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`June 28th, 2013 - The USMTS Open Wheel Modified Southern Speedweek resumed on Tuesday night with a $2,000-to-win program at Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas), which marked the first-ever event for the series at the famed, 1/2 mile oval.

A strong field of 47 entries entered the event, and in heat race competition Dereck fell short of locking into the feature, but a fifth place finish in his b-main locked him into the 21st starting spot for the 40 lap finale. In the main event he mounted a great challenge through the pack as he passed fourteen cars to record a seventh place finish at the checkered flag.

Wednesday evening took the USMTS competitors to Heart O' Texas Speedway (Waco, Texas), where 44 entries registered for battle in the $4,000-to-win program. A sixth to fourth run in his heat race locked him into the twelfth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Struggles in the main event relegated Dereck to a nineteenth place finish.

The USMTS Southern Speedweek took the team to Kennedale Speedway Park (Kennedale, Texas) on Thursday night for a $4,000-to-win race. Fifty-one entries took part in the program, and preliminary action resulted in Dereck starting 21st in the feature. Ramirez was on the move through the field in the feature, when his night came to abrupt end on lap 29 after a tangle with Clyde Dunn Jr. He was credited with a 16th place finish.

Friday evening found the team pitted at RPM Speedway (Crandall, Texas) for a $3,000-to-win program, which drew a field of 53 USMTS competitors to the 1/4 mile oval. Heat race struggles left Dereck short of transferring to the feature, but in his b-main he advanced eleven spots to finish second, which positioned him starting 16th on the grid for the 40 lap feature. Unfortunately in the feature Dereck saw his night coming to an end with mechanical issues on lap 21. He was credited with a 24th place finish.

The Southern Speedweek ended on Saturday evening at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma). With 40 entries in action Ramirez charged forward from the fourth starting spot to win his heat race, which sent him to the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he was the recipient of the sixth starting spot. As the race went green Dereck began working his way forward in the pack, and by lap 12 he was up to the second spot. Over the remainder of the race he chased leader, Stormy Scott, before ultimately settling for a second place finish.

Full results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com.

`June 23rd, 2013 - Dereck Ramirez began a busy stretch of nine events in the next ten days with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday evening as the tour invaded 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas). A stout field of 54 entries cluttered the pit area, and a seventh to third performance in his heat race locked Dereck into the ninth starting spot for the $2,000-to-win feature. During the course of the feature he advanced three spots to finish sixth behind race winner, Jeremy Payne, Stormy Scott, Jason Hughes, Darron Fuqua, and Brian Franz.

The USMTS competitors invaded Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway (Liberal, Kansas) on Friday evening for a $4,000-to-win event. A win after starting second in his heat race placed Dereck in the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the second starting spot. He joined Jeremy Payne on the front row for the 40 lap feature, and would go on to chase Payne for the duration of the feature before finishing second at the checkered flag to Payne.

Saturday night took the team to Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas) for a $4,000-to-win event. Fifty-three competitors filled the pit area, and a fourth to second heat race performance was not enough to lock Ramirez into the feature. As a result he ran a b-main, where he finished second to position him starting sixteenth in the 40 lap finale. Despite starting deep in the field Dereck advanced twelve spots during the feature on his way to a fourth place finish behind race winner, Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, and Thomas Tillison Jr.

On Sunday evening the action shifted to Elk City Speedway (Elk City, Oklahoma) as the tour sanctioned its first-ever event at the facility. Forty-two entries were on hand for the event, and after passing four cars in his heat race to finish third he earned a spot in the redraw for the feature, where he received the fifth starting spot. He ran in the top five throughout the event before finishing fifth behind race winner, Rodney Sanders, Jason Hughes, Chris Brown, and Johnny Scott.

Full results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com.

June 14th, 2013 - Ramirez Motorsports began a busy stretch of racing on Friday night with a $5,000-to-win, `USMTS program at I-35 Speedway (Mason City, Iowa). Thirty competitors registered for battle, and in heat race action Dereck advanced from his sixth starting spot to a third place finish, which locked him into the redraw for the feature, where he received the third starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Ramirez raced in the top five early in the event before ultimately registering an eighth place finish at the checkered flag.

Wednesday night found the team rolling into Amsoil Speedway (Superior, Wisconsin) for a $2,000-to-win program, which drew twenty-nine entries to the facility. After finishing third in his heat race he started ninth in the 40 lap feature before advancing four spots to a fifth place finish behind race winner, Jason Hughes, Stormy Scott, Craig Thatcher, and Trevor Hunt.

On Thursday evening a $2,000 winner's check was up for grabs at Eagle Valley Speedway (Jim Falls, Wisconsin). A talented field of thirty-six entries filled the pit area, and Dereck raced from the fifth starting spot to a third place finish in his heat race, which locked him into the twelfth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. In the main event he raced around mid-pack for the duration of the event before scoring a twelfth place finish at the checkered flag.

Friday night's action was held at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) as Ramirez competed in the first night of a two-night stand at the 3/8 mile oval. Thirty-six entries invaded the state-of-the-art facility, and after finishing second in his heat race he locked into the ninth starting spot for the 35 lap finale. In the feature Ramirez raced in the top ten throughout the event before finishing seventh at the checkered flag.

Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com.

`June 8th, 2013 - Dereck opened a triple header weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday evening with a make-up event at Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota). The program began on May 24th but rain forced the feature to be postponed. Prior to the rain arriving Ramirez earned the second starting spot for the main event alongside Brandon Davis. When action resumed on Thursday evening Davis shot to the lead at the drop of the green flag with Ramirez in tow. Dereck raced in the top five for the duration of the event before registering a fourth place finish behind race winner, Davis, Zack VanderBeek, and Kelly Shryock.

Friday night found the team at Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa) for another $2,000-to-win, USMTS program. With twenty-seven entries in the pits the night started on a strong note with Ramirez winning his heat race from the second starting spot, which sent him to the redraw for the feature. In the redraw Dereck received the pole position for the 40 lap feature with Rodney Sanders starting to the outside. Ramirez battled at the front of the pack early in the event before mechanical woes relegated him to a disappointing twentieth place finish.

The weekend was scheduled to conclude on Saturday evening at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa) but Mother Nature intervened and forced the program to be canceled.

Full results from the programs are available at www.USMTS.com.

June 2nd, 2013 - Ramirez Motorsports traveled to Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana) over the weekend for the 7th Annual Doug Murphrey Memorial, which posted a $10,000 top prize for the unsanctioned event. With a talented field of 98 entries on hand double heat races were held. Dereck started his night by winning a caution-plagued heat race from the second starting spot, and then in his second heat race he raced from the eighth starting spot to a sixth place finish. His heat performances resulted in him being thirty-second on the overall point's list heading into Saturday night's finale.

On Saturday evening Ramirez mounted a charge to a fourth place finish to lock into the seventeenth starting spot for the 50 lap finale. Unfortunately before the main event could be contested rain arrived and forced the feature to be postponed until Sunday afternoon. When action resumed Ramirez brought his top game as he advanced thirteen spots to finish fourth at the checkered flag behind race winner, Jeremy Payne, Geoff Lary, and Lucas Lee.

Full results from the program are available at www.ArkLaTexSpeedway.com.