One Icebreaker Weekend Equals Two
Victories For Derek Ramstrom
East Series Regular Turns Luck Around With Two
Super Late Model Victories at His Home Track
By Mike Twist
cebreaker weekend at Thompson International Speedway (CT) isn't just about Modifieds. While the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the track's Sunoco Modified division races are the top draw of the weekend, there are also a pair of Super Late Model shows taking place at the 5/8th mile track as well.
And this year at the Icebreaker, both of those Super Late Model shows ended the same way - with local hero and NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Derek Ramstrom in victory lane. Ramstrom, who won the 209 SLM championship at Thompson, hails from nearby Boylston, Massachusetts.
Ramstrom won Saturday's feature as well as a nail-biting race on Sunday afternoon that saw him start on the pole and then swap the lead with Mike O'Sullivan several times - including on the final lap.
“He passed me and I passed him. It was right down to the wire,” said Ramstrom. “Mike was real tight in the center and I took advantage of that and ran right underneath him. I rubbed up against him and that slowed him up a little bit, so I ended up getting by him.”
O'Sullivan finished third with Norm Wrenn, Dennis Maxfield and Dave Darling rounding out the top five finishers.
Ramstrom currently sits ninth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings - thanks in part to staying on the lead lap and finishing in the 17th position during a rough race at South Boston Speedway (VA). A trip out west to run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event last week at Phoenix International Raceway (AZ) ended with a hard wreck and early trip home. So to come to Thompson and pull off double victories was very timely for Ramstrom.
“This gives me a lot of confidence because we've had a rough couple of weeks in the Pro Series,” said Ramstrom. “This gives me confidence - to sweep the Icebreaker weekend here at Thompson with a ton of fans in the stands.”
Derek Ramstrom made two trips to victory lane this past weekend. (Rick Ibsen Photos)