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March 29th, 2014 - Dereck Ramirez traveled to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for the King of America IV Modified Nationals with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). (Photo by CRPPhotos.com)

Ninety-three competitors registered for battle in one of the richest events of the year for the USMTS competitors. The format included double heat races and a $1,000-to-win feature on Thursday and Friday with drivers accumulating points toward Saturday night's main event. On Thursday evening Ramirez advanced from the ninth starting spot to a third place finish in the first heat, while the second heat race saw him finish third after starting fourth. He ended the evening with a seventh place finish in the 16 lap preliminary feature.

On Friday night Dereck slipped back to an eleventh place in the first heat from the fourth starting spot, but late recovered with a win in the second heat after starting ninth. Although he did not make the preliminary feature on Friday night, his performance was enough to earn him a fourth spot in the overall points ranking which locked him into Saturday night's 100 lap finale.

In Saturday's main event Ramirez battled in the top five early, running as high as second at times. Dereck had slipped back to sixth as the field saw the halfway mark before contact with the outside retaining wall in turn two on lap 53. His night was brought to an early end and was credited with a disappointing 23rd place finish in the final rundown.

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

March 22nd, 2014 - On Thursday evening Dereck Ramirez opened a tripleheader with the USMTS Open Wheel Modifieds with a $2,000-to-win event at Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas). Dereck started the night off with a fifth to second run in his heat race, locking him into the fifth starting spot for the main event. During the course of the 40 lap feature, Ramirez battled around the top five for much of the event before crossing the finish line in seventh.

Friday night took the USMTS competitors to Timberline Speedway (Corley, Texas) for another $2,000-to-win event. A stellar field of fifty-one Open Wheel Modifieds registered for battle, and Dereck started sixth on the grid for his heat race. He fell short of accumulating enough points to lock into the main event after only passing two cars. As a results, he ran a b-main where he finished fourth to earn the 22nd starting spot for the feature. Ramirez retired early from the 40 lap feature to a 23rd place finish.

The busy weekend came to a close as the USMTS tour traveled to Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, Louisiana. Forty-eight competitors entered the $2,000-to-win event as Dereck looked to improve on his disappointing finish from the night before. A second place finish in his preliminary heat race earned him a spot in the redraw for the 40 lap feature. After receiving the third starting spot Ramirez went on to race to fifth place finish in the finale behind race winner Chris Henigan, Chris Brown, Rodney Sanders, and Stormy Scott.

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.usmts.com

1March 14th, 2014 - Dereck Ramirez resumed action over the weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) for the 9th Annual Spring Fling at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas. A talented field of fifty-two competitors were signed in on Friday evening. Dereck started fourth in his preliminary heat race and went on to claim a convincing win, which locked him into the fourth starting spot for the $2,000-to-win main event. In the 40 lap feature, Ramirez registered a solid tenth place finish at the checkered flag.

Saturday's events at Humboldt Speedway and the scheduled event for Sunday at West Siloam Speedway were both cancelled due the impending rain/cold conditions forecasted for the area.

Further information can be found at www.usmts.com

March 1st, 2014 - The team traveled to Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) over the weekend for a triple header of USMTS Open Wheel Modified Events.

With forty-five competitors in the pit area Dereck failed to make the transfer into the main event via heat race action but advanced from seventh to third in the b-main, locking him into a 17th place starting spot in the feature. During the course of the 35 lap feature, Ramirez roared from his ninth row starting spot to bring home an eighth place finish.

The 20th Annual Winter Meltdown from Southern New Mexico Speedway continued on Friday with an event that boasted a $3,000 prize. Ramirez came from sixth to finish second in his qualifying heat race, locking him into the third starting spot for the main event. Dereck jumped out to a big lead at the start of the 40 lap feature, but ninth place starter Johnny Scott wasted no time getting to the front. Following a lap 15 caution, Scott powered by Ramirez on the restart and never looked back. Scott led the remaining 24 laps to claim the win while Ramirez settled for second. Rodney Sanders, Dylan Smith, and Jordan Grabouski rounded out the top five.

Forty-two drivers entered Saturday night's Winter Meltdown finale, and a second place finish in his heat race earned Dereck an eleventh place starting spot in the $4,000-to-win main event. Ramirez raced around the top ten for much of the feature event before mechanical issues ended his night early, results in a disappointing 19th place finish.

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