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Dillon Bassett Looks to Cap Successful Rookie Season at Rockingham

Dillon Bassett Looks to Cap Successful Rookie Season at Rockingham

by October 29, 2012 0 comments

Dillon Bassett on track at The Rock in April

This weekend’s event at Rockingham Speedway marks the final stop of the season for the UARA-STARS. 15 year old Dillon Bassett looks to complete his rookie season on a high note by having a solid run in the Classic 3 Championship weekend.

Dillon Bassett has had a spectacular rookie season collecting two victories and seven additional top five finishes. In 15 events he has 12 top ten finishes and an average finish of 6.73. He enters Rockingham on a string of five consecutive top fives.

In Bassett’s first appearance at Rockingham in April he qualified an impressive fifth. He stayed inside the top five for the majority of the race, but unfortunately missed a shift on the next to last restart which dropped him from fourth to the tail of the field. Bassett was able to rally back and claimed a respectable tenth place finish, but the young driver walked away disappointed in his performance.

Since Rockingham Bassett’s restarts have improved and he is hoping that is one factor he can rule out this weekend. While he has made improvements on his restarts, Bassett is still working to better his qualifying efforts as he has an average starting position of 11.80, with his best effort of third in two events.

“We had a really strong car earlier this year at Rockingham. It is the biggest and fastest track I’ve been on, but we adjusted well and were fast as soon as we unloaded. We qualified well last time, so hopefully I can back that up and keep us toward the front during the race,” Bassett commented.

The #44 Bassett Racing team heads into Rockingham second in points. Dillon Bassett has already clinched 2012 Rookie of the Year honors, and mathematically still has a chance to take over the points lead, but it is unlikely given Travis Swaim’s performance this season.

The team has nothing to lose this weekend as they are locked in the second place points position. They hope to seek redemption at Rockingham and have one focus this weekend, chasing their third victory to put a cap on an already outstanding rookie season.

The UARA-STARS hit the one mile track on Thursday for open practice. Qualifying takes place Friday afternoon and the 75 lap race will get underway on Saturday at 12 PM. The NASCAR K&N East Series and Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals will also be on hand for the weekend’s events. If you can’t make it out to the track, the UARA race is available online at www.motorsportsbroadcasting.com.

Follow @Dillon_Bassett and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for updates. Visit www.dillonbassett44.com.

Caitlin Tinius

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