April 11th, 2015 - Mother Nature continued to rattle the 2015 United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) schedule over the weekend. After the events at Super Bowl Speedway and RPM Speedway were nixed by rain, a doubleheader was set for Longdale Speedway (Longdale, Oklahoma) on Friday and Saturday.
Twenty Open Wheel Modifieds warriors registered for Friday night's event, which posted a $3,000 winner's check. A fifth to second run in heat race action would earn Derick the pole position for the main event with Johnny Scott alongside. Scott took control at the start of the 30-lapper and led flag-to-flag for the victory over Grant Junghans. Ramirez settled for a third place finish with Jesse Sobbing and Rodney Sanders rounding out the top five finishers.
Saturday night's program at Longdale Speedway would also fall victim to Mother Nature.
Ramirez is currently third in the USMTS Southern Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com
March 28th, 2015 - Dereck Ramirez returned to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for the annual King of America Modified Nationals with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Cody Papke Photo
Eighty-two competitors registered for battle in of the one richest events of the year for the USMTS Open Wheel Modified warriors. The format included double heat races on Thursday and Friday with drivers accumulating points toward Saturday night's main event.
On Thursday evening Ramirez advanced from the tenth starting spot to a seventh place finish in the first heat. Later in the second round of heat races Dereck charged to a convincing win after starting second.
Friday night found Ramirez picking up right where he left off the night before. Advancing from fourth to claim another heat race victory in Round #3 before charge charging from eighth to finish third in the final round of heat races.
Dereck's solid performance in preliminary action locked him into the pole position for the $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday night with Jason Hughes alongside. Ramirez assumed the point at the drop the green flag in the 100-lapper and began to pull away to a big lead.
Ramirez saw his advantage reduced as he battled his way through lapped traffic, allowing Hughes to close the gap. Ramirez continued to pace the field for the first half of the race, keeping Hughes at bay until the caution waved on lap 57. Ramirez bobbled ever so slightly through a rough portion of turn-four, allowing Hughes to pull alongside and edge Ramirez by a nose to take the lead on lap 58.
“I knew somebody was ducking underneath me and I could hear somebody up top,” Ramirez said. “So I just tried to keep my car wide but I was still sort of a sitting duck out there.”
Ramirez never let Hughes get too far away, keeping him within two or three car lengths until the race’s final caution came out with 19 laps to go. On the restart, thirteenth starting, Rodney Sanders darted to the outside of Ramirez and shut the door as they exited turn 2.
Dereck went on to finish third behind race winner, Jason Hughes, and Sanders. Brandon Davis and Jeremy Payne rounded out the top five finishers. Ramirez is currently third in the USMTS Central Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com
March 22nd, 2015 - Dereck Ramirez set out to enter a tripleheader over the weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Unfortunately, Friday night’s program at Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kansas) fell victim to Mother Nature.
Saturday night found the team pitted at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) for a $3,000-to-win, USMTS event. Fifty-four Open Wheel Modified registered for battle, and Dereck charged forward from ninth to finish second in his heat race. As a result, he earned a spot in the redraw where he was the recipient of the seventh position on the starting grid. During the course of the 30-lap feature, Ramirez moved forward to battle at the front of the pack, challenging for the lead at times before settling into the runner-up spot behind race winner, Stormy Scott. Ryan Gustin, Casey Arneson, and Kelly Shryock rounded out the top five finishers.
The weekend drew to a close on Sunday evening with a trip to I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri), where forty-two entries signed in to chase the $3,000 top prize. A heat race victory once again sent Dereck to the redraw where he received the sixth starting spot for the 40-lap finale. Ramirez raced to a solid fifth place finish in the final rundown behind race winner, Ryan Gustin, Keith Foss, Cade Dillard, and Stormy Scott.
Ramirez is currently third in the USMTS Central Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com
March 8th, 2015 - The team traveled to Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) over the weekend for another tripleheader of United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) events.
Forty-five Open Wheel Modifieds converged on the oval for Friday night's, $2,000-to-win opener. Dereck charged to a convincing heat race victory to earn a spot in the redraw for the 30-lap main event. Ramirez locked into the sixth spot on the starting grid, later advancing to a solid fourth place finish behind race winner, Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard, and Terry Phillips. Jason Hughes completed the top five finishers.
Action continued on Saturday night with a $3,000-to-win program that saw a field of fifty entries register for battle. A fifth to fourth run in his heat race wasn't enough to earn Ramirez a spot in the feature. As a result, he would have to run a b-main, which he won to lock into the fourteenth position on the feature grid. Dereck battled adverse track conditions in the 40-lap main event, ultimately retiring early to an eighteenth place finish.
Sunday afternoon saw the $4,000-to-win finale contested for USMTS competitors. With forty-five entries on hand, Ramirez advanced from sixth to finish third in his heat race, which locked him into the tenth starting spot for the 50-lap finale. Unfortunately, Ramirez suffered front-end damage on lap-three and retired to a 27th place finish in the final rundown.
Ramirez finished second in the USMTS Gulf Coast Border Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com
February 28th, 2015 - The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) invaded El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) on Thursday night for the opening round of the 2nd Annual Icebreaker.
Thirty entries registered for the $2,000-to-win opener, and a seventh to fifth run in his heat race earned Dereck the thirteenth starting spot on the feature grid. During the course of the 30-lap main event, Ramirez advanced ten positions to a third place finish behind race winner, Austin Arneson and Cade Dillard. Jake Gallardo and Ben Kates rounded out the top five finishers. Dereck's charged to the front earned him Hard Charger of the Race honors.
Twenty-eight Open Wheel Modifieds returned to battle in Friday night's $3,000-to-win event. A second place finish in his heat race earned Dereck a spot in the redraw, where he received the fourth starting spot for the 40-lap main event. Rodney Sanders assumed the point from the outside front-row at the drop of the green, with Fito Gallardo and Ramirez in tow. Sanders pulled away early before Gallardo reeled him in and pulled alongside on lap twelve.
Ramirez joined the dup on the next circuit as a three-car battle ensued for the top spot. The trio nearly went five-wide in lapped traffic before Sanders settled back into the lead with Ramirez and Gallardo giving chase. Racing down the backstretch on lap fifteen, Sanders slid high which allowed Ramirez to rocket past on the inside. He remained in control and kept Sanders at bay until the races only caution came out with nineteen lap complete.
On the restart the lead duo resumed their battle for the top spot, but seventeenth starting Austin Arneson was on the move. Arneson got around Sanders with six laps to go, passed Fito Gallardo with three to go and then by Ramirez underneath the flagstand with just two circuits remaining en route to the victory. Ramirez settled for the runner-up finish, coming four car-lengths shy of registering his third win of the 2015 campaign, while Sanders, Gallardo and Jesse Sobbing completed the top five.
The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at El Paso Speedway Park with a $4,000-to-win finale. Twenty-eight entries converged on the 3/8-mile oval, and a third place finish in his heat race lock Dereck into the ninth starting spot for the 50-lap main event. Ramirez ran as high as second at time in the feature before settling to a fifth place finish behind race winner, Rodney Sanders, Austin Arneson, Zack VanderBeek and Jake Gallardo.
Dereck is second in the latest USMTS Gulf Coast Border Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com
February 21st, 2015 - After a successful start to the 2015 season, Dereck Ramirez resumed competition with United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) over the weekend at Royal Purple Raceway (Baytown, Texas).
Thursday night's, $2,000-to-win opener drew a talent-laden field of fifty-three Open Wheel Modified warriors to the oval. An impressive charge from eighth to claim the win in heat race action earned Dereck a spot in the redraw for the 30-lap feature. After receiving the sixth position on the starting grid, Ramirez went on to register a ninth place finish in the final rundown.
Ramirez returned to Victory Lane on Friday night with a $3,000 triumph in the USMTS event at Royal Purple Raceway, marking his second victory of the season aboard his Cornett Racing Engines/LG21 Open Wheel Modified. Mike Spivey Photo
A stout field of fifty-five entries converged on the oval, and a fifth to second run in heat race action positioned Dereck sixth in passing points, sending him to the redraw. Ramirez drew the pole position for the 40-lap main event with Kyle Pleasant alongside.
Ramirez took the lead at the initial green flag and never looked back, fending off a late race charge from eventual runner-up, Pleasant and third place finisher, Jason Hughes to score the victory. Clyde Dunn Jr. and John Whittington rounded out the top five finishers.
Saturday night's $4,000-to-win finale at Royal Purple Raceway was nixed by rain.
Dereck is currently second in the USMTS Gulf Coast Border Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com
February 14th, 2015 - Action continued from Shady Oaks Speedway (Goliad, Texas) on Friday night, as it would prove to be a memorial outing for Dereck and the Ramirez Motorsports team. Mike Spivey Photo
In the right place at the right time, Ramirez took down the main event win for his first United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) victory since back-to-back triumphs in the USMTS Winter Nationals at the Royal Purple Raceway (Baytown, Texas). Ramirez pocketed $3,000 for his efforts and ended a dry spell dating back to Nov. 19th, 2011.
In preliminary action, a fourth to second run in his heat race would earn Dereck a spot in the redraw where he was the recipient of the fourth starting spot for the 35-lap finale. Polesitter Zack VanderBeek jumped out front at the drop of the green flag and paced the first seventeen laps around the 1/3-mile oval before eighth-starting Johnny Scott muscled ahead to lead lap eighteen.
Scott maintained control for the next fourteen laps until a terminal failure sidelined him with just three laps remaining in the 35-lapper. Ramirez inherited the lead and held off Ryan Gustin and Jason Hughes in the closing laps en route to victory. Zack VanderBeek and Phillip Houston rounded out the top five finishers.
“It was a pretty good race track early,” said Ramirez. "You could run the bottom or the top. Then all the stuff on the bottom was blowing up to the top. You just had to be there at the end.
“I feel bad for Johnny. He had the best car. I'll take it; a win’s a win. I really didn’t have anything for him at the end," Dereck added.
Saturday's $4,000-to-win finale for the USMTS drew a field of thirty-three entries to the oval. A second place finish in heat race action earned Dereck the ninth starting spot for the 40-lap feature. Unfortunately, mechanical issues during the main event would end his night early with a disappointing 24th place finish.
Complete results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com
February 12th, 2015 - Dereck Ramirez enjoyed a strong start to his 2015 campaign on Thursday night as he charged to a top five performance at Shady Oaks Speedway (Goliad, Texas).
The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) season opener drew a field of thirty-two Open Wheel Modieds to the oval, all chasing the $2,000 top prize. Dereck advanced from the third starting spot to win his heat race, sending him to the redraw for the 30 lap feature. Ramirez drew the eighth starting spot for the main event and raced his way to a fourth place finish behind race winner, Steven Whiteaker Jr., Jason Hughes and Ryan Gustin. Zack VanderBeek completed the top five.
Complete results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com