Sanders Sweeps Silver Dollar Nationals

Rodney Sanders in victory lane at I-80 Speedway. (USMTS photo)
Rodney Sanders in victory lane at I-80 Speedway. (USMTS photo)

GREENWOOD, Neb. — Rodney Sanders put an exclamation point on a perfect weekend as he raced to his second straight win Saturday night at the I-80 Speedway to complete the sweep of the third annual Silver Dollar Nationals.

Johnny Scott beat polesitter Zack VanderBeek into the first turn at the start of the 35-lap main event, and proceeded to lead the first 14 laps before Friday night’s runner-up, Jason Hughes, charged into the top spot.

Meanwhile, 15th-starting Sanders moved by five cars in the first four laps to crack the top 10 and was fourth by the time Hughes slipped past Scott.

Hughes remained in control for the next eight laps, but Sanders scooted by on the outside of turn 4 to take control won lap 23. From there, ‘The Rocket’ launched off into the distance to score his 17th career USMTS victory and second in as many nights.

Sanders’ seventh win of the 2013 campaign was worth $5,350 including a $250 bonus from ASi Racewear for being the hard charger over the course of the four nights during the inaugural “Clash of the Titans.”

Jeremy Payne, who clinched the Arbor Masters Central Region title when he took the green flag in his heat race, got by Hughes with six laps remaining to take home the runner-up paycheck. Hughes finished third to garner his second podium finish of the weekend.

VanderBeek remained in the mix the entire 40 laps and wound up fourth. Rick Beebe recorded a season-best fifth-place finish while Darron Fuqua, Scott, Kelly Shryock, Trevor Hunt and Brad Dierks completed the top 10.

The finish:

Rodney Sanders, Jeremy Payne, Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, Rick Beebe, Darron Fuqua, Johnny Scott, Kelly Shryock, Trevor Hunt, Brad Dierks, Austin Siebert, Thomas Tillison Jr., Daniel Hilsabeck, Jesse Dennis, Joe Duvall, Stormy Scott, Dereck Ramirez, Ryan Gustin, Jordan Grabouski, Corey Dripps, Chris Brown, Ken Schrader, Johnny Bone Jr., Joey Galloway, Terry Phillips.