Sanders Scores No. 81 At 81 Speedway

Rodney Sanders won Thursday’s USMTS feature at 81 Speedway (Todd Boyd Photo)

PARK CITY, Kan. – Rodney Sanders left 81 Speedway $2,850 richer Thursday evening after scoring the 81st victory of his United States Modified Touring Series career.

Sanders, the 2013 and 2014 USMTS national champion, started deep in field from the outside of the fifth row. He used the high side of the three-eighths-mile clay oval to track down early leader Johnny Scott and take the lead with a dozen laps remaining in the 40-lapper.

Scott stole the lead from polesitter Austin Siebert after one lap around the Park City, Kan., speedplant, and set the pace for the next 27 laps before giving way to Sanders in the late stages of the exciting contest.

The win was the second of the season for Sanders and his series-best fourth at the 81 Speedway. During last November’s Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown at 81 Speedway¬†Sanders grabbed his third win on opening night while Johnny Scott, who finished second on Thursday, won the finale the following night.

VanderBeek and Stormy Scott held down the third and fourth finishing positions while R.C. Whitwell took fifth.

The finish:

Rodney Sanders, Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, R.C. Whitwell, Lucas Schott, Ryan Gustin, Cade Dillard, Jake O’Neil, Dereck Ramirez, Austin Siebert, Ricky Thornton Jr., Terry Phillips, Dan Powers, Darron Fuqua, Logan Robertson, Scott Green, Jake Nightingale, Jessie Hoskins, Joe Duvall, Colton Eck, Adam Kates, Kyle Prauner, Brandon Givens, Tyler Davis, Lance Town.