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Rodney Sanders Reaps Red River Spoils

October 15th, 2014

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders took his Swan Energy #20 Kimrad Tranport/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified into battle over the weekend in the inaugural Red River Open Wheel Modified Nationals at Red River Speedway (Wichita Falls, Texas), where he registered his 34th win of 2014.

What was scheduled to be a two-day event was condensed to a one-day, $3,000-to-win program after Friday night’s festivities were washed away by Mother Nature.

Thirty-nine USRA Open Wheel Modifieds filled the pit area on Saturday evening, and Rodney started his outing by charging from fifth to win his heat race. In the feature event, Sanders bolted to the race lead from his outside-front-row starting spot, and led wire-to-wire to claim the $3,000 payday.

“It’s always fun to win, but it’s really fun to win at a new track,” said Sanders. “The car was great all night, and hopefully we can claim the big payday next weekend in New Mexico.”

Complete results from the racing program can be found at

Next on tap for Sanders will be the 15th Annual Window Wax USRA Fall Nationals at Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico). The event is scheduled to pay at least $10,000-to-win, but car count incentives are posted, which could see the first place money increased to $15,000. In addition Mesilla Valley Transportation is sponsoring the Front Row Challenge for the first time in the 15-year history of the mega-event. Both front row starters in Saturday’s A-Main will have the opportunity to start at the back of the field for $25,000 to win. On Thursday and Friday preliminary events will be held, while the finale will headline Saturday’s program. For more information on the event, please visit .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, CMD Race Shocks, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit

The Midsouth Racing Scene –

Haudenschild finds Red River to his liking

August 18th, 2012

W. FARGO, N.D. – Jac Haudenschild might have to change his nickname from “The Wild Child” to “The Rough Rider,” the moniker of North Dakota, where the Wooster, Ohio native dominated the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions event at Red River Valley Speedway Wednesday.

The win is Haudenschild’s first with the UNOH All Stars since 2006 and is his 23rd overall with the series, moving him into 24th on the all-time win list just one way away from tying Sammy Swindell and Keith Kauffman. Haudenschild becomes the 19th different UNOH All Star winner in 2012 with his first series win of 2012.

“I have to thank Tom Liedig for putting me in this car,” said Haudenschild beside the Auto Electric Jupiter/Motter Equipment/Dan and Ruth Motter backed Maxim. “The car was really quick tonight on an awesome race track. I didn’t know if Paul (McMahan) or anyone was coming, so I just ran it as hard as I could and we ended up on top.”

It was a wild night at Red River valley, as the evening began with a quick rain shower that delayed the start of the program. However, the rain, along with several recent improvements to the facility, provided a lightning quick surface on the 3/8th mile dirt oval. McMahan established a new track record before a second rain shower halted qualifying two-thirds of the way through the order. When the shower passed, the cars returned to the track for a quick session of hot laps, followed with a single lap of qualifying. McMahan once again set the standard in the Tom Buch owned machine with a
new track record of 12.045 seconds.

McMahan would continue his strong night by leading all six laps of the Outerwears Performance Parts Dash, holding off a strong challenge from Haudenschild for the win to earn the pole position of the feature. But, when the green flew for the 30-lap feature, it was Haudenschild who seized command with McMahan trying to keep pace with Cap Henry and “The Hammer” David Gravel in pursuit. The race came to a halt on lap four when Henry slowed going down the backstretch. Local standout Mark Dobmeier couldn’t avoid Henry and flipped the Lunstra/Dobmeier #13L.

On the restart Haudenschild once again pulled away and hometown favorite Donny Schatz – fresh off his sixth Knoxville Nationals win – took over third in the family-owned #15 powered by the Alternative 410 Motor Program engine. Unfortunately, his night would come to an end just three laps later when a mechanical failure forced him pitside.

Another red flag stopped brought the field back to Haudenschild, but when the green reappeared, he continued to set a blistering pace. At one point, Haudenschild jumped the cushion in turn three and still maintained a sizable advantage.

At the half-way point the running order was Haudenschild, McMahan, Gravel, Stevie Smith and Jason Sides.

When Haudenschild was racing through lapped traffic, Gravel worked his P&M Transportation #89G up to challenge McMahan for second, grabbing the position on lap 22. Smith started the CL Motorsports #19 eighth and took third from McMahan a lap later.

The final stoppage of the race came on lap 23 when disaster struck Gravel. He was trying to work through lapped traffic when contact resulted in a broken front axle. This started a chain reaction accident and brought out the third and final red flag.

Haudenschild had no problems the final seven laps with a clear track, while Smith and McMahan completed the podium.

“Fargo used to be the big half-mile track and now they’ve got it quite a bit smaller. I enjoy those too,” added Haudenschild. “They had the track really nice tonight…good and heavy. So I think starting up front played to our advantage. I’d say it was our first heavy track all season. It was a great race track tonight and just goes to show you what can happen when a track works on them a little bit.”

For Smith, the 2009 and 2012 Ohio Sprint Speedweek champion, a second place run continued his recent consistent finished.

“We’re still getting very consistent results and that is absolutely key,” said Smith of his DDNi/CJB Motorsports/Spectro Oils/KPC machine. “When we look at our finishes, it’s really good to see long streaks of great finishes because that’s what wins you championships. We’re not running for a season long title this year, but 2013 is a whole different animal.”

“We got a little bit behind in time trials but we still made the dash,” continued Smith, who has 34 top10′s so far in 2012. “Time Trials continue to be the most important part of the night. Where you get slotted in at has a lot to do with the amount of success you’ll have at the track.”

“My hat goes off to the Schatz family. They worked hard to give us a good place to race tonight. They were looking at trying to give us a great surface to race on and then Mother Nature added just a little bit more. We all had to race on the same surface and I hope the fans enjoyed it. It seemed like a heck of a race,” added Smith. “The surface here was a lot like Chico (Silver Dollar Speedway) in that it was very wet and tacky. I think the rain ended up helping the surface a lot because the wind was fierce all day long and it kept that moisture locked in for a long time. Our car going until about 10 laps in…we didn’t seem to take off well. But, after a few laps, we were one of the fastest cars on the track. I
don’t think we had anything for Jac because he was in his own zipcode. We did have some great battles with David Gravel and Paul McMahan.”

McMahan was also pleased with his third place run.

“All in all it was a good night and I really want to thank Tom Buch for letting me bring his car out here,” said McMahan. “The track was in terrific shape. We were fast early and set the track record twice on a night when I earned my first fast qualifier award of the year. If you had your race car right, this was one of the best tracks we’ve had all year. We
were good, but just got bottled up there with some lapped traffic and lost second.”

Sides, who won his first UNOH All Star feature two weeks earlier, would come home fourth ahead of three time UNOH All Star Champion Tim Shaffer, who started 13th. Shaffer would clinch the UNOH All Stars’ Great Plains Region championship and its $10,000 prize.

Shaffer gets redemption in Fargo

August 7th, 2011

FARGO, N.D.- Last year when the All Star Circuit of Champions Thundered Through the Plains? two-time and defending series? titlest Tim Shaffer was riding a huge hot streak that would see him not only claim 16 All Star wins and the series title, but the Knoxville Nationals. Well don’t look now, but ‘The Steel City Outlaw’ is at it again.

Much like the 2011 Ohio Sprint Speedweek when Shaffer never finished out of the top three, he is dominating the All Stars? Great Plains Region. On Wednesday the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania driver passed four-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz in traffic and went on to capture the feature event at Red River Valley Speedway. Shaffer leads the $10,000-to-win Great Plains Region points with his two wins and a third place run.

The win vaulted Shaffer ahead of three-time series champion Dale Blaney for the national points lead as well. Shaffer now has 41 career All Star victories, moving him into 10th on the all-time win list.

At Red River, it was a bit of redemption for Shaffer. Last year he led the All Star feature only to have Schatz pass him in traffic and go on to win the race. The roles were reversed on Wednesday as Shaffer took advantage of Schatz getting hung up in lapped traffic and grabbed the lead two-thirds of the way through the 30-lap race. Shaffer had to hold off several late
challenges by Schatz and took the Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook Motorsports #83 to victory lane for his sixth All Star win of 2011.

“Wow, what a great race,” admitted Shaffer beside his Kistler Engines/VRP Shocks/Kistler Racing Products J&J machine. “My hat goes off to (crew chief) Brian (Kemenah) and the guys. This car really came in late in the race and we were able to get another win. Donny kind of got me at the start and was setting a pretty good pace. I just had to be patient and I think I
may have found the rubber before him on the bottom and we were able to get by him. It’s always good to win races, but this is the time of year when you want things to be going your way. We’re pretty excited.”

Shaffer qualified fourth in the field of 27 cars and started the feature event on the outside of pole-sitter Dale Blaney. Blaney led the early going driving the Ti22 Performance No. 2 before Schatz raced his No. 15 Big Game Treestands/Fast Lane Car Wash J&J into the lead. Once in front, Schatz weaved his way through traffic for several laps and looked poised to repeat
his win from last July, but lapped traffic would ultimately cost him the victory.

With five laps to go, Shaffer, Schatz and Mark Dobmeier were nearly nose to tail with Tyler Walker, Blaney and a charging Tony Stewart closing in. When Austin Wheatly got upside down, it gave Shaffer a clear track but set up a five lap shoot-out. Shaffer would pull away slightly on the restart, but Schatz mounted one more charge. As Shaffer took the white flag, Schatz was just a half a car length back. Another caution would set up a green-white-checkered finish and Shaffer would pull away for the win.

Dobmeier was third in the Lunstra/Dobmeier Motorsports No. 13L J&J. Walker began the evening by setting a new track record in the Keen Motorsports No. 17 Maxim and finished it by coming home fourth. Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart passed Blaney late to earn a top-five finish. “That was a good race and we just needed a few more laps of lapped traffic there at the end,” said Schatz. “I got the lead and felt like I was in pretty good shape, but when it starts taking as long as it did to get by some of those lapped cars, you knew somebody was coming. Great job to Tim and his team for coming up with the win. I’m really happy we had a such a good race for all the people that came out. We’ve got another big show coming up in two weeks (The $12,000-to-win Champions Challenge on Aug. 17), and hopefully we can have another great race like this.”

“We were happy to be on the frontstretch tonight,” said Dobmeier, who hails from Grand Forks, N.D. “The car was really good, but I think I killed my tire early in the race trying to get up there and race with Donny and Blaney. I just didn’t have anything left there at the end. I want to thank everyone for coming out and all of the people that allow me to do this. We’ve got a good team and this is a good way for us to head into the weekend and next week at the (Knoxville) Nationals. Maybe we’ll be just a bit better in two weeks here.”

The All-Stars return to action on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. Two nights later, the series moves onto Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for the annual Front Row Challenge. The Thunder Through the Plains Tour will resume after the 51st annual Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals on Sunday, Aug. 14 at Huset’s Speedway in Sioux Falls. A Tuesday night event at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wisc., precedes the inaugural Champions Challenge at RRVS, which will pay $12,000 to the winner and be the final race in the All-Stars’ Great Plains Region.

Gustin returns to form at Red River Valley Speedway, records 12th USMTS win of 2011 campaign

June 11th, 2011

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Ryan Gustin returned to his winning ways Wednesday as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy invaded the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. ‘The Reaper’ started tenth in the field with a powerful list of drivers in front of him, but the 20-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, took just 19 laps to claw his way to the front and overtake race-long leader Rodney Sanders, and then led the final 21 circuits to record his twelfth WIX Filters “A” Main victory of the season.

The win was worth $2,000 to Gustin and marked his 36th career USMTS triumph battling the best of the best in open-wheel dirt modified racing. Perhaps just as impressive as his dozen wins so far in 2011 is his consistent threat to win. In 29 starts this year, he has won or finished among the top five 25 times.

After dropping out of the main event on Tuesday night with just four laps remaining, Jon Tesch rebounded for a runner-up finish Wednesday. Corey Dripps took third, Sanders held on for fourth and Zack VanderBeek came from the outside of the sixth row to grab the fifth spot. Cody Skytland passes ten cars en route to a sixth-place results, while Jason Grimes, Kelly Shryock, Chase Junghansand Al Hejna rounded out the top ten.

Four more events in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region are on tap as the rugged USMTS road warriors continue their grueling stretch of 17 races over the course of 19 days during Summer Speedweeks with a return to the Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D., on Thursday for the 7th Annual Team Electronics Summer Slam.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at all three Casey’s General Stores locations in Watertown on Thursday. To find the location nearest you, check out

The Casino Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 4 miles northwest of US 212 on SR 20, then 0.7 mile south on Stokes-Thomas Lake Rd. (next to the city park). For more information call 605-881-1781 or the track hotline on race day at 605-882-2855. The track’s Official Website can be found at


Tue Jun 7 … Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, S.D. (winner: Kelly Shryock)
Wed Jun 8 … Red River Valley Speedway, West Fargo, N.D. (winner: Ryan Gustin)
Thu Jun 9 … Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D.
Fri Jun 10 … Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, S.D.
Sat Jun 11 . Jamestown Speedway, Jamestown, N.D.
Sun Jun 12 . Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Mon Jun 13 . Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Tue Jun 14 . Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn.
Wed Jun 15 . Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Thu Jun 16 . Central Wisconsin Raceway, Unity, Wis.
Fri Jun 17 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Sat Jun 18 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Tue Jun 21 . I-35 Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Wed Jun 22 . Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, Iowa
Thu Jun 23 . Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Fri Jun 24 . Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Sat Jun 25 . North Central Speedway, Brainerd, Minn.

Each event will pay $2,000 to the winner of the main event, with more than $200,000 in total prize money up for grabs during the three-week adventure.

After a chaotic month of June, drivers will get a vacation of nearly three weeks before picking up the throttle again on Wednesday, July 13, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will join the World of Outlaws Late Model Series for the first time at the legendary NAPA Gopher 50.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.