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1June 29th, 2014 - After a the first two events of the week were washed away by Mother Nature, the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) finally resumed competition on Thursday night with its first ever trip to Grayson County Speedway (Bells, Texas).

A strong field of forty entries filled the pit area at the 1/4 mile oval, and in heat race action Dereck fell short of locking into the feature, but winning the b-main would earn him the thirteenth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. In the main event Ramirez was battling for position when he was caught in a melee on lap 23 that collected five other competitors, bringing his night to an early end. (Mike Petty Photo)

Friday evening took the USMTS competitors to Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas), where forty-four entries registered for battle in the $2,000-to-win program. Struggles in preliminary action forced Dereck to utilize a Series Provisional to gain access into the 40 lap finale. Continued struggles in the main event relegated Dereck to a 23rd place finish.

Saturday night found the team pitted at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma) for a $2,000-to-win program, which drew a field of forty-two USMTS competitors to the oval. An charged from a eighth to fourth in heat race action was not enough to lock Ramirez into the finale. As a result he had to run a b-main, where a second place finish would earn him the sixteenth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. In the main event he raced around mid-pack for the duration of the event before recording a seventeenth place finish at the checkered flag.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday evening at Outlaw Motorsports Park (Muskogee, Oklahoma). With thirty-two entries in action Ramirez advanced from seventh to finish fifth in his heat race, but it was not enough to lock him into the feature. As a results he would have to run a b-main where he came from third to claim the win, earning him the fourteenth starting spot in the main event. Throughout the duration of the event Dereck worked his way up to a solid tenth place finish in the final rundown.

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

1June 21st, 2014 - Ramirez Motorsports began a busy stretch of ten events in the next twelve days with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Wednesday evening as the tour invaded Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri). A stout field of thirty-four entries filled the pit area, and struggles in heat race action forced Dereck to run a b-main. An eighth to fourth performance in the b-main locked Dereck into the 20th starting spot for the $2,000-to-win feature. During the course of the 40 lap finale he advanced to record a fifteenth place finish in the final rundown.

The USMTS competitors invaded 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas) on Thursday evening for another $2,000-to-win event. Thirty Open Wheel Modifieds entered the event, and struggles in heat race and b-main action forced Dereck to utilize a Series Provisional to lock into the 23rd starting spot for the finale. In the 40 lap feature Ramirez sliced through the field, advancing sixteen positions en route to a solid seventh place finish at the checkered flag.

Friday night took the team to Elk City Speedway (Elk City, Oklahoma) for a $2,000-to-win event. Thirty-four competitors filled the pit area, and a heat race win earned Dereck a spot in the evening's redraw for the feature. Ramirez was the recipient of the seventh starting spot in the 40 lap finale, and went on to finish fourth behind race winner Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders, and Daniel Hilsabeck.

On Saturday evening action shifted to Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas). Forty-one entries were on hand for the event, and a sixth place finish in hear race action was no enough to lock Ramirez into the feature. As a results he ran a b-main, where he finished fourth to position him starting 20th in the 40 lap finale. Despite starting deep in the field, Dereck advanced sixteen spots during the feature on his way to a fourth place finish behind race winner, Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders, and Clyde Dunn Jr. This earned Dereck the Hard Charger of the Race award for his efforts.

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

1June 13th, 2014 - The team set out to enter a trio of events over the weekend but, it was cut to a single day after Mother Nature washed out Saturday and Sunday evening's program. Friday night's action was held at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) as Ramirez competed in the 16th Annual MASTERS. Thirty-six entries invaded the state-of-the art 3/8 mile oval for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) program. After finishing third in heat race action Dereck was locked into the twelfth starting position for the $2,000-to-win finale. In the 35 lap feature Ramirez raced around mid-pack throughout the event before finishing fifteenth in the final rundown.

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

1June 7th, 2014 - Ramirez Motorsports began a busy stretch of racing with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Open Wheel Modifieds on Wednesday night at Hancock County Speedway (Britt, Iowa). Twenty-one competitors registered for battle, and in heat race action Dereck finished third to lock into the ninth starting spot for the $2,000-to-win finale. During the course of the 40 lap feature Ramirez battled the handle on his entry to a thirteenth place finish in the final rundown.

Thursday night found the team at Fairmont Speedway (Fairmont, Minnesota) for another $2,000-to-win, USMTS program. With twenty-eight entries in the pits the night started with Ramirez finishing second in his heat race, which sent him to the redraw for the feature. In the redraw Dereck received the third starting spot for the 30 lap feature. Ramirez battled at the front of the pack early in the event before settling to a sixth place finish at the checkered flag.

On Friday night twenty-six competitors converged on Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa) for a $2,000-to-win event. Unfortunately, mechanical issues in heat race action saw Ramirez finishing eighth. As a result he started deep in a b-main where he failed to reach a transfer position, bringing his night to an early end.

On Saturday evening the team traveled to I-90 Speedway (Hartford, South Dakota) as they looked to put Friday night's disappointment behind them. A fifth to third run in heat race action earn Dereck the fifth starting spot in the $2,000-to-win, 40 lap finale. Mechanical issues once again plagued the team early in the race, resulting in a fourteenth place finish in the final rundown.

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