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13th at PASS South Orange County
At the first 2014 race for the Super Late Model, the #35 was strong right from unloading from the trailer for Friday practice. With just a few changes Derek was able to run in the top five on the time sheets.

During the last practice session the panhard bar broke. That causied the drive shaft to snap in half, which crushed an oil line by the drive shaft hoop. Luckily Jay Folgeman (who ran the #35 to third in the Oxford 250 in 2013) let the team use his race shop in Durham, NC to insure the repairs were complete and the setup was perfect. The work went well, but it was a 2 AM finish time.

Next day at the track car felt good, ended up timing 4th place. After the Top 10 redraw, Derek started in fifth.

The #35 ran well for the first 60 laps. But then the motor started to skip consistanly with a possible ignition issue. Derek dropped back to about 10th at one point in a tough race where half of the 28 starters had retired by the 100 lap mark.

On lap 119 the motor first loaded up coming out of turn two  and then cleared out, causing the car to get sideways and hit the outside the wall. A 13th place finish was the result.
THE 2014 SEASON SHAPES UP
Derek plans on putting most of the focus in 2014 on the PASS Super Late Model program. The team will head down to Rougemont, NC for a PASS South 150 lap event at Orange County Speedway for Derek's first race of the season.

Highlights of the PASS SLM season will be the Oxford 250 and the Southern Maine Motors 300.

Derek has had only one test ride in a Tour Type Modified before this year. So a limited Modified schedule is planned to
start slow and shake out the cob webs. The first events will be two races that are part of the new Tri-Track Open Modified Series -  May 11th at Lee and June 14th at Star. The third race will be at Seekonk on Open Wheel Wednesday on July 23rd.

The first NASCAR Whelen Modified Series race with the big boys will be June 21st at the Waterford Speedbowl. Two Thompson (including the World Series) and one Stafford Whelen races will follow later.

October 4th will see Derek at the DAV Fall Classic SLM open race where Derek posted a Win in 2012 and a 2nd in 2013.

Derek is shooting for a couple of PASS wins in 2014 after mechanical failures and some bad luck marked the 2013 PASS effort.

The Ramstrom Racing Team has been working hard all winter to better prepare the #35 SLMs and MOD for an exciting race season.

Our thanks go out to Matthews Truck Service and Towing of Sterling, MA for their support.  The help preparing the cars and the continued funding of expenses makes it possible for Ramstrom Racing to compete this season.

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2014 SCHEDULE
SLM = Super Late Model
MOD = Tour Type Modified
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April 5th - Orange County Speedway
Rougemont, NC -
SLM
PASS South
The Orange Blossom Special 150

May 10th - Star Speedway
Epping, NH - SLM
 PASS North 150

May 11th - Lee USA Speedway
Lee, NH -
MOD
Tri-Track Open Modified Series
Bullring Bash 100


May 24th - White Mountain Motorsports Park
North Woodstock, NH - SLM
 PASS North
Littleton Chevrolet Buick 150


May 31st - Southern National Motorsports Park
Lucama, NC - SLM
 PASS South
The Dogwood Blossom 150

June 14th - Star Speedway
Epping, NH -
MOD
Tri-Track Open Modified Series
SBM 125


June 21st - Waterford Speedbowl
Waterford, CT -
MOD
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Mr. Rooter 161

July 20th - Oxford Plains Speedway
Oxford, ME -
SLM
PASS North/National
The Oxford 250

July 23rd - Seekonk Speedway
Seekonk, MA - MOD
Open Wheel Wednesday
Tri-Track Open Modified Series
Modified Madness 100

Aug. 9th - White Mountain Motorsports Park
North Woodstock, NH -
SLM
 PASS North 150

Aug. 13th - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Thompson, CT - MOD
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Budweiser King of Beers 150

Sept. 14th - Beechridge Motor Speedway
Scarborough, ME -
SLM
PASS North/National
Southern Maine Motors 300

Sept. 28th - Stafford Speedway
Stafford Springs, CT -
MOD
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NAPA Fall Final 150

Oct. 4th - Seekonk Speedway
Seekonk, MA -
SLM
D. Anthony Venditi Fall Classic

Oct. 19th - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
Thompson, CT -
MOD
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
World Series 150

Nov. 15th- Southern National Motorsports Park
Lucama, NC -
SLM
 PASS South/National
Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200
 

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Derek Ramstrom To Test The Waters Of The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour In 2014
November 26, 2013 - By Shawn Courchesne
Former Thompson Speedway Super Late Model champion and Pro All Stars Series regular Derek Ramstrom has built a reputation as a driver to be reckoned with in full-bodied racing across New England and beyond. But the West Boylston, Mass. driver is ready to dip a toe into the waters of open wheel racing.   FULL STORY HERE
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On 11/27 it's the final edition of Inside PASS for 2013 as Dennis Michelsen and Alan Dietz break down the 8th Annual Mason Dixon Meltdown with race winner Tyler Church and Northern front runner Derek Ramstrom. We'll also check out the 2014 tentative schedules and preview the upcoming season.
After Leading 65 Laps, An Engine
Miss Puts Derek Back to 7th
Derek had an excellent run at the Mason-Dixon 200 spoiled by an engine miss.

After time-trialing second, Derek drew the 10th starting spot.

At the green the #35 moved through the field, taking 2nd from Cole Timm on lap 75. Ten laps after the mid race pit break for tires, Derek moved by Tyler Church for the lead.

But slowing with an audible engine miss, the #35 was passed by Church with 25 laps to go.

A two car spin with just two laps to go forced a Green-White-Checker ending. On the restart Derek just couldn't go and fell back to seventh.
A Broken Axle & a DNS at OC
Derek found Orange County Speewaay  a ton of fun. The #35 was quick all weekend - probably a top five car just as it was  unloaded.

Derek time trialed in 9th place, which turned into the outside pole on the redraw.

But right before taking the green, Derek spun the tires to clean them up, and a rear axle  let go. The #35 was listed as a DNS.

Ramstrom Racing will next head to Southern National Motorsports Park  in Lacuma, NC on Nov. 23rd for the Mason Dixon Meltdown,  the final PASS race of the season.
Photos by
Stephanie Jordan

Saturday, October 5th
2nd at the DAV
Derek had a nice run to a second place finish at the Seekonk Speedway DAV Fall Classic on Sat. Oct. 5th. The #35 was fast all weekend, posted the win in the heat, and came through the event undamaged.

After the redraw for the top nine, Derek started from sixth out of 24. Barely missing a lap three tangle that took out three top runners, Derek battled poor track position on several restarts.

A tangle with another car at about the lap 60 mark sent the #35 to the end of the pack.

Flying through the field, Derek set his best lap of
12.973 sec. (and second fastest of the race) on lap 64 on the way to the second place finish.

Ramstrom Racing will next head down to Orange County Speedway on Sat. Oct. 19th for the PASS South Orange Blossom Special 150, followed by a trip to Southern National SpMotorsports Park in Lacuma, NC on Nov. 23rd for the final PASS South race of the season.
3rd in the PASS 300

SATURDAY, AUG. 31st
Twin 150s at WMMP
9th and 5th
with Derek back behind the wheel
Race 1>>
Race 2>>
3rd at the 250!
 

Friday, July 12th
Jay Fogleman Prepares for a Ride
in the #35 at the TD Bank 250
Durham, North Carolina's Jay Fogleman has the ride in the #35 for the July 21st TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway as Derek recovers from his accident. Jay is leading the PASS South points and slots second in the PASS National points.

The Ramstrom Racing team used the 150 at OPS
that was rescheduled to Friday, July 12th as a
warmup for the 250.

The #35 raced the consi since it had not run in the heats on the original 6/23 Sunday event that was halted by rain after the SLM heats were completed. Jay had a strong run up to a third place consi finish.

In the feature, Jay pitted a couple of times for
adjustments to dial in the #35 to the track conditions. The team decided to park the #35 at the 103 lap mark figuring enough had been learned for the day.

Derek's foot is healing nicely. Surgery  is planned for the end of July to remove some of the screws and plates that were used in the repair. Afterwards, Derek is off to extensive rehab to rebuild strength and mobility. Chances of a return to racing a PASS feature in 2013 look slim.

Sat. May 18th. - 5:45 PM
The 150

Triple Crown Race #1
DEREK SIDELINED BY INJURY
Derek and the team did not travel to Canada after
a dirt bike accident severely injured Derek's foot.
Derek underwent surgery to repair the damage and is being released from the hospital on Monday.
More to come.
19th at Beech Ridge
Friday practice revealed the cause of the vibration problem at OPS - a defective, unbalanced tire.

A poor draw for the heat was followed by a win in the consi after a battle with the #29 of Trevor Sanborn.

In the feature, an early tangle out of two onto the back straight put Derek down a lap. The #35 was
then never in a position to receive a Lucky Dog lap back and so ended up two laps down at the finish.

SEASON OPENER

SUN. APRIL 21st
19th at OPS with Suspension Problems
Practice went well on both Sat. and Sun. Adjusted several things and the car continued to pick up time. A good run in the heat earned a 7th place
starting spot out of the 47 SLMs present.

After about 20 laps of the 150 feature, the front suspension lost grip and the steering began vibrating. The #35 pitted for a look, but nothing seems obivously wrong. Possibly a failed shock.

Unfortunatly there was nothing we could do at this point, so Derek just stayed far out of the way and ran to score a finish.
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
7th Place Finish for Derek
- Qualified in 14th -
Live Coverage at RACE22.com
2013
Ramstrom Racing's focus for 2013 will be on the PASS North Super Late Model Championship.  Winter rebuilds will have both our cars ready for the PASS circuit - one with a crate motor and one with a fully built motor.

The crew for 2013 will be Stephanie Jordan,
Jeff Belyea, Kevin Callanan, Mitch Miller, Jay Dugan,  John Mcjunkins, & Richard Ramstrom.
 
Thanks to our sponsors who make this
2013 season possible:
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Matthews Truck Service and Towing
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Charter Communications
Innovative Business Partners
West Boylston Auto Parts
 
SCHEDULE
 
WORLD SERIES - Sunday, Oct 14th, 2012
FIRST LAP CRASH
A first lap, six-car crash (following a called-off start but without a field reset) took out the #35 at the beginning of the race.
Photos by
Stephanie Jordan

DAV FALL CLASSIC - Sunday, Oct 7th
THE WIN at the DAV
Derek Ramstrom Gave Seekonk Racers
a Driving Lesson in the DAV Memorial
By Lou Modestino
Derek Ramstrom proved that his experiences on various tours and other oval tracks paid off in dividends at Seekonk Speedway's DAV Memorial.

Derek Ramstrom, Rowan Pennink, Ryan Vanasse and Rick Martin all picked up the DAV Fall Classic wins. In the tough 100 lap marathon known as the Pro Stock main, West Boylston’s Derek Ramstrom went on to introduce himself to Seekonk Speedway's Victory Lane. But for a while, it looked like someone else would be the victor. Home town driver Dave Darling jumped from his third starting position into the lead before lap one was complete, and held on through the first 27 laps until he ran over some debris under caution and cut a right rear tire, handing the lead over to Ramstrom. Once out front though, Ramstrom, who was simply biding his time during the early laps, never looked back.

While Derek set the pace, lots of action was taking place behind him. Walpole's Craig Weinstein ran second for much of the middle portion of the event, with Mike Brightman behind. They ran that way until Darling worked his way back through the field into second on the 53rd lap

He shadowed the leader, but could not get close enough to make a serious challenge. Over the last quarter of the event, Bridgewater's Dick Houlihan was able to make up for some lost time, and moved into the second spot where he followed Ramstrom across the line. Darling finished third with Brightman and Lakeville's Elmer Wing fourth and fifth.

Ramstrom was candid in his post race comments. "My crew chief wasn't here, and we had to do without him. There was a lot of checking up in that race - in that long race (due to numerous caution flags). I hope Kenny Spencer is OK (due to a wreck). It was also just a process of elimination because of all the wrecks and caution flags."
Saturday
September 22nd
THE WIN FOR DEREK
DEREK 2012 SLM CHAMPION
The Super Late Model division ran a limited schedule during the 2012 season but that did not stop Derek Ramstrom from claiming his third title in four years at the Thompson Speedway.

The Worcester native also won the Pro All-Stars Series (PASS) race in July.

Following Ramstrom in the championship standings were Jim Banfield, 2007 champ, Mike O’Sullivan, the defending 2011 division champion, Larry Gelinas and veteran Dick Houlihan.
9/16 Thompson 50 Lapper Race Report:  Larry Gelinas of Buxton, ME, watched as the leaders fell to the rear of the field after a late race incident giving him the shot at victory. Derek Ramstrom took advantage of his pole starting position to lead the opening laps of the 50-lapper. Ramstrom had command of the race through a caution on lap 17. After a long clean-up for fluid on the racing surface, there was a change for the lead. On the lap 17 restart, O’Sullivan was the new leader. Ramstrom had Larry Gelinas in tow.

After several laps, Ramstrom began to reassert himself. For a pair of laps, Ramstrom ran alongside of leader O’Sullivan. A spin by newcomer Kevin Gambacorta necessitated the caution again on lap 23. O’Sullivan was again up for the challenge on the restart. Gelinas took chase. Ramstrom again started to pour it on; going door-to-door with O’Sullivan. After several laps, Ramstrom settled back in line, inches from O’Sullivan.

It did not take long for Ramstrom to go back to work to O’Sullivan’s inside. Gelinas had the best seat in the house directly behind the battle for the lead. Jim Banfield was making tracks toward the lead pack during the long green flag run.

On lap 38, Ramstrom made his bid for the lead. He got around O’Sullivan on the backstretch. Coming off of turn four contact between the lead duo sent Ramstrom spinning. O’Sullivan was relegated to the rear of the field for his involvement.

The new front row on the restart was Gelinas and Jim Banfield. Gelinas got a great run to motor out to the lead over Banfield. Ramstrom and O’Sullivan were on the move. Both cleared Daryl Stampl. O’Sullivan followed Ramstrom passed Josh Vanada and then Dick Houlihan. With five laps to go, Gelinas led by a sizeable advantage over Banfield, Ramstrom, O’Sullivan and Houlihan inside the top-five.

Ramstrom caught Banfield with two laps to go. Gelinas continued to lead. Over the closing laps, Ramstrom could not muster up a serious challenge on Banfield for second. It was clear sailing for Gelinas to pick-up the 50-lap Super Late Model victory. Banfield finished second ahead of Ramstrom. O’Sullivan and Houlihan rounded out the top five.
 
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