When Derrick Ramey took the checkered flag on the final night of Winter Freeze V at Georgia’s Screven Motor Speedway earlier this year, he knew right away that it was the biggest win of his career.   It was a big-money race in front of a large crowd and it gave him the points lead to start of the Renegades of Dirt South season.


The win also did something else for Ramey.  By becoming the points leader after that race, he’s now locked into the $10,000-to-win N.C. Modified Nationals at Friendship Speedway (NC), which will be seen live on 51 TV on March 27-28.


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“I think we have a good shot at winning,” Ramey told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “I think we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”


Ramey joined the Lethal Chassis team run by David Stremme during the offseason.  He credits a lot of his early season success to that move.


“We were pretty excited about it,” Ramey said.  “We had pretty high hopes to start the year off.  Now after making the switch and seeing how the cars performed last year we had a good feeling about this year.”


He’s encountered just one problem so far this season, and it’s far from a problem of his making.  Weather has kept him from being able to run a lot of races.   The N.C. Modified Nationals events will be his first in almost two months since Screven.


“It’s seemed like forever since we raced last,” said Ramey.  “The car has been sitting on jack stands for about a month now.  We should have raced about two or three times since then but the weather doesn’t want to cooperate.”


But even though it’s been a long time, Ramey still feels that the momentum from that last win will carry over.


“Getting that win gave us a lot more confidence and makes us look forward to wanting to go win more and work hard,” he said.  “Now we’ve got the points lead with the Renegades of Dirt South.  I think we’re going to have a good year.”


Ramey has run at Friendship Speedway multiple times.  He’s even raced there before it was converted to a dirt track.  He knows exactly what he wants out of the facility if he’s to have a really good night of racing.


“I like the track to be slick as glass where you have to be easy on the throttle,” he said.  “A multi-groove race track is fun but if it was my choice I’d rather the race track be slick as glass.  That way you’ve got to get up on the wall and be smooth on the throttle.  You can’t overdrive the car.  A hammer-down race track is fun but the racing isn’t nearly as good as when the track is slick.”


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If the track ends up being that way, there’s a good chance Ramey will start thinking about what it would be like to win that race.  He already has, but only to a certain extent.


“I don’t even know,” Ramey said when asked what the win would mean to him.  “That would be unreal.  The win down at Screven was the biggest win of my career.  But that win by far would top anything.”


-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: Derrick Ramey Racing Facebook Page

Ramey Reckons He’ll Be A Force At Friendship Speedway