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Sanders in seventh heaven at Silver Dollar Nationals

 

GREENWOOD, Neb. (July 23) -- As he had been in the last six main events at I-80 Speedway's Silver Dollar Nationals, Rodney Sanders was the hottest driver on the track Saturday night.

 

But after two nights of racing in 100-degree weather, the 26-year-old native of Happy, Texas, couldn't afford to be too hot.

 

Nevertheless, he had to contend with his teammate and girlfriend's father, Jason Krohn, from start to finish.

 

"There wasn't much choice," Sanders said after winning the feature-his seventh straight in the sixth running of the crown jewel event for the United States Modified Touring Series. "I thought I might burn up my engine if I ran high on the track, but he was low and I had to find something to get in front and stay in front."

 

Sanders, the 2013 and 2014 USMTS national champion, led all but one of the 42 laps, but despite his pole start was never able to rest with Krohn breathing down his neck.

 

After winning the ten-lap dash earlier in the evening, Krohn drew the number two chip which put him on the outside of Sanders on the front row.

 

Sanders got the jump to take control at the start of the race, but Krohn showed him the nose of his machine dozens of times.

 

Krohn, who captured his first and only USMTS national championship crown in 2007 to end Kelly Shryock's streak of eight consecutive titles, made his move with nine laps to go and slid up in front of Sanders to lead lap 33.

 

A restart on the next lap saw Sanders zip around the outside of Krohn to retake the lead.

Krohn stayed glued to Sanders' rear bumper but never found a way to regain the top spot as 'The Rocket' sped to his seventh USMTS victory of the season and 71st of his career.

"This is my favorite track, and I love to race here," said Sanders, who collected $5,000 for his efforts.

 

Krohn crossed the finish line in second in his first start in 2016 with the USMTS Casey's Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

 

Cade Dillard held off Jason Hughes for the third position with Johnny Scott charging from 14th on the grid to round out the top five, followed by Terry Phillips, Matt Dotson, Zack VanderBeek, Jeremy Rasmussen and Daniel Hilsabeck.

 

Following the event, track co-owner Joe Kosiski announced that next year's 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals will award $10,000 to the winner of the USMTS main event.

With his finish Saturday night, Hughes wrapped up his second USMTS regional title of the season.

 

Behind Hughes in the final MSD Central Region points, Dillard climbed into second ahead of Jesse Sobbing, who blew an engine just 13 laps into Saturday's finale.

 

Dereck Ramirez, Hilsabeck, Mike Jergens, Sanders, Scott, Joe Duvall and Tanner Mullens, VanderBeek, Cody Bauman, Brock Bauman, Stormy Scott and Ryan Gustin filled out the remainder of the top 15 in final points and assured themselves a place in this year's Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

 

The RealTruck.com Northern Region will wrap up June 29-30 with racing on Friday at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., and Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

 

'The Hunt' begins Aug. 4 at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., with a $25,000 awaiting the 2016 USMTS national champion.

 

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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey's Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental - MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports
6th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals - Night #2 of 2
I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, Neb.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won.

REAL RACING WHEELS LAST CHANCE RACE #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 31j Jeremy Rasmussen, Rogers, Ark.
2. (2) N81 Mike Densberger ®, Lincoln, Neb.
3. (4) 6 Brock Bauman ®, Eureka, Ill.
4. (7) 4 Cody Bauman ®, Eureka, Ill.
5. (9) 50c Colton Osborn, Lexington, Neb.
6. (5) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
7. (3) 70 Jesse Dennis, Prescott, Iowa, Skyrocket/Midstate, $350.
8. (6) 7 Justin Gregg, Hastings, Neb., /, $300.
9. (8) 10 Dustin Thayer, De Leon Springs, Fla., /, $250.
10. (10) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., TRE/Kelly, $240.
11. (11) 51 Tim Thomas, West Fargo, N.D., Hughes/G-Force, $230.
DNS - 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., MBCustom/Mullins, $200.
DNS - 4x Kevin Larkins, Batesville, Neb., Jet/Speedway, $200.
DNS - 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., Venom/Driskell, $200.

REAL RACING WHEELS LAST CHANCE RACE #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (2) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
2. (1) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla.
3. (6) 15 Andy Wilkinson, York, Neb.
5. (3) 99 Jett Big Eagle ®, Manor, Sask., Canada.
4. (5) 17 Jon Plowman, Woodbine, Iowa.
6. (7) 21t Lance Town, Wellsville, Kan.
7. (9) 23 Adam Kates ®, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, $400.
8. (10) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo., Shaw/Wyman, $350.
9. (4) 27 Clint Homan, Bellevue, Neb., Razor/Homan, $300.
10. (8) 01 Brian Perdue, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Bandit/Roberts, $250.
11. (12) 37 Mike Jergens ®, Plover, Iowa.
12. (11) 20r Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., BlackWidow/ProPower, $230.
DNS - 01 Joey Galloway, Emo, Ont., Canada, GRT/ProPower, $200.
DNS - 95 Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb., Jet/Speedway, $200.

MALVERNBANK.COM DASH (10 laps):
1. (2) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn., $800.
2. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, $600.
3. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., $500.
4. (6) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., $400.
5. (3) 2s Stormy Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M., $300.
6. (5) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo., $250.
7. (10) 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, $200.
8. (7) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., $150.
9. (8) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., $150.
10. (9) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., $150.

CASEY'S GENERAL STORES "A" MAIN (42 laps):
1. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Hatfield, 42, $5000.
2. (1) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn., MBCustom/Sput's, 42, $3000.
3. (4) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustom/ASI, 42, $2000.
4. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 42, $1600.
5. (14) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Lethal/Durham, 42, $1350.
6. (11) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Hatfield, 42, $1200.
7. (15) 88d Matt Dotson, Hallsville, Mo., Rage/ProPower, 42, $1000.
8. (16) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput's, 42, $900.
9. (17) 31j Jeremy Rasmussen, Rogers, Ark., TRE/Donrich, 42, $800.
10. (18) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa, Hilsabeck/Mullins, 42, $775.
11. (6) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 42, $750.
12. (8) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., MBCustom/Tim's, 42, $725.
13. (24) 99 Jett Big Eagle ®, Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/ProPower, 42, $700.
14. (28) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, 42, $675.
15. (13) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/Tim's, 42, $650.
16. (9) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, 42, $625.
17. (23) 4 Cody Bauman ®, Eureka, Ill., GRT/Mullins, 42, $600.
18. (25) 50c Colton Osborn, Lexington, Neb., DirtBoss/GMPP, 42, $575.
19. (21) 6 Brock Bauman ®, Eureka, Ill., GRT/Mullins, 42, $550.
20. (27) 37 Mike Jergens ®, Plover, Iowa, GRT/KSE, 35, $500.
21. (26) 17 Jon Plowman, Woodbine, Iowa, Shaw/Midstate, 30, $500.
22. (5) 2s Stormy Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M., Lethal/Mullins, 25, $500.
23. (12) 21 Jacob Bleess ®, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustom/BK, 24, $500.
24. (20) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., MBCustom/Geddes, 15, $500.
25. (10) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 14, $500.
26. (7) 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, Harris/Sput's, 13, $500.
27. (22) 15 Andy Wilkinson, York, Neb., BMS/Donrich, 11, $500.
28. (19) N81 Mike Densberger ®, Lincoln, Neb., Jet/Speedway, 7, $500.

® = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leaders: Sanders 1-32, Krohn 33, Sanders 34-42.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 41, Krohn 1.
Margin of Victory: 0.642 second.
Time of Race: 28 minutes, 10.116 seconds (5 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Jergens, Mullens.
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: J. Big Eagle (started 24th, finished 13th).
Entries: 44.
Next Race: Friday, July 29, Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
MSD Central Region Points (final): Hughes 967, Dillard 917, Sobbing 906, Ramirez 838, Hilsabeck 743, Jergens 713, Sanders 704, J. Scott 687, Duvall 671, Mullens 638.
Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year Points: B. Bauman 1369, C. Bauman 1335, J. Big Eagle 1165, Tyler Wolff 1092, Jergens 911.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Mullins 303, Geddes 204, Durham 204, Sput's 199, ASI 194.
Manufacturers Championship Points: Hughes 305, MBCustoms 292, LG2 236, Harris 202, GRT 196.

Contingency Awards:
Allstar Performance - Rasmussen.
American Racer - not awarded.
Bell Helmets - Osborn.
Beyea Custom Headers - Phillips.
BSB Manufacturing - Plowman.
Day Motor Sports - Bleess, Timms.
Deatherage Opticians - J. Big Eagle.
Edelbrock - not awarded.
Eibach Springs - J. Big Eagle.
Fast Shafts - Sanders.
FK Rod Ends - Duvall.
Forty9Designs.com - M. Big Eagle, Hughes.
Fuel Safe - Dotson.
GRT Race Cars - Jergens.
Hooker Harness - Mullens.
Integra Shocks & Springs - B. Bauman.
Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service - C. Bauman.
Kevko Oil Pans & Components - Hilsabeck.
Keyser Manufacturing - Payne.
KSE Racing Products - J. Big Eagle.
Midwest Sheet Metal - Jergens.
MSD - Sanders.
Out-Pace Racing Products - C. Bauman.
PBM Performance Products - Dillard.
QA1 - Hilsabeck.
Real Racing Wheels - all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics - not awarded.
VP Racing Fuels - Sanders.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products - Crapser.
Wilwood Engineering - VanderBeek.

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