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`March 31st, 2013 - After getting pushed back a week by Mother Nature the King of America III Modified Nationals at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) was held over the weekend as one of the richest events of the year for the USMTS competitors was on the table.

Ninety-seven competitors registered for battle, and the format included double heat races on Thursday and Friday night with drivers accumulating points toward Saturday night's finale. On Thursday evening Ramirez advanced from the tenth starting spot to a fifth place finish in the first heat heat, while the second heat race saw him finish third after starting second. He ended the evening twenty-seventh in the overall points.

On Friday night Derek won his first heat from the fifth starting spot, while heat race #2 saw him pass two cars to finish fifth. He ended preliminary action in the eighteenth position overall, which resulted in him starting sixth in a b-main on Saturday night.

In the b-main he made short work of the field as he raced to the win to lock into the thirteenth starting spot for the 100 lap, $10,000-to-win feature. During the opening laps of the feature he advanced several spots, but unfortunately mechanical woes a few laps before the halfway mark brought his night to an early end in the twenty-first spot.

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`March 17th, 2013 - The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) competitors took part in a three-day swing through Texas and Louisiana over the weekend, and Dereck Ramirez was in action in all three events.

Friday night saw fifty-one entries register for battle at RPM Speedway (Crandall, Texas) as a $4,000 top prize was posted for the event. Ramirez pulled a large number at the pill draw, which left him starting deep in his heat race grid. Despite advancing three spots in heat race action he was still forced to run a b-main. In the b-main a third place finish sent him to the feature in the twenty-first starting spot. During the course of the feature he advanced four spots to a seventeenth place finish.

On Saturday night the traveling roadshow headed to Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana) for a $2,000-to-win program at the 1/4 mile oval. For the second straight night Dereck would have to battle his way into the feature via a b-main as he earned the eighteenth starting spot on the grid for the 40 lapper. Unfortunately mechanical woes plagued Dereck early in the event as he retired on lap 31 to a a twenty-third place finish.

The action concluded on Sunday evening at Boothill Speedway (Greenwood, Louisiana) with another $2,000-to-win event. With 40 entries in action Ramirez was forced to come from the b-main for the third straight night, but after starting twentieth he advanced to a fourteenth place finish for his best performance of three-day swing.

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`March 9th, 2013 - Dereck Ramirez traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for a pair of USMTS events. On Friday night a loaded field of fifty-six competitors registered for battle, and a seventh to fourth run in his heat race left Dereck just short of locking into the main event. As a result he ran a b-main, which he won to lock into the fourteenth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Ramirez raced around mid-pack for the duration of the event before crossing the finish line in the thirteenth position.

Saturday night's program fell victim to Mother Nature.

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March 3rd, 2013 - Dereck took part in the 19th Annual Winter Meltdown over the weekend at Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico). His outing began on Friday evening with a preliminary event, and he started the night by winning his heat race to lock into the third starting spot for the feature. Dereck battled for the lead for much of the event before surviving a last lap tangle with Jimmy Ray to finish third behind race winner, Blake Jegtvig, and Johnny Scott. His performance locked him into the $10,000-to-win finale on Sunday evening.

For much of Sunday's finale Ramirez raced in the top five before ultimately crossing the finish line in the sixth position behind race winner, Terry Phillips, Johnny Scott, Blake Jegtvig, Bumper Jones, and RC Whitwell. Overall the weekend was a great outing as the team was able to bounce back from the bad luck that they suffered the weekend prior in Texas.

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