Amarillo, TX – Rodney Sanders returned to familiar territory twice Saturday night: his home track at the Route 66 Motor Speedway and USMTS victory lane.

After taking charge at the drop of the green flag, Sanders dominated the main event. He led all 40 laps to collect his 55th career United States Modified Touring Series triumph and his sixth straight win in USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental competition.

In his six-race win streak, ‘The Rocket’ has collected $18,000 in winnings and led 180 of the 240 feature race laps, including the last 133 consecutive green flag orbits.

Although the 25-year-old two-time defending USMTS National Champion is hesitant to discuss the matter, the murmurs have begun to surface about the safety of Kelly Shryock’s ten-year-old record of 11 straight wins.

He came up three short last summer after recording eight consecutive wins-the second-most in series history.

Although he threatened to extinguish Sanders’s hot streak early on in Saturday’s race, Dereck Ramirez was unable to keep pace with Sanders following the race’s final caution midway through the contest and settled for the runner-up paycheck.

Steve Whiteaker Jr. was impressive as he roared from 16th on the starting grid to score a third-place finish ahead of Stormy Scott, who is piloting Penn Bros. No. 5 machine for the remainder of the Double H Bands Southern Region events.

Casey Arneson rounded out the top five Grant Junghans, Johnny Scott, Joe Duvall, Daniel Hilsabeck and Dee Gossett completed the top 10.

Duvall’s result was made more impressive by the fact that he rebounded from a lap-14 mishap to pass 18 cars in the final 26 laps. Meanwhile, Hilsabeck charged from 24th at the start to place ninth.

The USMTS Southern Speedweek continues this Tuesday, June 23, with a trip to the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, Texas.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental – Double H Bands Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports
6th Annual Amarillo Ambush
Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas
Saturday, June 20, 2015


Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races were locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

MSD HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 10 Dee Gossett, Amarillo, Texas.
2. (2) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas.
3. (4) 89c Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas.
4. (3) 21 Austin Bonner (R), Elk City, Okla.
5. (8) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas.
6. (9) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas.
7. (7) 26 Mike Stroud, Fritch, Texas.
8. (5) 9 Danton Odell, Canyon, Texas.
9. (6) 3 Billy Nalley, Amarillo, Texas.

DAY MOTOR SPORTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 17 Dustin Austin (R), Amarillo, Texas.
3. (6) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
4. (4) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
5. (2) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
6. (7) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas.
7. (9) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa.
8. (5) 88r A.J. Vasquez (R), Garden City, Mich.
9. (8) 22 Jarrod Crandall, Amarillo, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
2. (3) 14t Triston Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas.
3. (4) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
4. (8) 2x Gene Weaver (R), Amarillo, Texas.
5. (2) 39 Jerry Davis, Wellington, Texas.
6. (5) 55 Braden Woods, Amarillo, Texas.
7. (7) 44 Austin Junod, Lubbock, Texas.
8. (6) 87 Ben Scott Jr., Dimmitt, Texas.
9. (9) 47 Knick Stewart, Amarillo, Texas.

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 15b Bobby Mayfield, Elk City, Okla.
2. (1) 5* Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (8) 99n Matt Newkirk, Amarillo, Texas.
4. (6) 2s Cache Smith, Erick, Okla.
5. (4) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas.
6. (9) 14 Ronnie Yanacsek, Amarillo, Texas.
7. (7) 7 A.J. Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas.
8. (5) 11 Dustin Allen (R), Enid, Okla.
9. (3) J41 Monte Bolton, Wolfforth, Texas.

DOUBLE H BANDS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (1) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
2. (3) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
3. (2) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
4. (4) 31 Neal DeBord, Amarillo, Texas.
5. (5) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla.
6. (6) 23g Jim Gress, Amarillo, Texas.
7. (7) 100 Roy Compton, Wolfforth, Texas.
8. (8) 21 Derek Scott, Canyon, Texas.
9. (9) 83 Chad Bryan, Amarillo, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (2) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
2. (9) 55 Braden Woods, Amarillo, Texas.
3. (1) 2x Gene Weaver (R), Amarillo, Texas.
4. (10) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa.
5. (4) 21 Austin Bonner (R), Elk City, Okla.
6. (5) 31 Neal DeBord, Amarillo, Texas.
7. (7) 39 Jerry Davis, Wellington, Texas.
8. (8) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla.
9. (17) 83 Chad Bryan, Amarillo, Texas, SRP/Yackster, $75.
10. (11) 44 Austin Junod, Lubbock, Texas, Hughes/Tim’s, $75.
11. (16) 47 Knick Stewart, Amarillo, Texas, D&M/Herring, $75.
12. (3) 2s Cache Smith, Erick, Okla., Hughes/Buzzard, $75.
13. (13) 88r A.J. Vasquez (R), Garden City, Mich., BMS/Farris, $90.
14. (12) 100 Roy Compton, Wolfforth, Texas, SRP/TES, $75.
15. (6) 14 Ronnie Yanacsek, Amarillo, Texas, DirtWorks/PPE, $75.
16. (14) 11 Dustin Allen (R), Enid, Okla., GRT/Dunsworth, $90.
17. (15) 3 Billy Nalley, Amarillo, Texas, Harris/PPE, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (2) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
2. (1) 89c Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas.
3. (3) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas.
4. (6) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
5. (8) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas.
6. (4) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa.
7. (9) 23g Jim Gress, Amarillo, Texas.
8. (11) 7 A.J. Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas, SRP/PPE, $75.
9. (7) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas.
10. (13) 87 Ben Scott Jr., Dimmitt, Texas, SRP/Gary’s, $75.
11. (5) 5 Shane Sprinkle, Andrews, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, $90.
12. (10) 26 Mike Stroud, Fritch, Texas, SRP/PPE, $75.
13. (12) 9 Danton Odell, Canyon, Texas, D&M/Blevins, $75.
14. (14) 21 Derek Scott, Canyon, Texas, TRE/Thomas, $75.
15. (15) 22 Jarrod Crandall, Amarillo, Texas, D&M/Blevins, $75.
16. (16) J41 Monte Bolton, Wolfforth, Texas, LG2/Sput’s, $90.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 40, $3000.
2. (5) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 40, $1700.
3. (16) 89c Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas, GRT/Mullins, 40, $1200.
4. (12) 5* Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $1000.
5. (9) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., GRT/Durham, 40, $900.
6. (13) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., MBCustom/Sput’s, 40, $800.
7. (3) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., MBCustom/Mullins, 40, $700.
8. (14) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, 40, $650.
9. (24) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa, Hilsabeck/Mullins, 40, $600.
10. (6) 10 Dee Gossett, Amarillo, Texas, GRT/Carroll’s, 40, $450.
11. (8) 14t Triston Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas, GRT/Wells, 40, $500.
12. (10) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., LG2/Geddes, 40, $450.
13. (20) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustom/PPE, 40, $425.
14. (23) 31 Neal DeBord, Amarillo, Texas, BillsBuilt/Blevins, 40, $325.
15. (15) 55 Braden Woods, Amarillo, Texas, Hughes/Carroll’s, 40, $300.
16. (22) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas, SRP/GMPP, 40, $275.
17. (4) 17 Dustin Austin (R), Amarillo, Texas, Hughes/Geddes, 40, $325.
18. (28) 39 Jerry Davis, Wellington, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 40, $250.
19. (27) 23g Jim Gress, Amarillo, Texas, IRP/McCabe, 39, $250.
20. (7) 15b Bobby Mayfield, Elk City, Okla., Hughes/Shinook, 39, $250.
21. (25) 38 Ronnie Gould III (R), Seminole, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 39, $400.
22. (26) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas, Hughes/PPE, 39, $400.
23. (19) 99 Jesse Sobbing (R), Malvern, Iowa, MBCustom/Sput’s, 32, $400.
24. (18) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas, MBCustom/Carroll’s, 27, $250.
25. (11) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas, CAM/Herring, 22, $300.
26. (17) 2x Gene Weaver (R), Amarillo, Texas, GRT/PPE, 21, $300.
27. (21) 21 Austin Bonner (R), Elk City, Okla., Shaw/Geddes, 14, $300.
28. (2) 99n Matt Newkirk, Amarillo, Texas, Shaw/Willie, 14, $250.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leader: Sanders 1-40.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 40.
Margin of Victory: 3.915 seconds.
Provisional Starters: Gould, Robertson, Davis (track), Gress (track).
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Mayfield.
Hard Charger: Hilsabeck (started 24th, finished 9th).
Entries: 45.
Next Race: Tuesday, June 23, Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott, Texas.
Double H Bands Southern Region Points: Sanders 290, Ramirez 277, J. Scott 265, Junghans 254, Sobbing 233, S. Scott 228, Duvall 204, Houston 198, Dillard 192, Gould 185.
Rookie of the Year Points: Sobbing 1908, C. Arneson 1658, Ben Kates 1360, Austin Arneson 1073, Gould 892.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Geddes 223, Sput’s 192, Mullins 175, Durham 147, Cornett 125.
Manufacturers Championship Points: MBCustom 254, LG2 242, GRT 225, Hughes 194, Shaw 81.

Contingency Awards:
AERO Race Wheels – Newkirk.
Allstar Performance – Duvall.
American Racer – Gress.
Beyea Custom Headers – Arneson.
BSB Manufacturing – Gould.
Chix Gear Racewear – Whiteaker.
Deatherage Opticians – Whiteaker.
Edelbrock – Mayfield.
Eibach Springs – Dillard.
FK Rod Ends – Woods.
Forty9Designs.com – DeBord, Gress.
Fuel Safe – Junghans.
GRT Race Cars – D. Allen.
Hooker Harness – Houston.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Hilsabeck.
Keyser Manufacturing – Dycus.
KSE Racing Products – Dycus.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Bonner.
Midwest Sheet Metal – Sobbing.
MSD Ignition – D. Gossett, Sanders.
PBM Performance Products – Sanders.
QA1 – J. Scott.
R2C Performance Products – Ramirez.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Mayfield.
Tilton Engineering – S. Scott.
VP Racing Fuels – Sanders.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Dycus.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – J. Scott.

Story & Photo: USMTS PR

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