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Dillon Bassett Heats Up UARA Points Battle with Top Five Finish

Dillon Bassett Heats Up UARA Points Battle with Top Five Finish

by October 8, 2012 0 comments

Dillon Bassett gained 17 spots in the UARA-STARS Goodyear 150 to keep his streak of top five finishes rolling. By finishing fourth, the 15 year old rookie claimed his fourth consecutive top five this past Saturday at Anderson Motor Speedway.

Dillon Bassett advanced the most spots to claim the Holley Performer of the race along with the Circle Wheels / Extreme Trophies and More Rookie of the Race. Not only did he claim both awards for the second consecutive event, Bassett also gained 33 points on points leader Travis Swaim, lessening the margin to 60 points.

Coming into Anderson Dillon Bassett was confident as he had a top five finish in his first event on track in June. In practice he remained inside the top ten, but complained about the car’s handling stating he couldn’t seem to come up to speed. In final practice he was fourth on the charts and said his final run was the best the car had been.

During his first lap of qualifying Dillon Bassett nearly spun off turn four, but was able to hang on. Unfortunately the mishap cost him time on both laps, giving him the 21st starting position, ironically the same starting spot he held in June.

When the first caution waived seven laps into the Goodyear 150 Dillon Bassett had already gained five positions and showed how strong his car was. By lap 50 he was just outside the top ten in 11th, as his team continued to remind their driver to be patient and not use up his tires.

Within 50 to go Bassett was solidly inside the top ten and restarted sixth on lap 120. He was able to move up to fourth on the restart and grabbed third from local racer Ralph Carnes shortly after the final restart on lap 133. In the final circuits Carnes was able to get back past Bassett and Dillon Bassett brought his #44 Roof Shampoo Ford home with a strong fourth place finish.

In his second trip to Anderson Dillon Bassett was able to better his finish by one spot after starting 21st for both events. “We had a great car in the race. I messed up in qualifying and had to start too far back in order to contend for the win. Have to thank my guys for giving me a car to be able to move forward,” Dillon Bassett commented.

While their qualifying efforts have not been ideal, Bassett has had the fortune of being able to work his way forward and make the most of his starting spot to gain points. In the past two events the points Swaim has gained by starting on the pole and leading a lap have been cancelled out by Bassett’s passing points.

The next race for the UARA-STARS is this Saturday, October 13th, at Tri-County Motor Speedway for the Alpha Energy Solutions 150. This will mark the tour’s second appearance this season and they put on a great show in August with 32 cars. Dillon Bassett had a strong run in his first visit to Tri-County placing fifth.

Follow @Dillon_Bassett and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for race updates. Also visit Dillon’s new website at www.dillonbassett44.com.

Caitlin Tinius

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