Sanders claimed his first career Super Late Model victory at Cherokee Speedway with the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series in May, going from third to first on the final lap when Chris Ferguson suffered a flat tire coming to the white flag. There was no such theatrics at Sumter, as Sanders led flag-to-flag for his second win of the year.
While it was a dominant showing, it was still a surprising one for Sanders considering his history at the South Carolina facility.
“We went into the race not really expecting to be win, to be honest,” said Sanders on Speed51’s “The Bullring.” “It’s not one of our better tracks. We had a decent car in practice and made a few changes in qualifying. It didn’t feel great in qualifying, but I came in and they told me I had quick time. We went out there, got the lead early, set the pace. Besides the power steering quitting about halfway, it was a good race.”
With his first two Super Late Model wins under his belt, Sanders has to pinch himself reflecting on the success he’s had this season.
“So far it’s been unreal. I didn’t expect it to be this good, but I’m definitely happy to pick up our second win of the year. It’s definitely a dream-come-true season so far.
It’s been a great year. I looked at our results a few weeks ago, and we already had 10 or 15 top-fives. Normally, if we have three or four top-fives, I’m happy with it. At the start of the year we started out really strong. We had some bad races in the middle of the summer that got us behind, but the last few weeks we’ve regrouped and found speed in the car. It makes it easier going to the track knowing you’ve got a shot every week.
Win or lose, Sanders is never hard to find at the race track. His signature three-digit No. 421 helps him stand out on the track, and he’s often one of the only Super Late Model drivers in the pits showing up with his race car on an open trailer.
He doesn’t expect that to change even with this year’s success.
“It’s a cool deal. As far as having an enclosed trailer or big truck and trailer, it doesn’t mean a lot to me. The open trailer makes it easy to load and unload, get your stuff to the track, and that’s all that matters. It’s cool to see people on the road pull up with their cameras out taking pictures of the car or little kids giving you thumbs-up. It’s pretty cool.”
Fans can click here to listen to Sanders’ full interview from Speed51’s “The Bullring.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Director of Digital Content – Twitter: @ztevans
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