight win at ‘The Hummer’ and brought his USMTS career wins total to 38 as he pocketed $3,000 for the third time in the first five races of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

From the outside of the front row, Sanders led all 40 laps but a couple of late-race cautions kept the field within striking distance. The final restart with three laps to go saw Sanders sail away from the pack while Cade Dillard bested Darron Fuqua in a back-and-forth battle for the runner-up paycheck.

It was a career-best night for both USMTS Rookie of the Year contenders.

Continuing to be a model of consistency, Zack VanderBeek raced from ninth on the 24-car starting grid to a solid fourth-place finish to keep his title hopes alive. Polesitter Dereck Ramirez held on for fifth.

The finish:

Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard, Darron Fuqua, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Jesse Stovall, Johnny Scott, Austin Siebert, John Allen, Terry Schultz, Trevor Hunt, Joe Duvall, Jake Gallardo, Kelly Shryock, Jeff Cutshaw, Lance Town, Daniel Hilsabeck, Stormy Scott, Scott Daniels, Grant Junghans, Jess Folk Jr., Jeremy Chambers, Rick Beebe, Jon Sheets.

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