November 8th, 2014 - Dereck Ramirez ended his 2014 campaign over the weekend with a trip to Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana) for the 8th Annual Winter Nationals.
The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) sanctioned the three-day affair, which kicked off on Thursday evening with a $2,000-to-win program. In heat race action Ramirez advanced from his seventh starting spot to finish third, earning him the eleventh starting position for the 30 lap feature. Dereck went on to register a solid tenth place finish in the final rundown.
Friday night's program boosted a $3,000 top prize for competitors, as a stout field of seventy-two Open Wheel Modifieds converged on the 3/8 mile oval. An impressive eighth to third run in his heat race would lock Dereck into the eleventh starting spot for the main event. Throughout the course of the 40 lap feature Ramirez battled around mid-pack for much of the race before ultimately settling to a sixteenth place finish.
The weekend drew to a close with the $4,000-to-win finale for the 8th Annual Winter Nationals on Saturday evening. With seventy entries registered for battle, an eighth place finish in heat race action left Dereck short of locking into the feature and forced him to run a b-main. However, an eleventh to fourth run in the b-main earned him the 23rd starting spot for the 50 lap finale. Despite starting near the back of the pack, Ramirez advanced eight spot to a fifteenth place finish at the checkered flag.
Complete results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com
October 25th, 2014 - After nearly a month away from the track, Dereck Ramirez returned to action on Thursday night with the opener for the 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma).
The $2,000-to-win, preliminary event found Dereck battling against a field of thirty-eight Open Wheel Modifieds. Unfortunately, issues in heat race and b-main action prevented him from earned a starting spot in the evening's main event.
Friday evening saw another $2,000-to-win program contested at the lightning-fast oval. Ramirez would lock into the feature event via his preliminary efforts before racing to an eighteenth place finish in the final rundown.
Dereck enjoyed a strong start to his outing on Saturday night when he raced to a convincing heat race win to lock into the $2,500-to-win finale. Ramirez would battle at the front of the back early on before ultimately settling to a sixteenth place finish in the feature.
Full results from the events are available at www.SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com
September 21st, 2014 - After a few weeks away from the track Dereck Ramirez entered the opening round of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday night. With ninety-two entries in the pits, and a fourth to third run in his heat race left Dereck just short of locking into the feature. In the b-main, Ramirez raced to a fifth place finish, failing to reach a transfer position as his night came to an early end.
On Friday action resumed with Dereck racing from twelfth to a fifth place finish in his heat race, which left him short of locking into the feature. As a result he would have to run a b-main, but again his night would come to a disappointing early end when he failed to qualify for the main event.
The weekend was set to come to a close on Saturday however, a day of blue skies and sunshine quickly turned to dark skies, rain and lightning in the early evening and forced the postponement of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree finale until Sunday afternoon.
Dereck looked to end his weekend on a solid note on Sunday evening as the winner's check increased to $12,000. After starting fourth in his heat race he only managed to advance one position to a third place finish. He later won his b-main from the pole position, locking him into the eighteenth starting spot on the feature grid. During the course of the 50 lap finale, Ramirez advanced to a sixteenth place finish in the final rundown.
Dereck finished sixth in the final Hunt for the Casey's Cup standings. Full results from the events as well as the latest standings are available at www.USMTS.com.