Sanders Tops Summit USMTS Southern Series Action At Jackson

Rodney Sanders saw the green flag and then proceeded to pounce on the competition Friday night at the Jackson Motor Speedway, scoring a $3,000 victory. The two-time USMTS National Champion held a comfortable lead for most of the 30-lap main event, but a caution with two laps remaining gave hard-charging Zack VanderBeek a shot at the leader. Nevertheless, Sanders held on for the win while VanderBeek finished second at the 1/4-mile dirt oval for the second year in a row.

Last year VanderBeek inherited the win after apparent winner Lucas Lee was disqualified during post-race technical inspections. This time around ‘The Z-Man’ wasn’t as lucky and had to settle for a runner-up paycheck behind ‘The Sandman.’

Terry Phillips and Logan Robertson each took turns chasing Sanders with Phillips eventually claiming the third-place finish while Robertson followed Timothy Culp across the finish line in the fifth spot.

Joe Duvall came from the 14th starting position to finish sixth, Lance Walker passed ten cars in his USMTS debut to claim seventh, Zane Ferrell earned eighth place, Jeremy Idom nabbed ninth and new Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Mike Striegel rounded out the top ten.

With his 87th career USMTS triumph, Sanders took command in the USMTS National Championship points standings as well as the Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by MSD.

The series heads to the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Minn., tomorrow as the USMTS brings the boom for a third straight year with a three-wide start for Saturday night’s main event at the ‘House of Hook.’ To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit USMTS.com or call (515) 832-7944.

United States Modified Touring Series, Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by MSD.
Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Mississippi. Friday, April 5, 2019

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. (3) 7h Spencer Hughes, Meridian, Miss; 2. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo; 3. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 4. (2) 3 Chad Shivers, Prentiss, Miss; 5. (5) 187 Kenny Hollingsworth, Carthage, Miss; 6. (4) 246 Jade Luzenberg, Saucier, Miss; 7. (6) 127 Matt Clark, Ellisville, Miss.

Fast Shafts Heat Race #2 (8 laps): 1. (6) C8 Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark; 2. (2) 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss; 3. (1) L88 Jarrod May, Magee, Miss; 4. (5) 25L Lance Walker, Morton, Miss; 5. (4) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn.
6. (3) 7 Bryan Foy, Lacombe, La; DNS – 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.

Edelbrock Heat Race #3 (8 laps):
1. (3) 008 Greg Hollingsworth, Lawrence, Miss; 2. (6) 13 Jeremy Idom, Hattiesburg, Miss 3. (2) 3h Toby Hodge, Pulaski, Miss; 4. (4) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La; 5. (1) 14 Ben Davis, Poplarville, Miss; 6. (7) 18 Heath Williams, Prentiss, Miss; 7. (5) 55 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla.

VP Racing Fuels Heat Race #4 (8 laps): 1. (2) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas; 2. (1) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo; 3. (3) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa; 4. (6) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa; 5. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla; 6. (5) 24z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark.

Real Racing Wheels “B” Main #1 (8 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (2) 3 Chad Shivers, Prentiss, Miss; 2. (1) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa; 3. (8) 55 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla; 4. (4) 14 Ben Davis, Poplarville, Miss; 5. (3) 187 Kenny Hollingsworth, Carthage, Miss; 6. (7) 127 Matt Clark, Ellisville, Miss., DirtWorks/Mike’s, $75; 7. (6) 7 Bryan Foy, Lacombe, La., Trak-Star/Mullins, $90; 8. (5) 18 Heath Williams, Prentiss, Miss., GRT/ChevPerf, $75.

Real Racing Wheels “B” Main #2 (8 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla; 2. (6) 24z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark; 3. (1) 25L Lance Walker, Morton, Miss; 4. (3) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn; 5. (2) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La; 6. (5) 246 Jade Luzenberg, Saucier, Miss., Hughes/TimsBuilt, $75; DNS – 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, $90.

Summit Racing Equipment “A” Main (30 laps):
1. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 30, $3000; 2. (12) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 30, $1800; 3. (7) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Hatfield, 30, $1100; 4. (5) C8 Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark., Shaw/ChevPerf, 30, $800; 5. (2) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 30, $700; 6. (14) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 30, $650; 7. (17) 25L Lance Walker, Morton, Miss., GRT/Wall2Wall, 30, $400; 8. (15) 24z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark., MBCustoms/ASI, 30, $550; 9. (6) 13 Jeremy Idom, Hattiesburg, Miss., Rage/Mitchell, 30, $350; 10. (9) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo., GRT/ChevPerf, 30, $450; 11. (16) 55 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla., Shaw/Rev’s, 30, $425; 12. (19) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn., MBCustoms/Mullins, 30, $275; 13. (21) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La., GRT/Wall2Wall, 30, $250; 14. (1) 008 Greg Hollingsworth, Lawrence, Miss., GRT/ChevPerf, 28, $225; 15. (10) L88 Jarrod May, Magee, Miss., Hughes/Wall2Wall, 28, $225; 16. (11) 3h Toby Hodge, Pulaski, Miss., GRT/Brown, 27, $300; 17. (3) 7h Spencer Hughes, Meridian, Miss., Lethal/Mullins, 25, $300; 18. (20) 187 Kenny Hollingsworth, Carthage, Miss., Chase/Barker, 25, $225; 19. (8) 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss., GRT/Mullins, 16, $225; 20. (13) 3 Chad Shivers, Prentiss, Miss., Hughes/Mullins, 15, $300; 21. (18) 14 Ben Davis, Poplarville, Miss., Davis/Smiley’s, 10, $225; DNS – 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 0, $300.

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