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Derek and the Ramstrom Racing Team were honored Friday night January 22nd at Thompson Speedway. Derek was honored for his stunning 2009 race season in the challenging Super Late Model Division. Despite a shortened race season, Derek never once crossed the checkers outside the top ten. He scored 13 top five finishes, including four wins.

The championship came down to the very last race. Derek had to beat Mike O'Sullivan in order to secure the championship. Derek managed to hold off O'Sullivan in what was certainly the most nerve racking race of the season. Derek managed to finish ahead of O'Sullivan to secure the coveted title by a mere six points.

Derek thanked his crew for their dedication with commemorative Ramstrom Racing Jackets. He also thanked his fellow competitors in the Super Late Model Division, particularly Mike O'Sullivan, for racing him clean all season, the Hoenig Family and all the staff at Thompson Speedway for providing the best place to race in the Northeast. Derek and Rick also want to thank all their sponsors for the continued assistance to their team, they would not have been in the position they are in without each and every one.
December Notes
The Ramstrom Racing Team has not been at the track but they are still getting together, both to celebrate the season and to do a little work on the cars.

Rick and Derek took the entire team to Wrights Chicken Farm in Rhode Island recently to thank them for their constant and unwavering help. Without all of the crew Derek would never have won the Championship at Thompson last season. This includes the crew that works on the car at the shop and at the track, the people who take care of timing and scoring, the people who run the finances, and the other behind the scene people who just help things run smoothly. Rick and Derek extend a heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of you.

We still have a few
T-shirts left from this season. We have both adult and children's sizes. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt please either email us at cdugan61@msn.com or call Cherie at 774-696-1993.

The team will be going to Thompson Speedway on Friday, January 22nd to be honored for their championship season. The
banquet will be held at the Thompson Speedway Clubhouse and promises to be an entertaining evening for everyone.
PASS Awards Banquet
At the November 7th PASS Awards Banquet at Verrillo's in Portland, ME, Derek received the President's Award for most improved driver awards in the Super Late Model division (above).

Plus Derek picked up his trophy for 10th place in the
PASS North SLM points standings
Thompson World Series
The 2009 racing season has ended on a positive note for the Ramstrom Racing Team following the World Series of Racing at Thompson Speedway in Ct.

The three day event was cut short because Mother Nature was once again somewhat uncooperative. On Friday the team headed to Thompson with the hauler to secure a decent spot in the pit area for this huge event. Derek arrived after school and practiced the car for a while. He had no complaints, in fact thought the car was really fast.

Saturday proved to be a long day for the hard working track crew at Thompson. A lot of rain kept the fans and teams at the clubhouse enjoying their breakfast. The rain would stop for a bit, the crew would work diligently to dry the track and then it would just rain again. The officials called the rain out at 3:00.

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day loaded with sunshine. All the heats were cancelled due to the Saturday rainout. The team wasn't too disappointed as Derek drew the pole when he signed in. This was supposed to be his start for the heat but because they were rained out this would be his start for the feature race. Ben Dodge and all the officials did an outstanding job getting the features underway and the program was run on time. The Super Late Models were due to run before the Whelan Modified Tour but a program change brought them out following the Tour.

The Super Late Models were given five hot laps and then they lined up for the green flag. There was 23 Super Late Models in the field, including several invaders from Seekonk. The green flew and a battle ensued right away between Derek and Fuller. The first caution flag at lap seven saw Derek relinquish the lead to Fuller on the restart. By lap 15 Derek was once again battling Fuller for the top spot. Fuller was in no way having anything to do with the Champion taking his lead away. Fuller pinched the #35 down so hard it almost appeared Derek was mowing the backstretch lawn. Contact between Derek and Fuller going into turn three caused Fuller to crash and opened the door for Mike O'Sullivan and Norm Wrenn to take the top two spots. Derek was in third with the #48 Gelinas car knocking on his door. Battling out of turn four the #48 got too high and scraped the wall going down the front stretch. Derek kept going and ended the season finishing third.
 Derek Scores a 3rd
Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, used a bold three-wide move with five laps remaining to score the Super Late Model victory.

Newly crowned divisional champion Derek Ramstrom jumped out to the early lead in the main event that went 23-cars strong. It was anything but smooth sailing as the teenager had to contend with cagey veteran Rick Fuller. Ramstrom led from his pole position through a caution at lap seven before relinquishing the top spot to Fuller. Ramstrom immediately fell into the clutches of O’Sullivan.

By halfway, Ramstrom was beginning to look racy again, diving to the inside of Fuller. The battle for third was heating up as well with Wrenn pressuring O’Sullivan. The top five ran nose-to-tail looking for running room. Ramstrom could get alongside Fuller while Wrenn could get a fender below O’Sullivan. Neither could make the pass.

Despite a trio of cautions, the running order in the top four remained unchanged. The battling allowed Larry Gelinas to join the mix. Contact between the lead duo of Fuller and Ramstrom opened the door for O’Sullivan, who went three wide in the outside groove to take over the lead on lap 25. The contact between Fuller and Ramstrom continued in turn four. Ultimately, Fuller went spinning. He did not continue in the event. Ramstrom was able to keep going in third.

O’Sullivan was in command with Norm Wrenn in tow. The battle for the third position was fierce between Ramstrom and Gelinas. Coming off turn four, Gelinas' #48 appeared to scrape the wall resulting in a flat tire. Gelinas limped around the speedway as O’Sullivan was taking the victory. Wrenn came home second. Ramstrom survived the fireworks to finish third. Jim Banfield and Rob Murphy completed the top five.
Thursday Night Thunder at Thompson had its season finale last week and what a finale it was. Derek went into the final race leading the points chase over Mike O'Sullivan by a mere 4 points. Derek had to finish no more than one car behind O'Sullivan in order to secure the championship. The entire team seemed to be suffering pre race jitters, with the exception of one member, our driver.

Derek was calm as could be, enjoying the evening like it was any Thursday night. He went out and ran a great heat race, mainly just trying to stay out of trouble. Derek started the feature race two cars ahead of O'Sullivan, He took the green and as per usual was extremely patient, methodically making his way to the front of the field.

A terrifying moment came when Dennis Maxfields motor blew in turn three. Maxfield almost made it into the infield but somehow his car came back onto the track, narrowly missing Derek. O'Sullivan got in the melee, literally driving over the #15 George Bessett machine. O'Sullivan was somehow unscathed and got his spot back for the restart.

The green flag brought Banfield in the lead with Derek in second, O'Sullivan third. Derek was chasing down Banfield, trying to take the win, O'Sullivan was chasing Derek, trying to take second. After what seemed like forever the checkered flag flew, Banfield with the win, Derek second and O'Sullivan third.

Derek won the 2009 Super Late Model Championship, as well as Most Popular Driver. Derek is the youngest driver ever to achieve the championship in any division at Thompson International Speedway. The Ramstrom team is thrilled with this season which consisted of four wins, two 2nds, four 3rds, three fourths, one fifth and one tenth. Derek's only finish outside of the top five was a result of a flat tire. A superb season.

The final race for the Ramstrom Racing Team will be the World Series of Racing at Thompson Speedway. Three exciting days of racing begin on Friday October 16th with the features to be run Sunday, October 18th. Thompson Speedway will be honoring Derek's championship season at the World Series.
Thursday Thunder - Thompson - 9/24
DEREK is the
and SLM Most Popular Driver!
Scott and Trevor Nickel Photos, Official Photographers for Thompson Speedway
1 - 35 - DEREK RAMSTROM - 686
2 - 08 - MIKE O'SULLIVAN - 680
3 - 1m - NORMAN WRENN - 630
4 - 62 - LESLIE ROSE, JR - 578
5 - 15 - GEORGE BESSETTE - 546
6 - 13 - JAMES BANFIELD - 542
7 - 0 - DENNIS MAXFIELD - 478
8 - 16 - RICK FULLER - 462
9 - 48 - LARRY GELINAS - 448
10 - 14 - JAY MACEDONIO - 360

Over the final stages of the 2009 season, Jim Banfield of S. Glastonbury, CT, had been able to turn his luck around. Runner-up finishes had paved the way to his first career Super Late Model feature on Thursday night. Larry Gelinas jumped out to an early lead over Jim Banfield. Derek Ramstrom, who led Mike O’Sullivan by eight points, ran in the sixth position while O’Sullivan was mired a bit deeper back in the pack in eighth.

Ramstrom was all over the back bumper of George Bessette while O’Sullivan was struggling in his efforts to get around Rick Fuller. On lap 11, Ramstrom was able to get alongside Bessette. The two went fender to fender lap after lap.

Up front, Gelinas continued to enjoy a ten car length advantage over Banfield. The battle for the third position was heating up between Dennis Maxfield and Norm Wrenn. On lap 14, Ramstrom was able to get by Bessette. O’Sullivan had not advanced his position.

With Maxfield and Wrenn battling, Ramstrom was able to catch the duo. In a flash of flame, the motor of Maxfield expired. The oil laid down on the speedway, sent cars sliding. During the incident O’Sullivan climbed over the #15 of Bessette.

Gelinas suffered mechanical failure on the ensuing restart; handing the lead over to Banfield. Ramstrom lined up in second while O’Sullivan was able to climb into the third spot on the restart. Ramstrom chased the back bumper of Banfield.

Ramstrom was looking racy for the lead with three laps to go. Sullivan had caught the leaders. With two to go, O’Sullivan was able to get to the rear tire of Ramstrom. The battle for the second spot allowed Banfield to head to his first win of the season. Ramstrom finished second ahead of O’Sullivan to earn the local favorite his first Thompson Speedway championship. Wrenn and Fuller completed the top five.

Super Late Model (Top Ten) Feature Finish 9/24:
1. Jim Banfield, S. Glastonbury, CT;
2. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA;
3. Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA; 4. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH;
5. Rick Fuller, Auburn, MA; 6. Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI;
7. Marc Curtis, Worcester, MA; 8. Les Rose, Jr., Southbridge, MA;
9. Chris Magee, Edgartown, MA; 10. Bobby Tripp, Westport, MA.
The racing season is coming down to the wire for the Ramstrom Racing Team. Last Thursday night was the second to last point race at Thompson Speedway. Derek had been at New Hampshire Speedway qualifying the #53 Camping World East Series car. Having never driven a car at New Hampshire's "Magic Mile" proved to be a non-issue for Derek as he was 12th fastest in practice. Derek time trialed 21st out of 34 cars, then drove like hell (within speed limits, of course) to Thompson for the heats.

Derek ran the heat race basically to scuff his tires. He started the feature race in the middle of the field and slowly began chasing down the leaders. With only five laps to go Derek was in the third spot trying to take down second place driver Dennis Maxfield. Maxfield would not give up second so Derek ended up third at the line. Mike O'Sullivan took the win which means only four points seperate Derek from O'Sullivan going into the final points race Thursday night. The Ramstrom team would like to thank Seekonk Late Model racer Jerry D' Gasparre for his assistance Thursday night!

The team went back to Loudon Friday for the
Camping World East Series  race. The race was scheduled for 5:00 but a brief rain delay put it off for 40 minutes. NASCAR officials decided to shorten the race from 125 laps to 100 laps because there are no lights at the track. Derek did an outstanding job in his debut at NHMS. He choose not to pit after the first caution and took the green in the third spot. Derek hung on to third for a while before sliding back a bit. He pitted on the next caution and started towards the rear. He avoided a bunch of wrecks and many restarts before finishing in the 12th position. Fantastic job by Derek and the entire team.

All of us at Ramstrom Racing would like to extend our congratulations to
Johnny Clark and the entire #54 Team. Johnny won the PASS North Championship again this year.

Derek Finishes in 12th

Speed51 Trackside Now from NHIS 9/18

NASCAR CWEast Racing Report

NASCAR Lap by Lap

Photos by
Chris Roy
Photos by
Jamie Williams

Derek Qualifies in 21st
Derek is making his New Hampshire Motor Speedway "Magic Mile" debut in the #53 Cam Neely Foundation/Gilbane Chevrolet. In his third Camping World East Series start, Derek posted a 12th fastest time in practice.
His 31.113 sec., 122.418 mph. qualifying lap places him in the 10th  row, in the 21st spot. Follow the race action at the Live: East at NH below.
LIVE: East at New Hampshire
Thursday Thunder - Thompson - 9/10
3rd  Place

Right from the drop of the green flag there was excitement in the Super Late Models. Pole sitter Larry Gelinas immediately had his hands full with Dennis Maxfield. The two went fender-to-fender for a number of laps. As the lead duo battled O’Sullivan and Norm Wrenn lurked behind.

On lap seven, Maxfield was finally able to gain the advantage. Gelinas immediately fell to the challenge of O’Sullivan. A great run by O’Sullivan on lap 11 gave him the advantage and the lead over Maxfield. Derek Ramstrom was making his way to the front taking spots from Rick Fuller and Norm Wrenn. He got by Gelinas on lap 17 to take over the third position.

Up front, O’Sullivan had run out to a six-car length advantage over Maxfield while Ramstrom was quickly closing the gap. Gelinas ran along in the fourth spot followed by a battle for the fifth position between Wrenn, Fuller, and George Bessette.

With five laps to go Ramstrom had caught Maxfield and the leader entered lapped traffic. Maxfield and Ramstrom were able to cut down the lead substantially when O’Sullivan was forced high on the track by a lapped car. The incident was hardly a glitch as O’Sullivan quickly gained his composure and once again stretched his advantage.

O’Sullivan had nearly a half straightaway lead as he streaked under the checkers for his third win of the season. Ramstrom could not muster up a serious challenge on Maxfield for second. Gelinas and Norm Wrenn completed the top five. With this victory on Thursday night in the Super Late Model division, Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, cut Derek Ramstrom’s point lead to a mere four points heading into the final point race.
Super Late Model (Top Ten) Finish: 1. Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA; 2. Dennis Maxfield, Fitchburg, MA; 3. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 4. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, MA; 5. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH; 6. Rick Fuller, Auburn, MA; 7. George Bessette, Danbury, CT; 8. Les Rose, Jr., Southbridge, MA; 9. Steve Desmarias, Westport, MA; 10. Jim Banfield, MA.
1 - 35 - DEREK RAMSTROM - 638
2 - 08 - MIKE O'SULLIVAN - 634
3 - 1m - NORMAN WRENN - 586
4 - 62 - LESLIE ROSE, JR - 542
5 - 15 - GEORGE BESSETTE - 524

 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway - Sun. Sept. 13th
Early Wreck for a 31st Place Finish
The big PASS show at Beech Ridge proved a lesson in futility for Derek and the Ramstrom Crew. The team made it's way up to Scarborough Maine on Friday for practice. During one of Derek's practices the trailing arm broke on the car. The team was fortunate to have someone willing to repair it for the heats and feature race. Saturday wasn't a whole lot better as rain fell and put a damper on the day. Finally Mother Nature cooperated and the weather improved. Derek started last in the heat race and spun out in some water, keeping him in the last position for the checkers. Derek finished 2nd in the consi, putting him in the 21st position for the 300 lap feature Sunday.

Sunday brought out the sun as well as positive attitudes from Derek and the team. The PASS drivers lined up on the front stretch for a brief autograph session. Derek strapped in and prepared for the long 300 lap race. Turns out Derek didn't quite make it 300 laps.

On lap 27 Derek was involved in a three wide situation and caught the short end of the stick with a rough ride over the speed bumps in turn one. The #35 had the steering rack knocked out of the car and was towed back to the pit stall. The team assessed the damage and felt it was too significant to attempt to repair. Derek ended up finishing 31st. Adam Bates in the #98 went into the front straight wall in the same incident and also had to be towed.

Next Events:
Derek will be at New Hampshire Speedway on Thursday attempting to qualify the #53 Camping World East Series car. He will leave New Hampshire after qualifying and head to Thompson International Speedway.

The #35 Ramstrom Racing Team will have a special paint scheme on the hood. Derek will be driving in the memory of Richard Gorski. Janice McJunkins asked Derek to drive his car in memory of her father, who was an avid NASCAR fan as well as a decorated veteran. Janice, along with her husband John, own and operate Matthews Truck Service and Towing who have been a major sponsor and supporter for Ramstrom Racing this season.

Following the race at Thompson Derek and the team will once again return to Loudon to race in the Camping World Series race scheduled for Friday, September 18th at 5:10 pm.

Derek had a last place draw and a quick spin in
Heat #2 and missed the transfer cut.

But in Consi #1 Derek moved up into 2nd
place finish and will start the PASS 300
SLM Feature from 21st.

An early wreck left Derek with
a 31st place finish.

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Thursday Thunder - Thompson - 9/10
4th Place & a Better Points Lead

Local favorite Rick Fuller of Auburn, MA, returned to his racing roots earlier this season making the Thompson Super Late Models his home for the 2009 season. After being close on several occasions, Fuller made his triumphant return to victory lane; his first as a driver since 2001.

Jim Banfield was having the run of his season leading the opening laps of the Super Late Model main event. He was able to gain an advantage over a heated battle for the second position between Dennis Maxfield and Rick Fuller. After several laps, Fuller was able to free himself from Maxfield. By the halfway marker, Fuller had all but caught Banfield. Larry Gelinas and Derek Ramstrom ran fender-to-fender for the fourth spot. Norm Wrenn lurked outside of the top five with Mike O’Sullivan.

Banfield maintained a two car-length advantage over Fuller. Ramstrom had gotten past Gelinas and O’Sullivan grabbed a spot away from Wrenn. With less than 10 laps to go, Fuller began to apply pressure. On lap 22, Fuller got up alongside Banfield. As they started lap 23, Fuller was the new leader. The field got strung out with Fuller in command over Banfield, Maxfield, Ramstrom and O’Sullivan. Over the final five laps, all Banfield could do was watch as Fuller motored away. On the last lap, Ramstrom caught Maxfield and applied heavy pressure.

Fuller handily headed to victory lane. Banfield had a season-high runner-up finish. Maxfield held off Ramstrom for third. Mike O’Sullivan completed the top five.
Super Late Model Feature Finish (Top Ten): 1. Rick Fuller, Auburn, MA;
2. Jim Banfield, S. Glastonbury, CT; 3. Dennis Maxfield, Fitchburg, MA;
4. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 5. Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA;
6. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 7. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH;
8. George Bessette, Danbury, CT; 9. Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI;
10. Daryl Stampfl, Norwood, MA.
1 - 35 - DEREK RAMSTROM - 592
2 - 08 - MIKE O'SULLIVAN - 584
3 - 1m - NORMAN WRENN - 544
4 - 62 - LESLIE ROSE, JR - 506
5 - 15 - GEORGE BESSETTE - 486
9/8/2009  -  We hope you have all been enjoying your summer. Here at Ramstrom Racing, we have been quite busy....
The last two weeks at Thompson were a lot of fun... we enjoyed a special night sponsored by CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS and then followed up with a win the following week. (sorry we could not provide a win for Charter!) We are in a tight points battle at Thompson, but we have a slight lead for the #1 spot!  We are currently in the #4 spot for PASS points.
Even though our race season is soon to come to an end, the next two or three weeks will be some of the busiest of the season! The line up for this week: Thompson International Speedway (9-10) and then on to Beechridge for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (poster and link below)
Next week is Thompson (9-17), New Hampshire International Speedway (Louden) on Thursday and Friday where we will be racing the Camping World East #53 car, and then to White Mountains to race the #35 PASS car on Friday and Saturday.
(Have they perfected the clone thing yet???) The week after that we race again at Thompson (9-24) and then, depending on what happens at NHIS, we may be bringing the Camping World East car to Dover DE!!!
So as you can see, the momentum is still building for us here and we really appreciate all the support we receive from our sponsors and fans.  As always, we look forward to seeing you at the races!
Derek, Rick & the #35 Race Team

Photos by Scott and Trevor Nickel
Thursday Thunder - Thompson - 9/3
4th WIN of 2009 for Derek

Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, CT, turned in a dominating performance to score his fourth Super Late Model victory of the season. The first half of the 30-lap event was laden with cautions decimating the field. All but the top few cars had been involved in incidents in some way or another. A couple of grinding crashes eliminated the cars of Norm Wrenn, Henry Stampfl and Daryl Stampfl. Top guns Mike Stefanik and Rick Fuller also sustained damage.

Things settled down after halfway with Ramstrom solidly in control. Ramstrom had a 10-car length advantage with the crossed flags in the air. The leader gained additional distance as Larry Gelinas had to fight off Mike O’Sullivan. As the two did battle Bessette was able to join the fray.

O’Sullivan was able to make the pass for the runner-up spot on lap 22. O’Sullivan had eight laps to catch Ramstrom, who had nearly a half-straightaway advantage. Meanwhile, Bessette had caught Gelinas.

Gelinas spun with only two laps to go relinquishing the third position. The veteran was able to keep his momentum allowing the leaders to go green to the checkers. Ramstrom handily took down the win followed by O’Sullivan. Bessette recovered from his early race incident to score a podium finish in third. Mike Stefanik and Dennis Maxfield rounded out the top-five.
Super Late Model Feature Finish (Top Ten): 1. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 2. Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA; 3. George Bessette, Danbury, CT; 4. Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI; 5. Dennis Maxfield, Fitchburg, MA; 6. Les Rose, Jr., Southbridge, MA; 7. Jim Banfield, S. Glastonbury, CT; 8. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 9. Rick Fuller, Auburn, MA; 10. Henry Stampfl, Norwood, MA.
1) 35 - DEREK RAMSTROM - 548
2) 08 - MIKE O'SULLIVAN - 542
3) 1m - NORMAN WRENN - 506
4) 62 - LESLIE ROSE, JR - 476
5) 15 - GEORGE BESSETTE - 450
6) 13 - JAMES BANFIELD - 412
7) 0 - DENNIS MAXFIELD - 360
8) 14 - JAY MACEDONIO - 360
9) 48 - LARRY GELINAS - 338
10) 16 - RICK FULLER - 330
Thursday Thunder - Thompson - 8/27
Derek Posts a 10th

The weather was fantastic but the feature race not at all fantastic for the #35 Ramstrom Racing Team. The very busy evening at Thompson prohibited the Super Late Models from running heat races and Derek started 5th in the feature.

The first few laps saw Derek moving forward, battling with the #48, really entertaining the crowd. Around lap 10 Derek's car began moving at a steady pace, unfortunately backwards. After stating the car was "really fast" in the beginning Derek was clearly hanging on, waiting for the checkered flag. When the race was over the crew made quick work of figuring out that the right rear tire had been compromised after Derek had run over some debris.

Derek finished 10th but still maintains the points lead over Mike O' Sullivan by 4 points. Derek took some time during the evening to sign autographs on the midway, the team was very pleased with the kind words given to Derek by his many fans. Derek and the Ramstrom Racing Team would like to thank Charter Communications for their continued support and for sponsoring Charter Communications Night at Thompson Speedway.

Next Thursday Derek is back at Thompson for another 30 lap feature, along with the Modified Tour.

Mike O’Sullivan of Springfield, MA, proved to be the man to beat on Thursday night with his second Super Late Model victory of the season. Les Rose led the field to green and was able to gain a favorable advantage as the battle for second heated up between Norm Wrenn, O’Sullivan, Derek Ramstrom, and Larry Gelinas. O’Sullivan took over the second spot from Wrenn and immediately began to cut into Rose’s advantage.

At the halfway marker, the man on the move was George Bessette. He broke into the top five and began to hunt down Gelinas. There were problems for Ramstrom who fell to the tenth position. With 10 laps to go, O’Sullivan had caught the back bumper of Rose. Wrenn was right in step with the lead duo as well.

On lap 22, O’Sullivan easily made his way into the lead. Wrenn followed through relegating Rose to third. He fell in jeopardy of losing another spot to Gelinas. Over the final laps, O’Sullivan was able to edge away from Wrenn for a two-car length advantage. The #48 of Gelinas dropped off the pace with only three laps to go.

O’Sullivan headed to the checkers uncontested for his second victory of the season. Wrenn was second at the line followed by Rose, Bessette and Mike Stefanik in the top five.

1 - 35 - DEREK RAMSTROM - 498
2 - 08 - MIKE O'SULLIVAN - 494
3 - 1m - NORMAN WRENN - 478
4 - 62 - LESLIE ROSE, JR - 436
5 - 15 - GEORGE BESSETTE - 404
6 - 13 - JAMES BANFIELD - 374
7 - 14-  JAY MACEDONIO - 360
8 - 51 - JEFF CONNORS - 326
9 - 0 - DENNIS MAXFIELD - 318
10 - 48 - LARRY GELINAS - 302
Thursday Thunder - Thompson - 8/20
Derek Scores the Win
Photos by Scott and Trevor Nickel

Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, MA, scored the victory in a wild Super Model main event. Jay Macedonio enjoyed a sizeable lead in the early going of the 30-lap main event. Heavy hitters Norm Wrenn, Ramstrom, and Rick Fuller were making tracks to the front. By lap 10, Mike O’Sullivan had reeled in leader Macedonio. Fuller found running room on the low side taking positions from Wrenn and Ramstrom. Alone in third, Fuller quickly caught the lead duo.

Up front, O’Sullivan was able to grab the lead from Macedonio on lap 11. A pair of laps later, Fuller propelled himself into the runner-up spot. Macedonio fell into the clutches of Ramstrom at halfway. A lap later, Macedonio spun on the backstretch to bring out the caution.

The lead duo made grazing contact on the restart. O’Sullivan was able to maintain his lead. Ramstrom rocketed into the third spot followed by Larry Gelinas. O’Sullivan gained the advantage but not any breathing room. Fuller dogged O’Sullivan lap after lap.  

A stream of sparks followed Bessette as mechanical failure resulted in hard contact with the outside wall exiting turn two. Macedonio was collected in the incident. Steve DesMarias made severe contact with a still-spinning Macedonio. All drivers walked away.

A different kind of sparks flew after a lap 23 restart. Contact between the lead duo found Fuller in the outside wall in turn one. O’Sullivan was put to the tail of a decimated field for his involvement. He restarted from the sixth position.

Gelinas sat on the point for the restart. He stayed with Ramstrom only briefly before Ramstrom took over the top spot. Ramstrom was able to distance himself from the Gelinas. O’Sullivan moved into the third spot. That is the way they would cross the stripe. Wrenn and Jim Banfield completed the top five.

Super Late Model 30-lap Feature Event (Top Ten) Finish: 1. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 2. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 3. Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA; 4. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH; 5. Jim Banfield, S. Glastonbury, CT; 6. Matt Zenisky, W. Springfield, MA; 7. Rick Fuller, Auburn, MA; 8. Les Rose, Jr., Southbridge, MA; 9. George Bessette, Danbury, CT; 10. Jay Macedonio, Somerset, MA.
1 - 35 - DEREK RAMSTROM - 466
2 - 08 - MIKE O'SULLIVAN - 444
3 - 1m - NORMAN WRENN - 430
4 - 62 - LESLIE ROSE, JR - 390
5 - 15 - GEORGE BESSETTE - 360
6 - 14-  JAY MACEDONIO - 360
7 - 13 - JAMES BANFIELD - 334
8 - 51 - JEFF CONNORS - 326
9 - 16 - RICK FULLER - 296
10 - 0 - DENNIS MAXFIELD - 280

PASS 150 Presented by Cirelli Foods - Sat. Aug. 15th
Hard run at a tough little race track to finish fourth behind local competitor Tom Scully Jr. (#2 above), Ben Rowe and Johnny Clark. Held off local Seekonk Pro Stock Champs Dave Darling and Fred Astle, giving more than he got in the battles. Top driving rewarded with a good, solid points night.

51 Leftovers: PASS North at Seekonk  By MIkeTwist
Scully is a Surprise Winner, Ramstrom Has a Busy Day
Camping World East Series
NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200
at Lime Rock Park
12th Place Finish on the Road Course
A clean run without a departure from the asphalt and no wheel hopping or missed shifts for Derek's first ever road course  and second CWES race. Derek apparently was a fast learner at the Skip Barber School course he took at the 1.53 mile Lime Rock Park track in late July.

Race Results at the NASCAR CWES site HERE

Follow the action lap by lap at
14 Aug 2009
DiBenedetto on pole, Koby(no)luck 21st

The luck of three-time Lime Rock winner Matt Kobyluck ran out during qualifying as a fuel-contamination problem ended his run before it started. Just as Kobyluck took the green to start his first hot lap as part of the final group qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World East Mohegan Sun 200, we heard a pop from his #40 Mohegan Sun Chevy on the front straight. By the time he exited Big Bend, the car was stopped – and so were his chances of qualifying toward the front.

But that isn’t to say that Matt DiBenedetto wasn’t going to take pole anyway. The part-time yet two-time winner (Tri-County and NHIS) turned a :53.727 lap in his Joe Gibbs Driven Toyota – after he saw Kobyluck’s down Chevy – to nip points leader Ryan Truex by 2/10s of a second. It was DiBenedetto’s second pole of the year; his first was also on a road course, Watkins Glen in June.
Third was Jason Holehouse, test driver and chief instructor for the Skip Barber Racing School. Starting alongside Holehouse is Brett Moffitt, sixth in points and winner of the South Boston race in May.
“I was on the start of a good lap when I had to slow for Matt’s stopped car!” DiBenedetto said, “But I put another one together, then parked it. I would have headed back out if I had to.”
Lime Rock is the ninth of 11 races in this year’s NASCAR CWES championship, and the top six drivers in points – Truex, Jody Lavender, Eddie MacDonald, Kobyluck, Steve Park and Moffitt – are within 100 points of each other with three races to go. It is the closest points battle in the series’ 23-year history. The Mohegan Sun 200 will play a large part in determining the 2009 champion.
Lavender qualified 14th, MacDonald ninth and Park 10th for tomorrow’s 1:00 p.m. start.

Starting grid, Mohegan Sun 200 (km) NASCAR Camping World Series East

1. Matt DiBenedetto, :53.727
2. Ryan Truex, :53.900
3. Jason Holehouse, :54.464
4. Brett Moffitt, :54.541
5. Ryan Duff, :54.595
6. Mike Olsen, :54.694
7. Jesus hernandez, :54.766
8. Alex Kennedy, :54.787
9. Eddie MacDonald, :54.873
10. Steve Park, :54.947
11. Jeff Anton,:55.038
12. Jonathan Smith, :55.103
13. Dustin Delaney, :55.797
14. Jody Lavender, :56.038
15. Derek Ramstrom, :56.896
16. Matt Kurzejewski, :57.059
17. Scott Bouleym :57.349
18. John Salemi, :57.523
19. Alan Tardiff, :60.865
20. Tiffany Daniels, :63.624
21. Matt Kobyluck, no time
22. Tim Cowen, no time

#7 Duff and #35 Park will have to drop to the back for transmission
and engine change respectively.
Thursday Thunder - Thompson - 8/6
Derek with a 4th
TRACK RACE REPORT: George Bessette made quick work of the early SLM leader Jay Macedonio to take over the top spot. Bessette immediately began to stretch his lead. Rick Fuller had maneuvered his way into the second position but could not bite into Bessette’s lead.

Mike O’Sullivan picked his way through traffic and into the third position. It was not an easy ride to the front as the right read fender was flapping in the breeze. Officials deemed the car safe for competition. Jeff Connors ran alone in third. Mired deeper in the pack the likes of Norm Wrenn, Derek Ramstrom worked tirelessly to make tracks to the front. The duo of Wrenn and Ramstrom caught Connors making it a three-car battle for the fourth spot.

The first caution of the event flew with only five laps remaining when Dave Silvia lost the handle making hard contact with the inside retaining wall. The caution erased the large lead that Bessette had amassed. Bessette was up for the challenge and immediately put some distance between himself and Fuller. The run was for naught as contact between Connors and Wrenn for the fourth caused Connors to spin and the caution to wave. Wrenn was penalized for the contact. Unphased by the caution, Bessette cruised out to the lead once again and ultimately to the checkers. Fuller settled for second over O’Sullivan, Ramstrom, and Macedonio.
RACE TOP TEN: 1. George Bessette, Danbury, CT; 2. Rick Fuller, Auburn, MA; 3. Mike O’Sullivan, Springfield, MA; 4. Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 5. Jay Macedonio, Somerset, MA; 6. Larry Gelinas, Buxton, ME; 7. Mike Stefanik, Coventry, RI; 8. Les Rose, Jr., Southbridge, MA; 9. Jim Banfield, S. Glastonbury, CT; 10. Norm Wrenn, Nashua, NH.

TOP TEN in POINTS: 1 - RAMSTROM - 416,  2 -O'SULLIVAN - 398,
3 - WRENN - 386,  4 -ROSE - 354,  5 - MACEDONIO - 328,
6 - BESSETTE - 326,  7 - CONNORS - 326,  8 - BANFIELD - 292,
9 - FULLER - 258,  10 - SILVIA - 254
The NAPA 150
Unity Raceway - Unity, ME - Sunday August 2nd
19th at Unity after Tangles
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