Myrtle Beach Rainout Leads Dillon Bassett to Southern National

Myrtle Beach Rainout Leads Dillon Bassett to Southern National

by November 20, 2012 0 comments


Dillon Bassett set to hit the track for Myrtle Beach 400 qualifying

Last week Dillon Bassett was preparing for his final event of the season, the Myrtle Beach 400. As rain set in at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Sunday, the event was postponed until March 22, 2013.

Dillon Bassett entered Myrtle Beach with anticipation after completing his rookie season on the UARA-STARS circuit two weeks prior with a runner-up finish at Rockingham. With his planned season finale moving four months into next season, Bassett will participate at Southern National Motorsports Park this weekend for their Thanksgiving All-Star Classic.

The field was already set for the Myrtle Beach 400 and Bassett impressed by posting the fifth quickest lap among the 54 cars in attendance during qualifying Saturday afternoon. His experience this season proved to be valuable as it was a vast improvement over his efforts last season when he missed the show and took a provisional to start the race.

Qualifying has not been a strong suit for the 15 year old this season, but he entered Myrtle Beach with a wave of confidence from his first pole earned at Rockingham. “I was really proud of our starting spot for the Myrtle Beach 400. Best of all, we could sit out the heat races this year. To qualify well I’ve learn to stay calm and not overdrive the car,” Bassett said. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the race in. I was looking forward to it; I think we had a good car in race trim.”

The Bassett Racing team was geared up to end the 2012 race season on a strong note and disappointed to end with a rain out. Instead of preparing for 2013, they unloaded and prepared for this weekend’s event at Southern National, a track where Bassett Racing is four for four with Ronnie Bassett Jr.

While older brother Ronnie was earning victories at Southern National, Dillon was winning at Kingsport Speedway the same night. The following evening Dillon Bassett made it to SNMP to watch Ronnie complete his sweep, but he has yet to see the 4/10 mile asphalt oval from the driver’s seat.

Calling the shots for Dillon Bassett this weekend will be Seth Smith, Ronnie’s car chief the past two seasons. Smith’s first event as crew chief was in Myrtle Beach where he joined the #44 team of Bassett and car chief, Kris Bradley.

“While I hate to see Seth shift over from the 04 team, it will be a great move for the 44 team. Although two separate teams, everyone at Bassett Racing is used to working together as one operation. Dillon, Kris and Seth work well together and it is the best decision for them to chase the UARA championship next season,” said Chris Lawson, Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s crew chief.

Dillon Bassett will hit the track Friday for practice and hopes to continue Bassett Racing’s SNMP success. Qualifying and heat races take place Saturday with the last chance race and 200 lap feature on Sunday. The top ten from qualifying are locked in and the final 26 positions will be determined by the heat races and 50 lap last chance race.

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Caitlin Tinius

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