Sanders Does It Again In USMTS

Rodney Sanders in victory lane at Fairmont Raceway.
Rodney Sanders in victory lane at Fairmont Raceway.
Rodney Sanders in victory lane at Fairmont Raceway.

FAIRMONT, Minn. — Rodney Sanders did it again Thursday night, winning his second main event in as many nights and claiming his seventh USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy feature win of the season.

Despite pressure for most of the race from Stormy Scott and a late challenge from Zack VanderBeek, Sanders parlayed his front row starting spot into a wire-to-wire victory to collect the $2,000 winner’s share of the prize money at Fairmont Raceway.

Dereck Ramirez gave chase for the first ten laps until Scott claimed the second spot and went after the leader.

Meanwhile, Zack VanderBeek was slicing his way to the front from his 17th starting position, moving ahead of Kelly Shryock for fourth on lap 14, and then Ramirez for second on lap 20.

With two laps to go in the 30-lapper, VanderBeek edged in front of Scott but ran out of time and laps as he followed two car lengths behind Sanders as they crossed the finish line.

Scott and Shryock held on for third and fourth while Daniel Hilsabeck got by Ramirez with two laps remaining to claim the fifth spot.

The finish:

Rodney Sanders, Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, Kelly Shryock, Daniel Hilsabeck, Dereck Ramirez, Mike Stearns, Jeremy Houle, Johnny Scott, Bryan Rowland, Joey Jensen, Lucas Schott, Clayton Wagamon, Doug Hillson, Darwin Karau, Bob Gierke, Josh Most, Ryan Schaffer, Todd Stinehart, Pat Graham, Don Gerritsen Jr., Brandon Beckendorf, Nate Zimmerman, Brandon Davis.


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