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1March 28th, 2015 - Dereck Ramirez returned to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) over the weekend for the annual King of America Modified Nationals with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Cody Papke Photo

Eighty-two competitors registered for battle in of the one richest events of the year for the USMTS Open Wheel Modified warriors. The format included double heat races on Thursday and Friday with drivers accumulating points toward Saturday night's main event.

On Thursday evening Ramirez advanced from the tenth starting spot to a seventh place finish in the first heat. Later in the second round of heat races Dereck charged to a convincing win after starting second.

Friday night found Ramirez picking up right where he left off the night before. Advancing from fourth to claim another heat race victory in Round #3 before charge charging from eighth to finish third in the final round of heat races.

Dereck's solid performance in preliminary action locked him into the pole position for the $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday night with Jason Hughes alongside. Ramirez assumed the point at the drop the green flag in the 100-lapper and began to pull away to a big lead.

Ramirez saw his advantage reduced as he battled his way through lapped traffic, allowing Hughes to close the gap. Ramirez continued to pace the field for the first half of the race, keeping Hughes at bay until the caution waved on lap 57. Ramirez bobbled ever so slightly through a rough portion of turn-four, allowing Hughes to pull alongside and edge Ramirez by a nose to take the lead on lap 58.

“I knew somebody was ducking underneath me and I could hear somebody up top,” Ramirez said. “So I just tried to keep my car wide but I was still sort of a sitting duck out there.”

Ramirez never let Hughes get too far away, keeping him within two or three car lengths until the race’s final caution came out with 19 laps to go. On the restart, thirteenth starting, Rodney Sanders darted to the outside of Ramirez and shut the door as they exited turn 2.

Dereck went on to finish third behind race winner, Jason Hughes, and Sanders. Brandon Davis and Jeremy Payne rounded out the top five finishers. Ramirez is currently third in the USMTS Central Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com.

1March 22nd, 2015 - Dereck Ramirez set out to enter a tripleheader over the weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Unfortunately, Friday night’s program at Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kansas) fell victim to Mother Nature.

Saturday night found the team pitted at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) for a $3,000-to-win, USMTS event. Fifty-four Open Wheel Modified registered for battle, and Dereck charged forward from ninth to finish second in his heat race. As a result, he earned a spot in the redraw where he was the recipient of the seventh position on the starting grid. During the course of the 30-lap feature, Ramirez moved forward to battle at the front of the pack, challenging for the lead at times before settling into the runner-up spot behind race winner, Stormy Scott. Ryan Gustin, Casey Arneson, and Kelly Shryock rounded out the top five finishers.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday evening with a trip to I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri), where forty-two entries signed in to chase the $3,000 top prize. A heat race victory once again sent Dereck to the redraw where he received the sixth starting spot for the 40-lap finale. Ramirez raced to a solid fifth place finish in the final rundown behind race winner, Ryan Gustin, Keith Foss, Cade Dillard, and Stormy Scott.

Ramirez is currently third in the USMTS Central Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com.

1March 8th, 2015 - The team traveled to Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, New Mexico) over the weekend for another tripleheader of United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) events.

Forty-five Open Wheel Modifieds converged on the oval for Friday night's, $2,000-to-win opener. Dereck charged to a convincing heat race victory to earn a spot in the redraw for the 30-lap main event. Ramirez locked into the sixth spot on the starting grid, later advancing to a solid fourth place finish behind race winner, Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard, and Terry Phillips. Jason Hughes completed the top five finishers.

Action continued on Saturday night with a $3,000-to-win program that saw a field of fifty entries register for battle. A fifth to fourth run in his heat race wasn't enough to earn Ramirez a spot in the feature. As a result, he would have to run a b-main, which he won to lock into the fourteenth position on the feature grid. Dereck battled adverse track conditions in the 40-lap main event, ultimately retiring early to an eighteenth place finish.

Sunday afternoon saw the $4,000-to-win finale contested for USMTS competitors. With forty-five entries on hand, Ramirez advanced from sixth to finish third in his heat race, which locked him into the tenth starting spot for the 50-lap finale. Unfortunately, Ramirez suffered front-end damage on lap-three and retired to a 27th place finish in the final rundown.

Ramirez finished second in the USMTS Gulf Coast Border Region standings. Complete results from the events and the latest series' standings are available at www.USMTS.com.