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    Ramirez cruises in North Texas Nationals at RPM


    Dereck Ramirez

    Ramirez cruises in North Texas Nationals at RPM

    Dereck Ramirez collected his sixth victory of the season Sunday with a wire-to-wire effort behind the wheel of his Ramirez Motorsports No. 4r Koda Services/ Boom-Test Well Service/ Raw Truck Wash/ Hughes Race Car/ Cornett Racing Engine Modified at RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas.

    Ramirez returned with the USMTS Friday night as the series kicked off a southern swing at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La. Drawing 42 cars for the eighth annual Cajun Clash, Ramirez jumped up one spot in his heat race to pick up the 8-lap victory. Losing two positions in the 40-lap feature, Dereck recorded a seventh-place outing.

    On Saturday at Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La. for the I-20 Showdown, Dereck started the night off with a heat race win, which positioned him eighth on the starting grid for the $3,000-to-win A-Main.

    Passing six cars in the 40-lap affair, Ramirez notched a runner-up finish behind Rodney Sanders with Tanner Mullens, Zack VanderBeek, and Tyler Wolff completing the Top-5 finishers.

    For the North Texas Nationals on Sunday at RPM Speedway, Ramirez secured his spot into the main event with a heat victory. Starting on the pole of the 40-lapper, Ramirez beat Jason Ingalls to the flagstand to lead the opening lap. (Stacy Kolar photo)

    Utilizing the shortest way around the quarter-mile oval, Ramirez fought his way through lapped traffic and held off a charging Rodney Sanders for the $2,500 victory. Sanders in second, Ingalls was third, with Jake Gallardo, and Jason Hughes rounding out the Top-5.

    “I was just going to stay in my line,” Ramirez said. “I thought about going to the top and I was like ‘Man, I know it’s pretty clean down here and if I move up and get passed I’m going to be mad at myself.”

    America’s marquee event for dirt modified racing takes place Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, when the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., hosts the 22nd Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree. Shortened to just two days this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the mega-event will be the next-to-last points races for the USMTS.

    Dereck is currently 179 markers behind Rodney Sanders in the latest USMTS point standings.

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