Sanders Decimates USMTS Field

Rodney Sanders picked up 37 victories this season and his second USMTS title. (USMTS photo)
Rodney Sanders en route to victory at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (USMTS photo)
Rodney Sanders en route to victory at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (USMTS photo)

ARDMORE, Okla. — Rodney Sanders decimated the field Saturday night at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway as the defending USMTS national champion lapped more than half of the field in registering his 10th United States Modified Touring Series main event win of the 2014 campaign.

Polesitter Adam Penn led the first three laps before Daniel Hilsabeck snuck underneath to lead lap four, but the Sanders made it a three-wide affair as the lead trio exited turn two and then powered away from the pack to nab the $2,000 top prize.

It was the 28th career USMTS win for Sanders and one of his most dominant performances as he left Hilsabeck in his wake and streaked under the checkered flags with nearly a half-lap cushion (8.486 seconds) over Hilsabeck.

Although overshadowed by Sanders’ onslaught, Hilsabeck matched his career best finish in USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy competition and enjoyed an advantage of nearly seven seconds over Penn who garnered his best series finish in third.

Bryan Rowland outdueled Chris Henigan for the fourth spot.

The finish:

Rodney Sanders, Daniel Hilsabeck, Adam Penn, Bryan Rowland, Chris Henigan, Stormy Scott, Clyde Dunn Jr., Cade Dillard, Johnny Scott, Chris Brown, Kelly Shryock, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Tristan Dycus, Cody Smith, Mike Dillard, Thomas Tillison Jr., Dereck Ramirez, Philip Houston, Sean Jones, Chris Dawson, Jeremy Ross, Bobby Malchus, B.J. Baze, Joe Duvall, Jake Gallardo, Cam Case.

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