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Sanders scores fourth straight in USMTS invasion of 81 Speedway

#20 Rodney Sanders sprints to win #4 in a row at 81 Speedway. Randy Lane Photo

#20 Rodney Sanders sprints to win #4 in a row at 81 Speedway. Randy Lane Photo

PARK CITY, Kan.-One year ago when the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the 81 Speedway near Wichita, Kan., Rodney Sanders led the entire main event until a late-race caution nearly thwarted his victory celebration when Zack VanderBeek pulled ahead o the white flag lap only to have Sanders nip him at the line and preserve the win.

In Thursday’s return of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, there were no late cautions and no surprises, and Sanders walked away with his fourth straight USMTS victory after winning the final three shows last weekend.

After quickly climbing to the front after starting seventh, Johnny Scott pulled to within three car-lengths of Sanders early in the 40-lap race but was never able to mount a serious challenge for the lead.

With a swarm of lapped cars ahead of the leaders as they completed the 25th lap, it looked like Scott might get his opportunity to pounce. Instead, Sanders sliced his way through the back-markers like a hot knife through butter and left his chasers far behind to battle it out for bridesmaid honors.

“I saw (Franz) on the bottom there early, but I was kind of too free getting into the corner and too tight on the throttle to stay down there so I was just trying to keep my momentum up,” Sanders said in victory lane. “Once we got to lapped traffic, that bottom started working in and I could run down there a little bit and I was pretty good in lapped traffic so I was just hoping we wouldn’t get a late yellow because you know how those can change things.”

Two brief cautions slowed the pace early on, but there were no cautions late to hinder Sanders’s charge or help his pursuers and he sailed to his 53rd career USMTS triumph and fourth $3,000 in six days.

With the win, the 25-year-old two-time defending USMTS National Champion from Happy, Texas, also solidified his spot atop the MSD Central Region points standings just four days after clinching the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region title with one race still remaining.

Scott, who leads the Double H Bands Southern Region points going into Friday night’s tilt at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, held off Ryan Gustin for the runner-u paycheck while Grant Junghans finished fourth and multi-time NCRA champ Brian Franz completed the top five.

Joe ‘Big Daddy’ Duvall won his Real Racing Wheels “B” Main and passed seven competitors to claim the sixth spot. Not to be outdone, VanderBeek roared to a seventh-place finish after taking the green flag from the 21st position. Jon Thompson, Dereck Ramirez and Lance Town rounded out the top 10.

The annual USMTS Southern Speedweek commences on Friday, June 19, at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, for the first of seven events in nine days in the highly-competitive Double H Bands Southern Region.

This will be the first-ever event at the Red River Speedway for the 17-year-old United States Modified Touring Series. In addition to the $3,000-to-win USMTS event, a full race program featuring Sprint Cars, Limited Mods, Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks will also compete.

Pit gates will open up by 3 p.m. and the grandstand entrance opens at 5:30. Hot laps begin at 7:15 with racing to follow.

General admission is $17 for ages 12-64, kids ages 6-11 are just $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Active military and seniors 65 and older get in for $12 with proper ID. Pit passes are $35.

The Red River Speedway is a state-of-the-art semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 3.5 miles west of Wichita Falls on Hwy 287. Take the FM 369 exit and then go north one mile. The track is on the right side of the road. For more information call 817-229-0287 or check out www.rrspeedway.com online.

With trips to the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, on June 22; Heart O’ Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, on June 23; Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on June 24; Mountain Creek Speedway in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 25; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on June 26; the swing through the south wraps up on Saturday, June 27, at the historic Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla.

Nearly $40,000 has been earmarked for the winners from an overall purse of more than $250,000 for events during the month of June.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental – MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports
81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races were locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

MSD HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 86 Brian Franz, Halstead, Kan.
2. (2) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
3. (3) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas.
4. (6) 32b Bobby Bills, Wichita, Kan.
5. (7) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
6. (9) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
7. (5) 747 Colton Eck, Goddard, Kan.
8. (4) 00 Rodney Chaffin, Wichita, Kan.
9. (10) 35 Jay Purkey, Colwich, Kan.
10. (8) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas.

DAY MOTOR SPORTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 65 Tyler Davis, Derby, Kan.
2. (2) 21t Lance Town, Louisburg, Kan.
3. (4) 52 Ryan McAninch, Hutchinson, Kan.
4. (5) 40 Brian Green (R), Pierce City, Mo.
5. (10) 75 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan.
6. (7) 87 Kenny Sweet, Wichita, Kan.
7. (8) 11 Dustin Allen, Enid, Okla.
8. (6) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
9. (9) 42L Bud Longpine, Drummond, Okla.
10. (3) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
3. (7) 7c J.D. Choate, Ponca City, Okla.
4. (9) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa.
5. (10) 92 Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa.
6. (8) 17 Jeremy Chambers, Parsons, Kan.
7. (5) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
8. (3) R21 Ryan Schaffer, Corning, Iowa.
9. (2) 4 Dan Powers, Wichita, Kan.
10. (4) 10 Marc Hurd, Wichita, Kan.

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 75 Jon Thompson, Superior, Neb.
2. (2) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
3. (3) 25 Scott Green, Derby, Kan.
4. (4) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
5. (8) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.
6. (6) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
7. (7) MC2 Clint McFadden, Valley Center, Kan.
8. (5) K9 Kyler Kemp, Maize, Kan.
9. (10) 5 Tom Diers, Rogersville, Mo.
10. (9) 22 Greg Stevens, Wichita, Kan.

KEVKO OIL PANS & COMPONENTS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
2. (1) 21c Cody Schniepp, Wichita, Kan.
3. (2) 49 Dustin Belcher, Wichita, Kan.
4. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
5. (8) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
6. (3) 10b Brandon Givens, Hutchinson, Kan.
7. (7) 87 John Webb, Pauls Valley, Okla.
8. (6) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas.
9. (9) 311 Adam Schrag, Hutchinson, Kan.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #6 (8 laps):
1. (2) 4a Josh Lanterman, Wichita, Kan.
2. (5) K6 Joe Adams, Enid, Okla.
3. (4) 99c Craig Crossette, Valley Center, Kan.
4. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
5. (1) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla.
6. (8) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla.
7. (3) 5 Johnny Whitmore, Wichita, Kan.
8. (6) 93c Carson McKeen, Benton, Kan.
9. (9) 1 Marc Robe, Clearwater, Kan.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
2. (8) 87 Kenny Sweet, Wichita, Kan.
3. (1) 21c Cody Schniepp, Wichita, Kan.
4. (7) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla.
5. (6) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., Venom/Driskell, $90.
6. (15) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas, CAM/Herring, $90.
7. (12) K9 Kyler Kemp, Maize, Kan., GRT/Briley, $90.
8. (16) 22 Greg Stevens, Wichita, Kan., Custom/Custom, $90.
9. (3) 25 Scott Green, Derby, Kan., Hughes/, $90.
10. (9) 11 Dustin Allen, Enid, Okla., GRT/Dunsworth, $90.
11. (10) MC2 Clint McFadden, Valley Center, Kan.
12. (11) 00 Rodney Chaffin, Wichita, Kan., BillsBuilt/Hebb’s, $90.
13. (13) 35 Jay Purkey, Colwich, Kan., Shark/Hatfield, $90.
14. (2) 99c Craig Crossette, Valley Center, Kan.
15. (4) 92 Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa., Edge/RHR, $90.
16. (14) 4 Dan Powers, Wichita, Kan., BillsBuilt/KBS, $90.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (1) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa.
2. (2) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (3) 49 Dustin Belcher, Wichita, Kan.
4. (4) 32b Bobby Bills, Wichita, Kan.
5. (5) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., GRT/Mullins, $90.
6. (6) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, $90.
7. (8) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa., Hilsabeck/Mullins, $90.
8. (9) 747 Colton Eck, Goddard, Kan., GRT/Hillsboro, $90.
9. (14) 311 Adam Schrag, Hutchinson, Kan., GRT/Crissman, $90.
10. (13) 5 Tom Diers, Rogersville, Mo., Shaw/Yeoman, $90.
11. (7) 17 Jeremy Chambers, Parsons, Kan., Custom/Sput’s, $90.
12. (10) 87 John Webb, Pauls Valley, Okla., GRT/Wagner, $90.
13. (15) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla.
14. (12) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, $90.
15. (11) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, $90.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #3 (15 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (2) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas.
2. (6) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
3. (5) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
4. (9) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
5. (1) 52 Ryan McAninch, Hutchinson, Kan., GRT/McAninch, $90.
6. (8) 10b Brandon Givens, Hutchinson, Kan., GRT/Hatfield, $90.
7. (11) R21 Ryan Schaffer, Corning, Iowa., LG2/GMPP, $90.
8. (12) 93c Carson McKeen, Benton, Kan., /, $90.
9. (3) 75 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan., GRT/Mullins, $90.
10. (4) 40 Brian Green (R), Pierce City, Mo.
11. (10) 5 Johnny Whitmore, Wichita, Kan., /Acme, $90.
12. (7) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla., Hughes/Geddes, $90.
13. (13) 42L Bud Longpine, Drummond, Okla., BigChief/Geddes, $90.
14. (14) 1 Marc Robe, Clearwater, Kan., DirtDueler/, $90.
15. (15) 10 Marc Hurd, Wichita, Kan., Hughes/Briley, $90.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, $3000.
2. (7) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., MBCustom/Mullins, $1700.
3. (8) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, $1200.
4. (10) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., MBCustom/Sput’s, $1000.
5. (2) 86 Brian Franz, Halstead, Kan., GRT/Shadow, $900.
6. (13) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, $800.
7. (21) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput’s, $700.
8. (4) 75 Jon Thompson, Superior, Neb., BMS/Thompson, $650.
9. (17) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, $600.
10. (11) 21t Lance Town, Louisburg, Kan., Phoenix/Driskell, $550.
11. (22) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., MBCustom/Geddes, $500.
12. (18) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., LG2/Geddes, $450.
13. (14) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa, MBCustom/Sput’s, $425.
14. (5) 65 Tyler Davis, Derby, Kan., GRT/Hatfield, $400.
15. (16) 87 Kenny Sweet, Wichita, Kan., /, $375.
16. (25) 40 Brian Green (R), Pierce City, Mo., MBR/Marti, $350.
17. (23) 32b Bobby Bills, Wichita, Kan., BillsBuilt/, $300.
18. (28) 99c Craig Crossette, Valley Center, Kan., Custom/Mullens, $300.
19. (24) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., GRT/Durham, $400.
20. (27) MC2 Clint McFadden, Valley Center, Kan., /, $300.
21. (20) 49 Dustin Belcher, Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, $300.
22. (26) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, $300.
23. (3) K6 Joe Adams, Enid, Okla., Hughes/Geddes, $300.
24. (15) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas, MBCustom/Carroll’s, $300.
25. (9) 7c J.D. Choate, Ponca City, Okla., GRT/Sput’s, $300.
26. (6) 4a Josh Lanterman, Wichita, Kan., Hoffman/KBS, $300.
27. (19) 21c Cody Schniepp, Wichita, Kan., BillsBuilt/Mullins, $300.
28. (12) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan., GRT/Mullins, $300.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leader: Sanders 1-40.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 40.
Margin of Victory: 3.407 seconds.
Provisional Starters: B. Green, Gould, McFadden (track), Crossette (track).
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Sanders.
Hard Charger: VanderBeek (started 21st, finished 7th).
Entries: 58.
Next Race: Friday, June 19, Red River Speedway, Wichita Falls, Texas.
MSD Central Region Points: Sanders 538, Dillard 491, Junghans 451, Gustin 436, Sobbing 435, Arneson 408, Ramirez 407, Stormy Scott 406, VanderBeek 384, Kelly Shryock 366.
USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Sobbing 1868, Arneson 1624, Ben Kates 1360, Austin Arneson 1073, Cody Bauman 777.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Geddes 203, Sput’s 177, Mullins 161, Durham 140, Cornett 108.
USMTS Manufacturers Championship Points: MBCustom 234, LG2 224, GRT 209, Hughes 182, Shaw 74.

Contingency Awards:
AERO Race Wheels – J. Allen.
Allstar Performance – Thompson.
American Racer – Sweet.
Beyea Custom Headers – Franz.
BSB Manufacturing – Belcher.
Chix Gear Racewear – Gustin.
Deatherage Opticians – Town.
Edelbrock – J. Scott.
Eibach Springs – Dillard.
FK Rod Ends – Sweet.
Forty9Designs.com – Tyler Davis, Arneson.
Fuel Safe – Duvall.
GRT Race Cars – Franz.
Hooker Harness – Sobbing.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Ramirez.
Keyser Manufacturing – Town.
KSE Racing Products – Gustin.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Schniepp.
Midwest Sheet Metal – J. Allen.
MSD Ignition – Franz, Sanders.
PBM Performance Products – Thompson, Sanders.
QA1 – Fuqua.
R2C Performance Products – J. Scott.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Sanders.
Tilton Engineering – Junghans.
VP Racing Fuels – Sanders.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Timms.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – VanderBeek.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, MSD, Nitroquest Media Group, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Double H Bands, Duvall Electric, ElbowsUp.com, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olympic Fire Protection, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop, UMotors Motorsports & Marine, Velocita-USA.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AERO Race Wheels, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bell Racing Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, CPD Racing Tools, Crane Cams, Driven Racing Oil, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance, Hooker Custom Harness, JRi Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, Midwest Sheet Metal, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Quarter Master, R2C Performance, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Sybesma Graphics, Tilton Engineering, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.

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