Rodney Sanders Buries USMTS Foes At Boothill Speedway

The path to a fourth USMTS national title for Rodney Sanders became clearer Saturday night after the 30-year-old from Happy, Texas, collected his tenth win of 2020 when the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s invaded the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La.

Sanders, who has 24 top-five and 33 top-10 efforts in 34 starts, can seal the deal and secure his second straight crown with a top-ten finish in each of the last six races. Terry Phillips paced the start from the pole position and led the first lap before giving way to Sanders who led the final 39 circuits en route to a $3,000 payday and his 17th career USMTS triumph.

Dereck Ramirez has trailed Sanders in the points battle since March and trailed him by 1.507 seconds at the finish line in Saturday’s feature race for the 5th Annual I-20 Showdown presented by Champ Pans. Ninth-starting Tanner Mullens bounced back from his worst night of the season Friday to claim third Saturday and, in doing so, clinched the 2020 Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Award.

The Rest Of The Top Ten

Zack VanderBeek followed up Friday’s win with a fourth-place finish and Tyler Wolff raced from 15th on the starting grid to round out the top five. Phillips held on for sixth, Chris Henigan was seventh, Tyler Davis came from 19th to ern the eight spot and the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award, Casey Skyberg nabbed ninth and the tenth driver to see the checkered flag was New Mexico’s Jake Gallardo.

Currently, the 2020 schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 40 nights of racing at 25 unique dirt ovals for the 22nd season of competition for the world’s Best of the Best in dirt modified racing. To connect with the USMTS check out USMTS.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. 5th Annual USMTS I-20 Showdown, Boothill Speedway, Greenwood, La. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder and laps completed. The top 12 in heat race passing points advanced to the Casey’s “A” Main with the top-8 drawing for starting positions 1-8.

HEAT RACES

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (3) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.; 2. (5) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.; 3. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.; 4. (9) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.; 5. (4) 15J Jason Webb (R), McKinney, Texas; 6. (2) 56 Broc Bowen (R), Fannin, Texas; 7. (8) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.; 8. (7) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla.; 9. (6) 31M Travis Mosley (R), Batesville, Ark.; 10. (10) 81 Cody Simpson (R), Quinlan, Texas

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (4) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas; 2. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 3. (2) 28 Wendall Bolden, Greenville, Texas; 4. (1) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.; 5. (8) 8T Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas; 6. (9) 15 Dennie Gieber, Frankston, Texas; 7. (5) 79 Randall Settle (R), Shreveport, La.; 8. (3) 51 Lucas Gibbs (R), Udall, Kan.; 9. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa; 2. (4) 12J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas; 3. (5) 444 Brooks Strength (R), Raymond, Miss.; 4. (2) 8 Jeremy Vaughn, Pocola, Okla.; 5. (9) 8 Wesley Summers, Wellington, Mo.; 6. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 7. (3) 2¢ Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, Texas; 8. (7) 10C Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas; 9. (8) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (1) 12T Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas; 2. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 3. (4) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.; 4. (7) 13J James McCreery (R), Midlothian, Texas; 5. (3) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.; 6. (8) 503 Jason Miles (R), Glenwood, Ark.; 7. (6) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas; 8. (9) 20T Brent Tidwell (R), Harleton, Texas; 9. (2) 3C Colby Collins (R), Waskom, Texas

B MAIN EVENTS

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (5) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.; 2. (3) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.; 3. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.; 4. (7) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.; 5. (8) 2¢ Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, Texas; 6. (6) 56 Broc Bowen (R), Fannin, Texas, MBCustoms/Fletcher.; 7. (13) 81 Cody Simpson (R), Quinlan, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield.; 8. (9) 20T Brent Tidwell (R), Harleton, Texas, IRP/.; 9. (11) 31M Travis Mosley (R), Batesville, Ark., Shaw/Mullins.; 10. (4) 15 Dennie Gieber, Frankston, Texas, GRT/AMS.; DNS – 8 Wesley Summers, Wellington, Mo., GRT/Hess.; DNS – 51 Lucas Gibbs (R), Udall, Kan., MBCustoms/Bailey.; DNS – 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (2) 8T Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas; 2. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 3. (5) 503 Jason Miles (R), Glenwood, Ark.; 4. (11) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 5. (3) 8 Jeremy Vaughn, Pocola, Okla.; 6. (9) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla., GRT/ChevPerf.; 7. (10) 10C Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas; 8. (12) 3C Colby Collins (R), Waskom, Texas, DirtWorks/EZ1.; 9. (8) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas, IRP/F-1.; 10. (7) 79 Randall Settle (R), Shreveport, La., Shaw/PTS.; 11. (1) 28 Wendall Bolden, Greenville, Texas, MBCustoms/Bullet.; 12. (4) 15J Jason Webb (R), McKinney, Texas, VanderBuilt/Wornhor.

A MAIN FEATURE

CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40.
2. (8) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40.
3. (9) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, 40.
4. (7) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40.
5. (15) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/ECE, 40.
6. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40.
7. (6) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, GRT/Stoen, 40.
8. (19) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 40.
9. (13) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., Lethal/Mullins, 40.
10. (11) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, 40.
11. (5) 12J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas, IRP/Shipley, 40.
12. (22) 8 Jeremy Vaughn, Pocola, Okla., Hughes/BMS, 40.
13. (21) 2¢ Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, Texas, MBCustoms/Mullins, 26.
14. (2) 12T Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas, Lethal/ChevPerf, 15.
15. (24) 10C Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas, GRT/Sput’s, 13.
16. (18) 503 Jason Miles (R), Glenwood, Ark., Shaw/Kuntz, 13.
17. (17) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, 11.
18. (4) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/Stoen, 9.
19. (16) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/BMS, 9.
20. (12) 13J James McCreery (R), Midlothian, Texas, MBCustoms/Wells, 9.
21. (20) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 9.
22. (14) 8T Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas, IRP/ChevPerf, 8.
23. (10) 444 Brooks Strength (R), Raymond, Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, 7
24. (23) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 7.

(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender

Lap Leaders: Phillips 1, Sanders 2-40.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 39, Phillips 1.
Margin of Victory: 1.507 seconds.

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