PARK CITY, Kan.–Rodney Sanders powered his No. 20 USMTS Modified into the lead on lap 10 and led the final 20 laps to score a $2,000 victory Friday at the 81 Speedway on opening night of the 2nd Annual Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown presented by Kansas High Performance Racing Auction.
Fresh off of a $20,000 triumph two weeks ago at the Rancho Milagro USRA Fall Nationals in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the 28-year-old from Happy, Texas, raced past Ryan McAnninch on the ninth lap and overtook leader Adam Kates with 10 laps in the books.
From there, ‘The Rocket’ blasted around the 4/10-mile dirt oval in Park City, Kan., and never relinquished the lead, scoring his second career victory at the 81 Speedway and the 79th of his USMTS career.
“The track was pretty top dominant,” Sanders said. “I kind of got held up the first couple of laps but I didn’t want to do anything stupid and was just biding our time.”
Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla., followed the two-time USMTS national champ to the finish line while Stormy Scott battled his way from the 20th starting spot to claim third-place honors.
Lance Town was fourth and Zack VanderBeek raced from 13th to fifth in the United States Modified Touring Series vs. National Championship Racing Association 30-lapper.
Dan Powers, Logan Robertson, Kenny Sweet, Scott Green and Dave Cain completed the top 10 in a feature that saw 22 of the 24 starters finish on the lead lap.
In B-Mod action, 2008 USMTS Rookie of the Year Brandon Kenny of Woodward, Okla., led the final 17 of 20 laps pocket the $600 winner’s share of the purse. Early leader Brian Davidson, Jeffery Kaup, Jason Denny and Mason Lesmeister rounded out the top five.
Action fires up again on Saturday with another complete show for Modifieds and B-Mods featuring qualifying heats, last-chance races and features for race fans. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing action slated for 7 p.m.
More than $40,000 in prize money earmarked for competitors during the two-day event.
Spectator general admission is $20 each night or fans may purchase a two-day ticket for $35. Kids ages 6 to 11 are $5 each night. Children ages 5 and under are admitted into the grandstands for free both days. Pit passes are $35 each night.
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Saturday will be the final event of the 2017 season for both the USMTS and NCRA as well as the 81 Speedway.
The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. For more information call (316) 755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.com online. To obtain official NCRA Modified rules go to their official website at www.racencra.com.
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