SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. — Five straight nights at five different racetracks produced five different winners as Rodney Sanders scored his first win during the Hunt for USMTS Casey’s Cup Sunday night at the Granite City Speedway.
‘The Rocket’ started on the pole but it was his teammate, Jason Krohn who jumped out to lead the first lap. The 2007 USMTS National Champion led the first five laps using the high side of the clay oval, but Sanders inched ahead on lap 6 as the low line began to show signs of taking rubber.
Seeing Sanders’ advantage growing, Krohn moved down behind Sanders just in time to settle into second place ahead of Ryan Gustin, who started sixth.
The race’s first and only caution came at the halfway point of the 40-lapper just as Sanders had caught the rear of the pack, and the restart gave him a clear track ahead to sail away over the final 20 laps to score the win and a $5,000 paycheck.
It looked like Krohn and Gustin would follow in order to the finish line, but a flat right rear tire with one lap to go dropped Krohn to the rear of the running order while Gustin coasted to a runner-up finish-his best in the first nine races in ‘The Hunt.’
Johnny Scott wound up third, Chris Brown was fourth and Daniel Hilsabeck recorded his best finish of the season with a fifth-place effort.
Rodney Sanders, Ryan Gustin, Johnny Scott, Chris Brown, Daniel Hilsabeck, Jeremy Payne, Dave Cain, Stormy Scott, Jason Hughes, Dave Mass, Dereck Ramirez, Zack VanderBeek, Craig Thatcher, Jon Tesch, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Lucas Schott, Trevor Hunt, Clayton Wagamon, Masen Big Eagle, Jason Krohn, Dale Mathison, Trent Follmer, Mike Steensma, Joey Jensen.