Sanders Back In USMTS Winners Circle At Cotton Bowl Speedway

Rodney Sanders raced to his 99th career victory Sunday as the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s invaded the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas.

After being lapped by the winner and struggling to a tenth-place finish one night earlier, the 30-year-old from Happy, Texas, rediscovered his groove and fended off a late-race challenge from Dereck Ramirez.

Earlier in the program, Ramirez chased down Sanders in Edelbrock Heat Race #3 and blasted past the defending USMTS national champ to take the win.

After falling back early in the 40-lap main event, Ramirez eventually found his way to Sanders’ rear bumper with 15 laps remaining, and pulled alongside the leader on several occasions before a caution with eight laps to go slowed the pace and gave the front-runners a clean track in front of them.

Ramirez chose the outside for the restart while Jason Hughes, who had worked his way to third from 14th on the starting grid, filled the inside lane. At the drop of the green flag, Hughes powered ahead of Ramirez but the yellow flag returned again before a lap could be completed.

This time, Ramirez chose the inside line for the restart and it paid off as he got the advantage over Hughes and set his sights on Sanders.

Sanders, however, seemed to gather strength as the final laps clicked off and sailed away to take the win and $2,500 winner’s share of the prize money while Ramirez settled for second behind ‘The Rocket’ as he did 11 times in 2019.

Hughes continued to run up front, finishing third in front of Hunter Marriott and 12th-starting Zack Vanderbeek. Saturday’s winner, Jason Ingalls, came home in sixth with Philip Houston, Nathan Hagar, Tyler Davis and Kevin Rutherford rounding out the top 10. To connect with the USMTS check out USMTS.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. 2nd Annual Coton Bowl Clash satisfied by Snickers
Cotton Bowl Speedway, Paige, Texas. Sunday, March 1, 2020

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to the Casey’s “A” Main.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (2) 9R Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas. 2. (4) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo. 3. (1) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa. 4. (5) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas. 5. (9) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. 6. (7) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis. 7. (8) 86 Dillon Tindall (R), La Grange, Texas. 8. (3) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn. 9. (6) 71K Kevin Sustaire, Emory, Texas.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (3) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan. 2. (5) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. 3. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 4. (4) 20J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas. 5. (8) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas. 6. (6) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 7. (1) 55D Michael Dotson, Lathrop, Mo. 8. (7) 8 Wesley Summers, Odessa, Mo.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (7) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 2. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 3. (4) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark. 4. (5) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M. 5. (8) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 6. (6) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas. 7. (3) 49 Ryan Slott (R), New Waverly, Texas. 8. (2) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (3) 7 Shayne Bailey, Lathrop, Mo. 2. (5) 55H Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla. 3. (4) 377 Don Banker (R), Austin, Texas. 4. (7) 55 Dave Gaggero (R), Wichita, Kan. 5. (2) 9C Dillon Hill (R), Eunice, N.M. 6. (1) 4M Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas. 7. (6) 24Z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark. 8. (8) 29 Jamie Campbell (R), La Vernia, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (4) 20J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas. 2. (3) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas. 3. (2) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas. 4. (8) 49 Ryan Slott (R), New Waverly, Texas. 5. (7) 86 Dillon Tindall (R), La Grange, Texas. 6. (9) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn. 7. (11) 71K Kevin Sustaire, Emory, Texas. 8. (6) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas. 9. (5) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis. 10. (1) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 11. (10) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. 2. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 3. (2) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M. 4. (3) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 5. (6) 4M Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas. 6. (4) 9C Dillon Hill (R), Eunice, N.M. 7. (10) 29 Jamie Campbell (R), La Vernia, Texas. 8. (7) 55D Michael Dotson, Lathrop, Mo. 9. (9) 8 Wesley Summers, Odessa, Mo. 10. (8) 24Z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark.

CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 2. (6) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 3. (14) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. 4. (4) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo. 5. (12) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa. 6. (13) 20J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas. 7. (15) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas. 8. (1) 55H Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla. 9. (2) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan. 10. (7) 9R Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas. 11. (9) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark. 12. (16) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 13. (22) 4M Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas. 14. (17) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas. 15. (21) 86 Dillon Tindall (R), La Grange, Texas. 16. (23) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis. 17. (24) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D. 18. (10) 377 Don Banker (R), Austin, Texas. 19. (18) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M. 20. (5) 7 Shayne Bailey, Lathrop, Mo. 21. (20) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 22. (19) 49 Ryan Slott (R), New Waverly, Texas. 23. (8) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. 24. (11) 55 Dave Gaggero (R), Wichita, Kan.

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

Lap Leaders: Davis 1-5, Sanders 35-40.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 35, Davis 5.

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