SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Rodney Sanders continued dancing through his dream season Sunday night, leading all 50 laps of the United States Modified Touring Series Featherlite Fall Jamboree championship at the Deer Creek Speedway.
The seemingly unstoppable 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, added another crown jewel to his ever-expanding collection of accolades.
He won $10,000 at King of America IV in March, $20,000 at the World Modified Dirt Track Championship in July and boosted his bank account by $12,000 with his win Sunday.
Starting the three-wide 30-car main event from the outside of the front row, Sanders took charge on the first lap and never relinquished the lead despite heavy pressure early on from Stormy Scott and a late-race charge by Terry Phillips.
“At the beginning of the year, I never could have imagined having this kind of season,” Sanders said in victory lane. “I’m so lucky to have the sponsors and crew around me that I do to make this all work. None of this happens without them.
A Friday night preliminary winner at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree two years ago, this was the first Jamboree championship for Sanders.
“This is so big. With the level of competition here and the prestige this event carries, it’s a real special race to win-maybe my biggest ever,” said Sanders.
Scott, who started on the pole, shadowed Sanders for the first 45 laps as they diced through heavy lapped traffic but could never inch in front of him.
With five laps to go, the race’s third and final caution waved and 16th-starting Terry Phillips used the opportunity to pounce on Scott and seize the second spot.
But the 2011 Featherlite Fall Jamboree didn’t have the muscle to make a move on Sanders and had to settle for the $7,000 runner-up paycheck.
Scott held off a late charge from Brandon Davis to capture the $5,200 third-place loot while his teammate and car owner, Bryan Rowland, rounded out the top five.
Rodney Sanders, Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, Brandon Davis, Bryan Rowland, Brad Dierks, Brent Larson, Lucas Schott, Jesse Glenz, Tommy Myer, Kelly Shryock, Bob Timm, Matt Dotson, Steve Wetzstein, Jody Bellefeuille, Dereck Ramirez, Austin Arneson, Josh Angst, Joey Jensen, Jon Tesch, Corey Dripps, Jason Miller, Clayton Wagamon, Tim Setzer, Casey Arneson, Casey Penn, Cade Dillard, Jason Krohn, Jeremy Payne, Keith Foss, Brad Waits.