Sanders Adds Oskaloosa To His USMTS Conquest Collection

In capturing his 84th career victory Wednesday night, Rodney Sanders dominated the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup main event, leading all 30 laps of the 11th Annual Summit Racing Summer Classic at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. It had been seven years since the series fired up at “The Monster” and the win gave “The Sandman” another new race track to add to his list of conquests.

A pair of cautions flags on laps 17 and 21 only served to give false hope to Sanders’ pursuers as he was able to pull away on each ensuing restart before crossing beneath the checkered flag with, according to Sanders, “about two laps left” on his right rear tire. Stormy Scott held off his twin brother Johnny Scott to claim the runner-up finish while Terry Phillips and Lucas Schott finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Dereck Ramirez, 16th-starting Kenny Gaddis, Jake O’Neil, 20th-starting Joe Duvall and Lance Town completed the top 10.

Tire issues plagued the field in the main event. Both O’Neil and Town ducked into the pits for fresh rubber during the lap-17 caution and both found their way back to the front for top-10 finishes. Others were not so fortunate, including USRA Modified national points leader Darron Fuqua who fell out with four laps to go while running fourth.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. 11th Annual Summit Racing Summer Classic
Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa. Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, 2. (6) 2s Stormy Scott, 3. (1) 7 Carter VanDenBerg, 4. (5) 4r Dereck Ramirez, 5. (3) 23 Adam Kates, 6. (7) 2g Kenny Gaddis, 7. (9) 62 Greg Cox, 8. (8) 19sb Lance Mari (R), 9. (4) 7 Sean Gaddis (R). 

HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (2) 33z Zack VanderBeek, 2. (1) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), 3. (6) 1st Johnny Scott, 4. (3) 21t Lance Town, 5. (7) 19r Ryan Gustin, 6. (5) 07 Cory Crapser, 7. (8) 10 Casey Arneson, 8. (9) 91 Joe Duvall, 9. (4) 9a Logan Anderson.

HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, 2. (8) 87 Darron Fuqua, 3. (7) 69 Lucas Schott, 4. (4) 10c Cayden Carter, 5. (2) 49j Jason Murray, 6. (1) 29 Ron Ver Beek, 7. (6) 9 Jerad Fuller, 8. (5) 8c Chris Clark.

B MAIN (10 laps, top 6 advance): 1. (1) 07 Cory Crapser, 2. (4) 10 Casey Arneson, 3. (2) 29 Ron Ver Beek, 4. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, 5. (7) 19sb Lance Mari (R), 6. (10) 9a Logan Anderson, 7. (3) 62 Greg Cox, 8. (5) 9 Jerad Fuller, 9. (8) 8c Chris Clark, 10. (9) 7 Sean Gaddis (R).

A MAIN (30 laps):

  1. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders
  2. (4) 2s Stormy Scott
  3. (5) 1st Johnny Scott
  4. (6) 75 Terry Phillips
  5. (8) 69 Lucas Schott
  6. (10) 4r Dereck Ramirez
  7. (16) 2g Kenny Gaddis
  8. (1) 0 Jake O’Neil (R)
  9. (20) 91 Joe Duvall
  10. (11) 21t Lance Town
  11. (23) 8c Chris Clark
  12. (19) 29 Ron Ver Beek, 
  13. (24) 62 Greg Cox
  14. (3) 87 Darron Fuqua
  15. (7) 33z Zack VanderBeek
  16. (12) 10c Cayden Carter
  17. (13) 19r Ryan Gustin
  18. (9) 7 Carter VanDenBerg
  19. (14) 23 Adam Kates
  20. (17) 07 Cory Crapser
  21. (18) 10 Casey Arneson
  22. (21) 19sb Lance Mari (R)
  23. (22) 9a Logan Anderson 
  24. (15) 49j Jason Murray
  25. (R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender

Lap Leader: Sanders 1-30.

Total Laps Led: Sanders 30.

Margin of Victory: 0.476 second.

Time of Race: 17 minutes, 20.218 seconds (2 cautions).

Provisional Starters: Clark, Cox (track).

Eibach Spring Forward Award: Duvall (advanced 14 positions).

FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Duvall (started 20th, finished 9th).

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