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Sanders chalks up USMTS win #24 at Marshalltown


MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa-Rodney Sanders returned to his winning ways Wednesday night as he scored the United States Modified Touring Series victory at the Marshalltown Speedway.


A runner-up in the last four rounds of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup, Sanders avoided trouble early on as several racers ahead of his fell by the way side and then used a late-race caution to make his move.


Cade Dillard, who climbed into the USMTS Rookie of the Year points lead for the first time this season Sunday night, held off polesitter Joe Duvall at the start and led the first four laps until the first yellow flag of the race appeared.


On the restart, Duvall and third-running Stormy Scott made contact on the exit of turn, which resulted in Scott retiring from the race while Duvall was forced to restart at the tail of the field.


With 10 laps in the books, Zack VanderBeek looked to the inside of Dillard but was unable to make the pass and settled back into second while Sanders, who started ninth, slipped by John Allen for the third spot.


Thick lapped traffic throughout the middle of the contest allowed Dillard to stretch out his cushion over VanderBeek to ten car-lengths but a third caution on lap 20 erased the leader's advantage.


The yellow waved again on lap 24 and Sanders blasted by both VanderBeek and Dillard on restart, but another quick caution reset the line-up back to the previous order.


Sanders got by VanderBeek on the final restart of the night, and then battled side by side with Dillard for two laps before sliding up into the high groove in front of Dillard to claim the lead on lap 27.


From there, Sanders seemed to find another gear and the defending USMTS national champion pulled away from the field for his 24th win of the 2014 campaign and tying him with Ryan Gustin (2011) for the second-most wins in a season and six wins shy of matching Kelly Shryock's mark of 30 wins in 2006.


It also gave the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, his 42nd career USMTS triumph, tying him with Tommy Myer for fourth on the all-time wins list.


While Dillard settled for the runner-up finish, Brad Dierks made a last-lap last-corner pass of VanderBeek to finish fourth with Shryock coming home in the fifth spot.


Daniel Hilsabeck was sixth, Johnny Scott was seventh and John Allen held on for an eighth-place results. Duvall clawed his way back to ninth from the back of the pack after his lap-4 encounter and Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top-10 at the finish line.


The Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, hosts the USMTS speed merchants on Thursday, Aug. 28, where Johnny Scott captured the feature win in last year's standing-room-only blockbuster.


For the second straight night, the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars ($750 to win) and USRA B-Mods ($600 to win) will share the spotlight, plus Hobby Stocks will also compete.


Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.


Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at both Casey's General Stores locations in Webster City. From 11:30-1:30, Kelly Shryock and his No. 3 Snickers Modified will be at the 1300 2nd St. location and John Allen and his No. 98 Sour Patch Kids/Oreos Modified will be at the 700 Superior St. store.


The Hamilton County Speedway is a half-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 1.2 miles north of US 20, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. For more information call 515-832-1443 or visit www.hamiltoncospeedway.com online.


Friday finds the mud-slinging monsters back at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., before heading to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday. The pentathlon of power wraps up at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday, Aug. 31.


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.



United States Modified Touring Series
The Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup - Round 14 of 19
Marshalltown Speedway, Marshalltown, Iowa
Wednesday, August 27, 2014


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


C&R RACING HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa.
2. (5) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
3. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
4. (4) 83g Josh Gilman, Earlham, Iowa.
5. (2) 19g Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman, Iowa.
6. (9) 31 Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa.
7. (6) 77 Joe Beal, Milan, Ill.
8. (8) 51 Lance Town ®, Louisburg, Kan.
9. (7) 12x Trent Jackson, Marshalltown, Iowa.


JRi SHOCKS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
2. (1) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (6) 97 Cade Dillard ®, Robeline, La.
4. (4) 26f Dan Fetters, Montour, Iowa.
5. (3) 2z Zack Rawlins, Newton, Iowa.
6. (7) 1k Pat Graham, Ames, Iowa.
7. (5) 40rc Rodney Clement, Rhodes, Iowa.
8. (8) 99h Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo.


1. (2) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
2. (3) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
3. (7) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa.
4. (4) 29d Brad Dierks, Clarence, Iowa.
5. (6) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (1) 17r Derek Reimer, St. Anthony, Iowa.
7. (8) 36 Jeff Conner, Panora, Iowa.
8. (5) 99 Martin Bennett, Ankeny, Iowa.


1. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, $3000.
2. (2) 97 Cade Dillard ®, Robeline, La., LG2/105, $1700.
3. (12) 29d Brad Dierks, Clarence, Iowa, Skyrocket/Sperry, $1200.
4. (6) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput's, $1000.
5. (8) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, Skyrocket/ASI, $900.
6. (5) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, $800.
7. (13) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Ramirez/Cornett, $700.
8. (4) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan., GRT/Hatfield, $650.
9. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, $600.
10. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Ramirez/Cornett, $550.
11. (11) 26f Dan Fetters, Montour, Iowa, Sidebiter/KSE, $400.
12. (23) 99 Martin Bennett, Ankeny, Iowa, Skyrocket/Sput's, $550.
13. (17) 1k Pat Graham, Ames, Iowa, Skyrocket/Karl, $425.
14. (21) 40rc Rodney Clement, Rhodes, Iowa, Harris/, $325.
15. (24) 12x Trent Jackson, Marshalltown, Iowa, Kazzbuilt/Jackson, $300.
16. (22) 51 Lance Town ®, Louisburg, Kan., Hughes/Driskell, $350.
17. (18) 17r Derek Reimer, St. Anthony, Iowa, Victory/KSE, $250.
18. (20) 77 Joe Beal, Milan, Ill., Skyrocket/VonDresky, $250.
19. (15) 19g Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman, Iowa, /, $250.
20. (19) 36 Jeff Conner, Panora, Iowa, Skyrocket/Durham, $300.
21. (10) 83g Josh Gilman, Earlham, Iowa, Victory/Hauf, $250.
22. (16) 2z Zack Rawlins, Newton, Iowa, Shaw/R&R, $250.
23. (3) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, $400.
24. (14) 31 Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa, Rage/Durham, $250.
DNS - 99h Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo., GRT/Spanel, $400.

® = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leaders: Dillard 1-27, Sanders 28-40.
Total Laps Led: Dillard 27, Sanders 13.
Margin of Victory: 2.286 seconds.
Provisional Starters: none.
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: VanderBeek.
Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger: Bennett (started 23rd, finished 12th).
Next Race: Thursday, Aug. 28, Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa.
Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup Points: Sanders 1421, VanderBeek 1268, S. Scott 1145, Shryock 1071, J. Scott 1052, Ramirez 1040, Duvall 990, Hilsabeck 958, Allen 864, Hunt 816.
Rookie of the Year Points: Dillard 1854, Jake Gallardo 1781, Adam Penn 1436, Town 1320, Dylan Smith 1298.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Sput's 424, Geddes 415, ProPower 399, Mullins 267, ASI 193.
Tiger Quick Change Manufacturers Championship Points: LG2 488, MBCustom 476, GRT 386, Ramirez 366, Hughes 305.


Contingency Awards:
American Racer - Dillard.
Beyea Custom Headers - S. Scott.
Brass Monkey Racing Products - not awarded.
C&R Racing - Shryock.
Edelbrock - Ramirez.
FK Rod Ends - not awarded.
Forty9Designs.com - not awarded.
Fuel Safe - Hilsabeck.
GRT Race Cars - Allen.
Hooker Harness - Graham.
JRi Shocks - VanderBeek.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components - Duvall.
Keyser Manufacturing - Ramirez.
Marsh Racing Wheels - S. Scott.
Mesilla Valley Transportation - Bennett.
MSD Ignition - Sanders, Dillard.
PBM Performance Products - Sanders.
Power Lift Racing Products - not awarded.
Real Racing Wheels - not awarded.
Sybesma Graphics - VanderBeek.
VP Racing Fuels - Sanders.

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