Derek began racing at the age of 8. He started in quarter midgets at the Little T Speedway. He then moved to 250 micro sprints out of whip city. From their, he was able to drive his family-owned pro 4 modified all over New England. While there he had the opportunity to drive at various races at Seekonk Speedway and the North Eat mini stock tour. All this prepared him for the division he is in now. He is entering his first full-time season with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, in hopes to capture rookie of the year.