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Sanders Sees $5,000 Payday With USMTS In Baytown

Rodney Sanders works his way to the win and extra cash on Friday night. Ryan Gilmore Photo

Rodney Sanders works his way to the win and extra cash on Friday night. Ryan Gilmore Photo

BAYTOWN, Texas (Feb. 22) – After rain thwarted efforts to launch the 2013 season for the United States Modified Touring Series on Thursday, all systems were go Friday
night at the Royal Purple Raceway located just outside of Houston.

Following a dominating performance in his heat race, 2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes blasted off from his inside third row starting spot to lead the first lap of the 35-lap main event at the 4th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals powered by Lecolift.

Against a tough field of competitors and maneuvering his way around a rough
racetrack, Hughes waded through six cautions and he set the pace for the first 27
laps before mechanical failure ended his bid for a series-best seventh win at the
former Houston Raceway Park.

Continuing his early season success, 11th-startng Rodney Sanders inherited the lead
for the restart and out-raced the field for the final eight laps to score his second
win in Baytown, Texas, and eleventh career USMTS victory.

“Definitely rough conditions out there tonight, and we were a bit too tight but we
just took what we could get,” Sanders said in victory lane. “I think Jason Hughes
had a good car and he had a chance to win it but I think he had some kind of
trouble. We’ll take it.”

In addition to getting the first win of the year, Sanders also became the first
driver to cash in on the new “Big Dog Buy-In” promotion. By paying an additional
$100 when he signed in, ‘The Rocket’ pocketed an additional $2,000 for his efforts
and brought his total take-home pay to $5,000 a day’s work.

Defending event champion Johnny Scott tolled to a second-place finish, holding off
Zack VanderBeek by a nose at the finish line.

VanderBeek made it into the main event by passing three cars on the final lap of his
Real Racing Wheels “B” Main to garner the fourth and final transfer spot. He
proceeded to pass 22 cars in the Swan Energy “A” Main to take the first Mesilla
Valley Hard Charger Award of the 2013 campaign.

Defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin wound up fourth after battling from
18th on the starting grid while polesitter Randy Timms held on for fifth driving a
GRT Chassis he picked up from Terry Phillips just a couple of weeks ago.

Thomas Tillison Jr., Steve Whiteaker Jr., John Webb, Philip Houston and first-time
USMTS starter Dale Mathison rounded out the top-10 finishers.

The 4th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals powered by Lecolift will continue with
another complete programs on Saturday with the winner getting $4,000 (or $6,000 for
“Big Dog Buy-In” gamblers).

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstand gates open at 4, hot laps begin at 5 and
racing kicks off at 5:30. Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for teenagers,
$5 for kids and children ages 5 & under get in free. Pit passes are $35.

USRA Limited Mods will also be on the racing card battling for $700 to win.

The Royal Purple Raceway is located just east of Houston on I-10 to exit 799, then
2.5 miles south on SH 99 (Grand Parkway), then 0.3 mile west on FM 565. For more
information, call the track office at 281-383-7223 or visit
www.royalpurpleraceway.com online.

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 check out
our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

USMTS MODIFIEDS

Heat1
1. (1) 87 John Webb, Pauls Valley, OK.
2. (7) 5T Randy Timms, Wheatland, OK.
3. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, TX.
4. (3) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, NM.
5. (10) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA.
6. (6) 2 Earl Whatley, Alvin, TX.
7. (4) 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell, AR.
8. (5) 37 Joey Price, Great Falls, MT.
9. (9) 1* Adam Penn, Shreveport, LA.
10. (2) 91 DJ Caskey, Keithville, LA.
11. (11) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, IA.

Heat 2:
1. (4) 29D Brad Dierks, Clarence, IA.
2. (6) 83 Willy Kraft, Mico, TX.
3. (7) 51 Tracy Denby Jr., Vidor, TX.
4. (10) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, TX.
5. (5) J17 Jacob Gallardo, Las Cruces, NM.
6. (3) 211 Richie Ginn, Baton Rouge, LA.
7. (1) 22 Brad Buck, Paragould, AR.
8. (8) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, TX.
9. (9) 89 Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, TX.
10. (2) 7K Jason Krohn, Slayton, MN.
11. (11) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA.

Heat 3:
1. (2) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Sunnyvale, TX.
2. (1) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, TX.
3. (7) 81B Cody Simpson, Quinlan, TX.
4. (4) 8 Steve Miller, Rosanky, TX.
5. (11) 25P Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, KS.
6. (9) 5* Casey Penn, Shreveport, LA.
7. (10) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, OK.
8. (6) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, OK.
9. (3) 36M Logan Martin, West Plains, MO.
10. (5) 22D Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, IA.
11. (8) 51c Michael Cedus, Boyce, LA.

Heat 4:
1. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, OK.
2. (2) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, MO.
3. (6) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, TX.
4. (7) 9M Dale Mathison, Clearwater, MN.
5. (9) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA.
6. (8) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, TX.
7. (1) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, SK.
8. (5) 34 Ben Stephens, Hattiesburg, MS.
9. (11) 160 Michael Maggard, Springfield, MO.
10. (4) 25 Ron Keith, Shawnee, KS.
11. (10) 19 Jamie Burford, Keatchie, LA.

Heat 5:
1. (2) 9 Shane Hebert, Lafayette, LA.
2. (6) 22B Rick Beebe, Shawnee, KS.
3. (5) 4s T.J. Steele, Winnsboro, TX.
4. (2) 715 J.P. Dowell, Killeen, TX.
5. (7) 77 Garrett Gregory, Tomball, TX.
6. (10) 6 Donnie Powers, Henderson, TX.
7. (9) 51 Micah Thompson, Haughton, LA.
8. (1) 68 Danny Barringer, Lufkin, TX.
9. (8) 121 Kevin Peters, Hallsville, TX.
10. (3) 34dd Tim Boudreaux, Cleveland, TX.
11. (11) L1 Larry Clevenger, Greenwood, LA.

Heat 6:
1. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, NM.
2. (5) 1st Johnny Scott, Arroyo Hondo, NM.
3. (3) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, SK.
4. (8) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, MO.
5. (7) 5W John O Whittington, Vidor, TX.
6. (10) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, TX.
7. (9) 99H Trevor Hunt, Kearney, MO.
8. (6) 11 Jeff Allgayer, El Campo, TX.
9. (4) 12 Kyle Cummings, Sibley, LA.
10. (2) 37H Garrett Higgins, Aztec, NM.
11. (11) 2 Kenny Gaddis, Hallsville, TX.

“B” Main #1:
1. (1) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, TX, Hughes/RoushYates.
2. (4) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA, Hughes/Mullins.
3. (3) 9M Dale Mathison, Clearwater, MN, MB Chassis/Tims.
4. (13) 89 Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, TX, Hughes/Mullins.
5. (7) J17 Jacob Gallardo, Las Cruces, NM, GRC/BMS, $90.
6. (2) 4s T.J. Steele, Winnsboro, TX, Hughes/Mullins, $80.
7. (5) 715 J.P. Dowell, Killeen, TX, GRT/, $90.
8. (14) 12 Kyle Cummings, Sibley, LA, IRP/, $90.
9. (6) 6 Donnie Powers, Henderson, TX, Shaw/, $80.
10. (8) 2 Earl Whatley, Alvin, TX, Fast 1/USA, $90.
11. (9) 99H Trevor Hunt, Kearney, MO, GRT by TC/Yeoman, $90.
12. (15) 22D Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, IA, Sidebiter/Mullins, $90.
13. (18) 2 Kenny Gaddis, Hallsville, TX, Hughes/, $80.
14. (17) 51c Michael Cedus, Boyce, LA, DirtWorks/Centex, $80.
15. (16) 37H Garrett Higgins, Aztec, NM, GRT/GMPP, $80.
16. (11) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, OK, Hughes/ProPower, $80.
17. (12) 11 Jeff Allgayer, El Campo, TX, Hughes/Mullins, $90.
18. (10) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, SK, GRT/Tims, $90.

“B” Main #2:
1. (2) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, MO, GRT/Mullins.
2. (6) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, TX, Hughes/Fox.
3. (1) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, TX, CAM/Chase.
4. (16) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, IA, Hughes/Sput’s.
5. (3) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, SK, GRT/Tims, $90.
6. (15) 25 Ron Keith, Shawnee, KS, GRT/Mullins, $80.
7. (7) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, TX, Fast1/Jackson, $90.
8. (5) 77 Garrett Gregory, Tomball, TX, Hughes/105, $90.
9. (8) 211 Richie Ginn, Baton Rouge, LA, Pierce/Crank Shop, $80.
10. (13) 36M Logan Martin, West Plains, MO, GRT/SCP, $90.
11. (11) 34 Ben Stephens, Hattiesburg, MS, Hughes/Mullins, $90.
12. (9) 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell, AR, TRE/Kelly, $90.
13. (17) 19 Jamie Burford, Keatchie, LA, IRP/Geddes, $90.
14. (4) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, NM, AOS/AOS, $90.
15. (10) 37 Joey Price, Great Falls, MT, /, $90.
16. (12) 160 Michael Maggard, Springfield, MO, GRT/, $80.
17. (14) 91 DJ Caskey, Keithville, LA, IRP/PTS, $90.

“B” Main #3:
1. (3) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA, Skyrocket/ProPower.
2. (7) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, OK, Hughes/Geddes.
3. (1) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, MO, GRT/RoushYates.
4. (6) 5* Casey Penn, Shreveport, LA, Hughes/Geddes.
5. (8) 51 Micah Thompson, Haughton, LA, Skyrocket/PTS, $90.
6. (16) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA, Sidebiter/Sputs, $90.
7. (15) 34dd Tim Boudreaux, Cleveland, TX, Skyrocket/, $80.
8. (10) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, TX, Hughes/RoushYates, $90.
9. (2) 25P Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, KS, 1stClass/AEM, $80.
10. (4) 8 Steve Miller, Rosanky, TX, Hughes/Extreme, $90.
11. (14) 7K Jason Krohn, Slayton, MN, MBC/Sput’s, $90.
12. (11) 68 Danny Barringer, Lufkin, TX, Skyrocket/Craft, $90.
13. (5) 5W John O Whittington, Vidor, TX, Pierce/CB, $90.
14. (13) 121 Kevin Peters, Hallsville, TX, IRP/AARE, $80.
15. (9) 22 Brad Buck, Paragould, AR, TRE/SCP, $80.
16. (12) 1* Adam Penn, Shreveport, LA, Hughes/Geddes, $90.
17. (17) L1 Larry Clevenger, Greenwood, LA, Skyrocket/PTS, $90.

“A” Main:
1. (11) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, TX, MBC/Geddes, $3000.
2. (6) 1st Johnny Scott, Arroyo Hondo, NM, Hughes/ProPower, $2000.
3. (25) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, IA, Hughes/Sput’s, $1500.
4. (18) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA, Hughes/Mullins, $1000.
5. (1) 5T Randy Timms, Wheatland, OK, Hughes/Geddes, $900.
6. (20) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, OK, Hughes/Geddes, $800.
7. (24) 89 Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, TX, Hughes/Mullins, $700.
8. (9) 87 John Webb, Pauls Valley, OK, Mars/Mullins, $600.
9. (14) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, TX, Hughes/Geddes, $550.
10. (21) 9M Dale Mathison, Clearwater, MN, MB Chassis/Tims, $500.
11. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, OK, Hughes/Mullins, $450.
12. (10) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, NM, GRC/BMS, $400.
13. (22) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, TX, CAM/Chase, $375.
14. (15) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, TX, Hughes/RoushYates, $350.
15. (26) 5* Casey Penn, Shreveport, LA, Hughes/Geddes, $350.
16. (5) 22B Rick Beebe, Shawnee, KS, MB Chassis/Mullins, $350.
17. (4) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Sunnyvale, TX, Hughes/Mullins, $350.
18. (16) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, MO, GRT/Mullins, $350.
19. (8) 83 Willy Kraft, Mico, TX, Kraft/Gaerte, $350.
20. (13) 81B Cody Simpson, Quinlan, TX, CAM/Hatfield, $350.
21. (17) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA, Skyrocket/ProPower, $350.
22. (7) 9 Shane Hebert, Lafayette, LA, Hughes/Mullins, $350.
23. (23) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, MO, GRT/RoushYates, $350.
24. (19) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, TX, Hughes/Fox, $350.
25. (12) 51 Tracy Denby Jr., Vidor, TX, Skyrocket/CB, $350.
26. (2) 29D Brad Dierks, Clarence, IA, Shaw/Sperry;s, $350.

USRA LIMITED MODS

Heat 1:
1. (1) 10M Adam Willis, Elizabeth, LA.
2. (3) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, TX.
3. (2) 24 Aaron Benson, Clear Lake, IA.
4. (8) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA.
5. (6) 87 Billy Melton, Longview, TX.
6. (4) 85 Dusty Moore, Fred, TX.
7. (5) D12 David Dubose, Bossier City, LA.
8. (9) 75 Keith Strother, Oakdale, LA.
9. (7) 14K Stan Kraly, Crosby, TX.

Heat 2:
1. (6) 15 Kyle Dixon, Houston, TX.
2. (7) 4s T.J. Steele, Winnsboro, TX.
3. (1) 188 Derek Rashall, Dayton, TX.
4. (3) 7D Austin Theiss, Hokley, TX.
5. (2) 211 Chad Fitzgerald, Baytown, TX.
6. (4) 0 Fran Collins, Cleveland, TX.
7. (9) 68 Steve Miller, Georgetown, TX.
8. (8) 26G J.J. Jennings, Corpus Christi, TX.
9. (5) X Jason Tiner, Tyler, TX.

Heat 3:
1. (1) 92f Devane Hillman, Simpson, LA.
2. (2) d9 Corey Babbitt, Channelview, TX.
3. (6) 7DD Brandon Blaylock, Hokley, TX.
4. (7) 71 Chase Bresee, Baytown, TX.
5. (5) 46 Randy Bridges, Marvel, TX.
6. (3) 10A John Matt, Crosby, TX.
7. (4) 36M Logan Martin, West Plains, MO.
8. (8) 2c Tracy Denby, Vidor, TX.

Heat 4:
1. (2) 5W Jon Whittington, Vidor, TX.
2. (1) c3 Charley Morrow, Pitkin, LA.
3. (6) 99 Donald Hebert, Scott, LA.
4. (8) K4 Mike Jackson, Leesville, LA.
5. (7) 90 Barry Moody, Baytown, TX.
6. (5) 20 Eddie Holley, Baytown, TX.
7. (4) 49J Larry Bell, Shreveport, LA.
8. (3) 10W Seth Wellman, Pitkin, LA.
9. (9) 17 Jesse McNorton, Cleveland, TX.

“B” Main:
1. (2) 0 Fran Collins, Cleveland, TX.
2. (3) 10A John Matt, Crosby, TX.
3. (4) 20 Eddie Holley, Baytown, TX.
4. (11) 2c Tracy Denby, Vidor, TX.
5. (1) 85 Dusty Moore, Fred, TX.
6. (6) 68 Steve Miller, Georgetown, TX.
7. (14) X Jason Tiner, Tyler, TX.
8. (7) 36M Logan Martin, West Plains, MO.
9. (12) 10W Seth Wellman, Pitkin, LA.
10. (9) 75 Keith Strother, Oakdale, LA.
11. (5) D12 David Dubose, Bossier City, LA.
12. (15) 17 Jesse McNorton, Cleveland, TX.
13. (10) 26G J.J. Jennings, Corpus Christi, TX.
14. (8) 49J Larry Bell, Shreveport, LA.
15. (13) 14K Stan Kraly, Crosby, TX.

“A” Main:
1. (2) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, TX, $600.
2. (8) 10M Adam Willis, Elizabeth, LA, $400.
3. (5) c3 Charley Morrow, Pitkin, LA, $300.
4. (3) 5W Jon Whittington, Vidor, TX, $200.
5. (22) 10A John Matt, Crosby, TX, $170.
6. (15) 71 Chase Bresee, Baytown, TX, $150.
7. (11) 4s T.J. Steele, Winnsboro, TX, $130.
8. (24) 2c Tracy Denby, Vidor, TX, $110.
9. (16) K4 Mike Jackson, Leesville, LA, $100.
10. (7) 15 Kyle Dixon, Houston, TX, $90.
11. (20) 90 Barry Moody, Baytown, TX, $80.
12. (21) 0 Fran Collins, Cleveland, TX, $75.
13. (23) 20 Eddie Holley, Baytown, TX, $70.
14. (14) 7D Austin Theiss, Hokley, TX, $65.
15. (1) 24 Aaron Benson, Clear Lake, IA, $60.
16. (12) 99 Donald Hebert, Scott, LA, $60.
17. (9) 92f Devane Hillman, Simpson, LA, $60.
18. (13) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, IA, $60.
19. (10) 7DD Brandon Blaylock, Hokley, TX, $60.
20. (6) 188 Derek Rashall, Dayton, TX, $60.
21. (4) d9 Corey Babbitt, Channelview, TX, $60.
22. (17) 87 Billy Melton, Longview, TX, $60.
23. (19) 46 Randy Bridges, Marvel, TX, $60.
24. (18) 211 Chad Fitzgerald, Baytown, TX, $40.

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