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Bassett Brothers Battle for Hickory Supremacy

Bassett Brothers Battle for Hickory Supremacy

by March 19, 2013 0 comments

3.19.13 BR PhotoRound one of UARA-STARS competition is complete, and the next stop will take place this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway. Last season both Hickory events belonged to Bassett Racing, with Ronnie Bassett Jr. winning the season opener and Dillon Bassett taking home his first UARA trophy last June.

As the tour gets ready to invade the Newton, NC track again this weekend, there is an element of sibling rivalry to see which Bassett can claim supremacy on the .363 mile oval. For Ronnie and Dillon Bassett, this is nothing new as they have been battling it out since their early days of Bandolero racing.

Often times they competed in different divisions while moving up the racing ranks, but when the time came for the brothers to both compete in the UARA-STARS tour it was no question for Ronnie Bassett Sr. He knew he would be doing neither driver a favor by keeping them from competing against one another, instead he is thankful to have both his sons battling for wins.

While issues could arise quickly from this competitive landscape, for Ronnie and Dillon it is all in the nature of friendly, or brotherly, competition. On track they are just another competitor. Off track, they are each other’s biggest supporter at the end of the day, no matter the outcome.  

Last March at Hickory marked the second UARA start for 15 year old Dillon Bassett, and while he was still acclimating himself, he turned in a solid sixth place finish as Ronnie Bassett Jr. took the checkered flag. When he returned in June Dillon seemed to have Hickory figured out as he earned his first UARA career victory, and it was older brother Ronnie (who did not compete in the event) awaiting him when he pulled into the UARA-STARS winner circle for the first time.

Dillon Bassett also went on to win at Kingsport last September on the same night Ronnie was winning at Southern National Motorsports Park. While each of his wins were hard fought and well deserved, the younger Bassett is itching at the chance to defeat his brother. Following the UARA season opener two weeks ago where Ronnie Bassett Jr. won, Dillon commented that before his brother moves up the ranks to the NASCAR K&N Series, he wants to beat him. 

For 17 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr. this weekend’s event is about continuing his winning ways at Hickory, no matter who he has to defeat. In a streak started with his 2011 Dwight Huffman Memorial victory, Ronnie continued by winning the 2012 UARA season opener and also overtaking the Hickory regulars to win the 36th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial last September.

There is always the competitive edge driving each of them, pushing Ronnie and Dillon Bassett to want more. Most importantly, they respect each other. They know it’s an accomplishment in itself to be able to say they beat their brother. This weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway, only one driver can walk away with the trophy and each Bassett hopes to find himself in victory lane.

The Bassett Racing Fords were on track last Friday testing, and both drivers are confident with their racecar going into this weekend. The ultimate goal, a 1-2 finish for Bassett Racing. It happened once before, coincidentally in the second UARA event last season, with Ronnie Bassett Jr. edging Dillon Bassett at Dillon Motor Speedway. If Dillon has anything to say about it, the results will be reversed. These two brothers will battle it out at Hickory with the rest of the UARA-STARS this Saturday when the green flag drops at 7 PM.

Follow @Bassettjr_04 and @Dillon_Bassett on Twitter as they prepare to enter one of their favorite tracks this weekend. For track updates, also follow @BassettRacing1. Visit www.RonnieBassettJr04.com and www.DillonBassett44.com.

Caitlin Tinius

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