16th and 17th - Concord Motorsport Park
Derek is 3rd in
Saturday the 27th - LIVE from Greenville-Pickens with Speed51
Trackside Now: PASS South "The Howler 150"
Drivers Are Getting Ready For Some South Carolina Racing
Derek 6th and 7th fastest of 29 cars in the two practice
In time trials, Derek runs 15th at 20.184 compared to top
two times of Ben and Mike Rowe: 19.768 & 19.789.
Derek WINS the
first heat race over Randy Gentry.
Saturday, 10:52 pm ET
- Cassius Clark dethroned the weekend king Ben Rowe by
passing him for the lead on lap 134, driving off from him
and onto the victory in "The Howler 150" PASS South event.
Ben Rowe finished second
with Derek Ramstrom making a late charge up to the third
Series points leader Ryan Lawler finished fourth with Corey
Saturday, 10:42 pm ET
- Just when everyone thought Ben Rowe was going to run off
with it, here comes Cassius Clark. Since the restart at lap
100, Clark has been hounding the back bumper of Rowe for the
top spot. Mere inches seperated the two for multiple laps
as the two continue to distance themselves from the rest of
With 25 laps to go, Ben Rowe leads Clark, followed by Mike
Rowe, Ryan Lawler and Corey Williams.
Saturday, 10:32 pm ET
- 100 laps in the books as the caution comes out again for a
spin in turn one by Allen Karnes. With 50 laps remaining,
Ben Rowe continues to show the way with Cassius Clark, Corey
Williams, Mike Rowe and Heath Hindman rounding out the top
Howler Race Story HERE
Behind the leaders, a hardcore battle for the third
position in the closing laps had the fans keeping
one eye on the leaders and another behind them. Out
of nowhere, with just a few laps to go, 16-year-old
Derek Ramstrom made his move up to the third
“Right about 50-laps (to go) we had a bleeder get
stuck on the right rear,” said Ramstrom. “It was
constantly letting out air. We pulled in, changed
the tire and fixed the bleeder. It turned out to be
pretty good after that. I just hung back and let the
crashes happen and some cars get eliminated. I kept
my car under me and it was there at the end.”
6th at the PASS North Championship Weekend
Woodstock) The #35 Derek Ramstrom team headed north
for the last race of the PASS Super Late Model season. The
race was at the beautiful White Mountain Motorsports Park,
which is the place to be if you are interested in racing
with a little leaf peeping on the side!
The team arrived on Saturday for practice. Derek was happy
with the setup during practice and only minor adjustments
were made. Sunday brought more practice, heat races and some
rain. The car handled well again, even with the weather
changes and Derek had a good run in the heat race with a
fourth place finish.
Derek started 7th in the feature and was up into second by
lap 13. The car was handling great and Derek was having some
fun running with the leaders through lap 74. He definitely
was a top three contender, racing with Mike and Benji Rowe,
Cassius Clark, Johnny Clark, and the other top cars.
Unfortunately a caution was thrown and so were Derek’s
chances for a top 5. White Mountain is a track that is
difficult on the outside and that is where Derek took the
green on the restart. Derek was unable to get to the bottom
of the race track and dropped back as far as 9th. Derek
battled back, taking 6th place from Alan Bates in the #98 on
lap 149. The Ramstrom team was very happy with the finish,
pleased the car came home relatively unscathed.
Derek's progress at
mylaps.com by clicking on "Show Lap Chart"
the "Sort Results by Class" box in the feature race reports.
Derek was 7th in points going into White Mountain, only 40
points away from Travis Benjamin in 6th, who pilots the #17
car. Travis faced a variety of problems in the 150 lapper
and finished 21st. Derek gained 32 points but still landed
in 7th place just 8 behind Travis - 2922 to 2930.
Races at Greenville-Pickens and Concord
Even though the season has come to a close for the PASS
North tour the Ramstrom Team isn’t ready to put the pit cart
in the garage for the winter. The team is headed South on
October 27th to invade the PASS South tour at the
Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC for the
“Howler”. The 2007 season will come to a close (supposedly)
at the Mason-Dixon Meltdown, the final race of the South
Tour. The Meltdown will take place at Concord Motorsports
Park in Concord, NC on November 16th and 17th.
The #35 Derek Ramstrom Racing team would like to speak to
potential sponsors for the 2008 racing season. A race party
is being planned for the team and information will be posted
on this website as soon as it becomes available. Questions
about sponsorship or the party can be answered by email or
by calling Cherie Dugan at 774-696-1993, or Rick Ramstrom at
Showers came twice during the night on Oct. 6th at All-Star Speedway
-- the second just one lap before the Super Late Models were to take
the green after an hour and a half of track drying. There was not
enough time for another drying cycle before curfew time, so there
was no chance for the feature to be run. Attendance points (100 for
licensed drivers) and heat points (0 for Derek) were awarded for the
3RD in the PASS 300
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway - 9/23
The Superman Roller Coaster ride at Six Flags has
nothing compared to the ride the #35 Ramstrom Racing
Team took this past weekend at the Beech Ridge 400,
the biggest race of the PASS Tour.
The weekend began on Thursday evening with Rick
driving the hauler to Maine to secure a decent pit
spot, as hundreds of teams make their way to Beech
Ridge for the 400. Friday Derek and the rest of the
crew headed up for a day of practice. Derek thought
the car was good, liked the handling and setup so
they didn’t have to make too many changes.
Friday evening brought a different race genre,
lawnmower racing down the street from the track at
Pathfinders Snowmobile club. Derek arrived a little
late and was unable to secure a ride, leaving him on
the opposite side of the fence for once.
Saturday was heat races, consi’s and a last chance
race. Unfortunately Derek got a lousy starting spot
in the heat race. The heat races were exceptionally
crucial at Beech Ridge because there was over 50
racers trying to make the feature on Sunday,
including some PASS Outlaw regulars and some Beech
Ridge regulars. Top 5 from each heat were to
transfer to the feature.
Derek got caught up in a wreck early that sent him
into the dirt with front end damage and he was towed
back to the pit are for repairs. Crew Chief Jeff
Ratoff and the entire team worked feverishly to
repair the car for the consi. Once again Derek got a
lousy starting spot in the consi and got stuck
behind some slower cars and was unable to get to the
front in the very short 12 lap race.
That brought his final chance to make the show on
Sunday, the infamous “last chance race”. Only the
winner of this race gets a transfer spot. Derek
started on the outside pole, Ritchie Dearborn on the
pole. Again, another very short race and Dearborn
was able to get the lead and keep it. The team was
very anxious, not wanting to pack up and miss the
biggest event of the season. Fortunately Derek is
7th in points and had earned a provisional from
That means he made the show but is starting 31st out
of 33 cars. The team was thrilled to have the chance
to race on Sunday, and Derek wasn’t too rattled
about starting in the rear, he seems to enjoy the
challenge a little.
Sunday the teams had a very short scuff sessions,
only 15 minutes. Derek went out and claimed the car
was running very well so only minor adjustments were
made. After an autograph session for the drivers the
teams pushed their pit cars out to the infield and
the drivers strapped in for 300 very long laps.
The green flag dropped and they took off but Derek
had a tire problem on lap 3 and spun the car in
turns 1 and 2. The caution came out, Derek pitted
for an adjustment and they sent him back out, a lap
down. The leaders were very fast and there were
quite a few cautions as Derek slowly and
methodically began picking them off, one by one. His
car was so fast that he eventually caught the
leaders, and although he was one lap down he just
kept digging and almost got his lap back the old
fashioned way, by passing the leader.
At that time he got the “lucky dog” and was back on
the lead lap, at about lap 180. Derek brought the
car down pit road and the crew had an outstanding
pit stop, changing tires and filling the car with
gas. Derek headed back out, end of the longest line
and once again began to make his way to the front of
Derek showed the patience and perseverance of a
seasoned veteran, certainly not that of a 15 year
old driver. With 10 laps to go Derek was in the
fourth spot, behind Cassius Clark. He made the move
of the race and went around him, securing a stellar
3rd place finish. This was without a doubt the best
race of Derek’s career, showing the racing community
that he is the real deal.
Derek and Rick would like to thank the crew,
especially crew chief Jeff Ratoff, crew members
Chris Hallback and Jay Dugan. They would also like
to extend a huge thank you to Chris and Matt, crew
members of the #79 Prostock race car in Fredericton,
Canada for all their help this weekend. Thanks to
Shawn Newman from Speedway Welding Supply for
helping in the pits. Thanks also to Jimmy the tire
guy, on loan from Steve Perry.
non-PASS race the September 8th weekend for the #35 Ramstrom
Racing Team. The crew took a trip up to Wiscasset Raceway in
Wiscasset Maine to get a little seat time for the upcoming
2008 season. They opted to use the “red” or the “Kyle Busch
car” rather than the primary car Derek runs for the PASS
Series, as they want to save the other car for the last
three point races. After working the bugs out Derek ran well
in the heat race, with only a few minor adjustments by Jeff
Ratoff and the pit crew.
Derek started in the 8th spot in the 100 lap feature and
battled with some of the Wiscasset regulars. Derek and PASS
driver Billy Penfold put on a show as they went door to door
for a good portion of the feature. Derek brought home a
super 4th place finish and had a great time doing it.
The team made a pit stop of their own on the way back to
Massachusetts and dropped the car off for Brad Leighton, who
will be piloting the car in the PASS 300 at Beech Ridge in a
couple of weeks.
Derek and the crew will be at the beautiful White Mountain
Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH this Saturday,
September 15th for the next PASS race.
GraybaR electrical supply held a customer open house
featuring a pig roast at the Worcester facility on Thursday,
Sept. 6th. Derek, Rick, and Cherie hosted a display of the
Ramstrom #35 SLM plus the Thompson Int'l Speedway pace car.
Sept 2nd - Fredericton, NB Canada:
Seems like the Ramstrom Racing Team is spending more time
out of the US than they are in as they loaded up the hauler
and headed north for a 9 hour drive to New Brunswick. Having
a couple of weeks off from the PASS Series doesn’t mean time
off for the team. The Ramstrom team decided the trip for a
huge prostock race would be worth the effort, as seat time
and the prospect for a large purse loomed.
arrived in at New Brunswick International Speedway for the
Peterbilt 250. This was the first time that Derek and the
crew had been at the track and it was the first time that
Derek has run on Hoosier tires. Derek liked the car’s
handling and crew chief Jeff Ratoff made a few changes to
the setup. The car was very fast in practice. After a good
rest Saturday night, courtesy of the Fredericton Inn, the
crew was off to the track for heat races on Sunday. The heat
race didn’t go too well as Derek crashed pretty hard trying
to avoid a wreck in front of him. The pit crew, including
Rick, Jeff Ratoff and Chris Hallback worked feverishly to
put the car together for the “last chance race”. Derek
fought hard in the 30 lap race and came out on top, albeit
without power steering. Derek was pleased when Terry Labonte
took a moment to compliment him on the win. The feature race
was good for Derek, he battled an ill handling racecar and
avoided a few crashes, bringing the #35 home in a very
respectable 14 th place. The trip to Canada turned out great
for the team. 39 cars attempted to qualify for the event, 28
were in the feature so 14 th place, along with the
opportunity to race against some of the finest drivers in
the US and Canada was awesome. Special thanks to Chris
Johnston of New Brunswick International Speedway and to
Jerry O’Leary from O’Leary Pontiac for all their support and
for making the trip to NB speedway possible.
Ramstrom Racing team will be heading to Wiscasset Speedway
this Saturday for another non PASS race. The next race for
PASS and the #35 will be at beautiful White Mountain
Speedway on Saturday the 15 th of September.
30th, 2007 Fredericton, NB - How's this for a "what did you
do over the summer essay"? Derek Ramstrom of West Bolyston,
MA will be attempting to become the youngest driver in
history to compete in the Peterbilt 250. No seriously, Derek
is 16 years old and he races pro stock cars. How many grade
10 kids do you know that can wheel a pro stock car at 100
mph inches from a pack of other cars?
Derek has been racing on the Pro All Stars Series full time
this summer and has 6 top 10 finishes in 14 starts. Pretty
impressive to say the least. Even more impressive is the
fact that Derek won the Pro All Stars Series Outlaw
Championship last season at the very mature age of 15yrs.
"I cant wait to get to Fredericton" said the excited 16yr
old, "We've been talking about this race for over a year now
and I'm really excited. I've been learning a lot this summer
on the PASS tour and its really great for me to be able to
come to events like the Peterbilt 250 and run against the
top notch teams".
Derek will have some local support this weekend , O'Leary
Pontiac owner Jerry OLeary is increasing his exposure once
again for this weekend by sponsoring Derek for the Peterbilt
250. "I simply cant believe this kid is only 16 yrs old"
said Oleary, " I've been in these cars and its not an easy
task run one of these cars at the front. With everything
we've seen from Derek this summer, he'll be a top running
car come Sunday afternoon". Derek will also be flying the
colors of the Fredericton Inn this weekend.
Previous 2007 Results
and Photos HERE