Dereck Ramirez Gets His USMTS Kicks At Route 66

Photo by Adam Mollenkopf

Dereck Ramirez disposed of Jake Gallardo on lap 11 of 40 at the Route 66 Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and then blasted his way through the field to score a $3,000 payday and the seventh win of his USMTS career.

It was the fifth win in the Lonestar State for the 32-year-old from Woodward, Texas, and his second of the Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship powered by Summit in 2019.

Earning the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award for a second straight night, Gallardo took control at the drop of the green flag while Ramirez, who started fourth, quickly moved to his rear bumper.

Ramirez snuck by to lead lap 7 but Gallardo fought back to regain the lead. It was short-lived, however, as Ramirez was back in control for good three laps later.

With just one caution early in the contest, Ramirez was able to decimate the field and lapped all but the top seven cars.

Meanwhile, Jake O’Neil nabbed his third runner-up finish in the last five events while Rodney Sanders overcame a tough starting position for a second straight night and finished third.

Kale Westover came from the 13th starting spot and held off Gallardo for fourth following a spirited battle between those two, but Carlos Ahumada Jr. was the FK Rod ends Hard Charger Award winner for racing to sixth after starting 21st on the grid.

Terry Phillips, Philip Houston, Adam Kates and Dee Gossett rounded out the top 10. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit USMTS.com or call (515) 832-7944.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to the Casey’s General Stores “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 2. (2) 10 Dee Gossett, Amarillo, Texas. 3. (1) 99n Matt Newkirk (R), Amarillo, Texas. 4. (4) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas. 5. (6) 1T T.C. Hogan (R), Amarillo, Texas. 6. (7) 23g Jim Gress (R), Amarillo, Texas. 7. (5) 41h Eric Hughes (R), Odessa, Texas. 8. (8) 77 Ronnie Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas. 9. (9) 32F Casey Fowler (R), Grand Salina, Texas.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 31 Neal DeBord (R), Amarillo, Texas. 2. (3) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. 3. (7) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M. 4. (5) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa. 5. (6) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. 6. (4) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas. 7. (2) 55G Braden Gress (R), Amarillo, Texas. 8. (8) 80 David Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 2. (2) 30 Travis Tipton (R), Duncan, Ariz. 3. (3) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla. 4. (8) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 5. (7) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas. 6. (6) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas. 7. (1) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), El Paso, Texas. 8. (5) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.

GENESIS RACING SHOCKS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (2) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz. 2. (1) 88R A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich. 3. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 4. (3) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 5. (7) 23L Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas. 6. (8) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo. 7. (6) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas. 8. (5) 10 Dustin Robinson (R), Post, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (10 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla. 2. (2) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas. 3. (3) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas. 4. (4) 1T T.C. Hogan (R), Amarillo, Texas. 5. (8) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), El Paso, Texas. 6. (9) 77 Ronnie Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas., Rocket/PPE, $75. 7. (7) 41h Eric Hughes (R), Odessa, Texas., Shaw/Spreen, $75. 8. (5) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo. 9. (6) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas., SRP/Budlong, $75. 10. (10) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, $90. 11. (11) 32F Casey Fowler (R), Grand Salina, Texas., Shaw/Kraft, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (10 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 2. (3) 23L Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas. 3. (4) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. 4. (5) 23g Jim Gress (R), Amarillo, Texas. 5. (7) 55G Braden Gress (R), Amarillo, Texas. 6. (1) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa. 7. (10) 10 Dustin Robinson (R), Post, Texas., WFRC/, $75. 8. (8) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas., LG2/BMS, $75. 9. (6) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas., MBCustoms/Geddes, $75. 10. (9) 80 David Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas., TRE/Sanders, $75.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $3000. 2. (8) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $1700. 3. (11) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $1100. 4. (13) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla., WFRC/Knowles, 40, $900. 5. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, 40, $800. 6. (21) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), El Paso, Texas, GRT/BMS, 40, $800. 7. (10) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $650. 8. (17) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustoms/KPE, 39, $600. 9. (14) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 39, $550. 10. (6) 10 Dee Gossett, Amarillo, Texas, MBCustoms/Carroll’s, 39, $350. 11. (7) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, 39, $450. 12. (9) 88R A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., Hughes/Farris, 39, $300. 13. (20) 23g Jim Gress (R), Amarillo, Texas, GRT/McCabe, 37, $275. 14. (3) 30 Travis Tipton (R), Duncan, Ariz., Shaw/Tipton, 37, $250. 15. (22) 55G Braden Gress (R), Amarillo, Texas, GRT/McCabe, 37, $250. 16. (16) 23L Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, Victory/Hatfield, 31, $325. 17. (12) 99n Matt Newkirk (R), Amarillo, Texas, Hughes/Newkirk, 26, $250. 18. (15) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas, GRT/PPE, 20, $250. 19. (2) 31 Neal DeBord (R), Amarillo, Texas, BillsBuilt/Blevins, 14, $250. 20. (19) 1T T.C. Hogan (R), Amarillo, Texas, GRT/Kuntz, 12, $250. 21. (23) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 8, $300. 22. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 7, $300. 23. (18) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 5, $300. DNS – 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 0, $200.

(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender

Lap Leaders: J. Gallardo 1-6, Ramirez 7, J. Gallardo 8-10, Ramirez 11-40.
Total Laps Led: Ramirez 31, J. Gallardo 9.

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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