1August 25th, 2012 - The team entered a single event over the weekend as on Saturday night they took in an Open Wheel Modified event at Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Indiana), which was held in conjunction with a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. A talented field of forty-one Open Wheel Modifieds converged on the facility for the racing program, which was held on an extremely rough, racing surface. Derek started his night by advancing from the fifth starting position in his heat race to record a second place finish. His heat performance resulted in him starting eighth in the feature. During the course of the main event he passed four cars on his way to a fourth place finish behind race winner, Joey Kramer, Billy Vaughn, and Adam Hamilton. It was a strong performance for Groomer against a strong field of competitors. Full results are available at www.LawrenceburgSpeedway.com.

August 18th, 2012 - Saturday night found the team once again making the trek to Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Indiana) for a Weekly Racing Series Event in his #d48 Groomer Motorsports Larry Shaw Race Car. Twenty-eight competitors were on hand for the event, and in the feature Derek mounted a great charge through the field on his way to a second place finish behind race winner, Brian Hayden. Full results from the event are available at www.LincolnParkSpeedway.com.