MOBERLY, Mo.-Terry Phillips and Rodney Sanders continued their battle that began the previous night in Kansas City, but Saturday night at the Randolph County Raceway it was a fight for second as Jesse Sobbing landed a blow to the two heavyweights en route to claiming his first-ever USMTS victory.
Starting next to Phillips on the outside of the front row, Sobbing took charge on the first lap and then fended off several challenges from Friday night’s winner until Sanders entered the picture on lap 8.
After a lap-10 caution, Sanders disposed of Phillips and began to apply pressure to Sobbing, who currently leads the USMTS Rookie of the Year standings.
Sanders was able to pull alongside Sobbing on three occasions, but each time Sobbing had the strength to power back around the outside to maintain the top spot.
Phillips got back around Sanders with nine laps to go, but Sobbing left the pair behind as he pulled away over the final eight laps to take the checkered flag with a nearly three-second cushion.
“Obviously with Terry Phillips and Rodney Sanders right there, to hold those guys off is huge,” a smiling Sobbing said in victory lane. “I don’t give a crap where they started. I’ve seen those guys come from the back and pass guys who start of front lots of time, so it’s awesome.”
Sobbing, a multi-time champion in crate modifieds, dabbled in a handful of USMTS races over the last couple of seasons, but this year the 33-year-old from Malvern, Iowa, got some help and is able to fulfill a dream and take on the series full time in 2015.
“I appreciate Luke Cochran and Home Pride for giving us the opportunity to do this. I was on the gas a lot harder than I wanted to be for our equipment, but when you’re leading… I guess I was pretty hungry for it.”
While Sobbing took home the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money, Phillips bested Sanders for the runner-up position with Keith Foss and Matt Dotson rounding out the top five.
Cade Dillard, Grant Junghans, Kelly Shryock. Robbie Reed and Danny Crane completed the top-10 finishers.
Four days from now, the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental embark on a four-day trek through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.
Action kicks off Wednesday, May 6, at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., and then moves to the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, on Thursday, May 7. From there, the series travels to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., on Friday, May 8, before wrapping up the quadrupleheader on Saturday, May 9, at the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La.
All four events will pay $3,000 to win and award points in the Double H Bands Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
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-USMTS Press Release & Photo