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January 22nd, 2012 - Dereck concluded the 2012 edition of the Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) on Sunday afternoon. Once again he was in action in the Open Wheel Modified and Super Late Model divisions.

1Fifty-three Open Wheel Modifieds entered the $1,000-to-win event, and in heat race action Ramirez raced from his eighth starting spot to a fourth place finish to lock into the eleventh starting spot for the feature. In the 25 lap, main event Ramirez would march forward eight spots on his way to a third place finish behind race winner, Rodney Sanders, and Stormy Scott.

A field of fifty-four Super Late Models registered for action in the Bill Cheesebourg Memorial. Unfortunately the racing surface made passing difficult, and after starting at the back of his heat, Dereck was unable to make up any ground. As a result, he started deep in a b-main, and failed to reach a transfer spot to the feature, ending his afternoon early. Full results for both divisions are available at www.USARaceway.net.

January 21st, 2012 - A warm Saturday afternoon saw Dereck Ramirez take part in the Open Wheel Modified and Super Late Model portion of the 6th Annual Wild West Shootout. In the Super Late Model division

1In the Super Late Model division, Ramirez advanced from his ninth starting position to a fourth place finish, which earned him the ninth starting spot for the 30 lap, $3,000-to-win feature against a talented field of competitors. On a one-grooved track, Ramirez would retire early to save his equipment. He was credited with a 19th place finish at the checkered flag.

The Open Wheel Modified class saw another stellar field of 55 entries registered. A good number at the pill draw resulted in him starting second in his heat race, and he would race his way to the win, which locked him into the 9th starting spot for the 30 lap, finale. In the feature Dereck passed three cars on his way to a sixth place finish. Full results for both divisions are available at www.USARaceway.net.

1January 20th, 2012 - Friday night saw Round #4 of the 6th Annual Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) contested, and Dereck entered the Open Wheel Modified portion of the program as a total of 43 cars registered for action. In his heat race, Ramirez passed four cars to finish third to lock into the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he received the third starting spot. After battling in the top five for the duration of the feature, Ramirez would finish fourth at the checkered flag behind race winner, Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, and Aaron Turnbull. Full results are available at www.USARaceway.net.

January 18th, 2012 - Dereck was back in action in his #4r Hughes Open Wheel Modified on Wednesday night at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) in the third round of the 6th Annual Wild West Shootout. Forty-three Open Wheel Modifieds entered the event, and Ramirez advanced from the sixth starting spot to a fourth place finish in heat race action, which left him starting third in a b-main. A second place finish in his b-main, resulted in Dereck starting fifteenth in the 25 lap, $1,000-to-win main event. Luck would not be on his side a flat tire forced him pitside early in the event, and after rejoining the tail of the field he would ultimately retire late in the race to a fifteenth place finish. Full results are available at www.USARaceway.net.

January 15th, 2012 - The second round of the 6th Annual Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona) was held on Sunday afternoon. Dereck was once again in action in both the Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified divisions.

The Open Wheel Modified class saw 51 entries battling for the $1,000 top prize, and Ramirez stormed to the heat race win from the third starting spot to lock into the redraw for the 25 lap feature. In the redraw, he was the recipient of the fourth starting spot. Early in the feature he would quickly work his way forward to the second spot as he began pursuing leader, Stormy Scott. As the race approached its latter stages Ramirez would begin to pressure Scott heavily for the lead, but was unable to make the pass he settled for a solid, second place finish.

In the Super Late Model division, Ramirez would again draw a large number at the pill draw in the field of 68 Super Late Models. As a result he started tenth in his heat race before advancing to an eighth place finish. His finish relegated him to a b-main, where he started eleventh and finished seventh. Despite narrowly missing the feature grid, Dereck continues to get valuable track time as he continues to learn the ins and outs of Super Late Model racing.

Full results for both divisions are available at www.USARaceway.net.

January 14th, 2012 - After making the long trek to USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona), Dereck was able to get an early start to the 2012 season as the 6th Annual Wild West Shootout kicked off on Saturday afternoon under sunny skies. Ramirez pulled double duty as he took part in the Open Wheel Modified and Super Late Model divisions.

In the Open Wheel Modified division, a field of 55 competitors were on hand, which included many of the nation's top drivers. In heat race action Ramirez started in the fourth position before charging to the lead early in the race. He would hold the lead for several laps before seeing Stormy Scott work his way past to claim the win. Dereck would finish second, but failed to earn enough passing points to lock into the feature. As a result, he started on the front row of a b-main, where he recorded a second place finish to lock into the 15th starting spot for the 25 lap, $1,000-to-win feature. Early in the feature, Ramirez would be involved in a turn four tangle. Luckily he received a minimal amount of damage and was able to continue. He would go on to race his way to a sixth place finish.

Ramirez also made his Super Late Model debut, and he did so against a talent-laden field of 69 entries. A large number at the pill draw left him starting in the tenth spot for heat race action. He advanced two spots in his heat, which relegated him to a b-main. The first lap of the b-main would see his night come to an abrupt end as a melee down the backstretch resulted in enough damage to force him pitside. As a result, he would not qualify for the main event. Full results are available at www.USARaceway.net.