2007 Results & Photos - 9/2/07 to 11/17/07

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26th -Nov. 16th and 17th - Concord Motorsport Park

After a good heat run and after setting a strong pace to click off the laps, Derek is bounced into the wall and out of the race early. The rear axle was knocked out of position (notice how much of the rear tire is visible)  and the drive shaft was torn up just when things were going great.

Derek is 3rd in The Howler!

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 Action

Derek 6th and 7th fastest of 29 cars in the two practice sessions.

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 position.  Series points leader Ryan Lawler finished fourth with Corey Williams fifth.
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 the field. 
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 five.

 Full 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 position.

“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

(North 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.

Follow Derek's progress at mylaps.com by clicking on "Show Lap Chart"
unchecking 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.

PASS South 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.

Race Party and Sponsors
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 event.


3RD in the 300!



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 PASS.

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 the field.

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.



Another 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.

The team 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.

The 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.

August 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