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Dillon Bassett Claims Top Five in UARA Season Opener

Dillon Bassett Claims Top Five in UARA Season Opener

by March 12, 2013 0 comments
Dillon Bassett with new crew chief Seth Smith

Dillon Bassett with new crew chief Seth Smith

Reigning Rookie of the Year Dillon Bassett has been gearing up for his second full season on the UARA-STARS tour. The first stop was at Southern National Motorsports Park this past Saturday, and 15 year old Bassett put in a solid event, qualifying third and bringing his #44 Bassett Racing machine home fifth.

While the weekend ended well, the team had a rough start as Dillon Bassett got loose on his first lap of practice Friday morning, making contact with the outside turn two wall and damaging the right rear of his racecar. Bassett missed several hours of practice while his team was repairing the damage, but they were able to get it fixed in time to get back on track before the day ended.

During the two practice sessions Saturday morning Bassett’s team utilized all available time, making multiple adjustments to get the car handling well. Dillon Bassett impressed in qualifying with a lap of 15.407, giving him the third starting position, a great start to the season and an improvement over last season where his average starting position was 11th.

When the green flag dropped for the UARA-STARS season opener, Dillon Bassett took the second spot from Brodie Kostecki and remained there for more than half of the 150 lap event. With Travis Swaim leading the field, Bassett was trying to maintain a good pace while not burning the tires off his racecar.

The first and only caution waived at lap 104 and the field got back underway on lap 108. Dillon Bassett remained tucked to Swaim’s back bumper, but had his older brother Ronnie in his rearview mirror. At lap 115 Dillon lost the second position to his brother and several laps later slid back to fourth. Following the caution Bassett’s car tightened up, but Dillon Bassett was able to end the day with a fifth place finish after Garrett Campbell got by with a couple laps to go.

“My team was really hoping to stay green for the whole race, but unfortunately the caution came out and our car had gotten too tight. It was a great start to the season though, especially after they way our weekend started. I’ve got to thank my team for their hard work getting my car fixed,” Bassett said.

Not only was it a strong way to kick off the season, it was also a great first race for a new team. This year Bassett has a new crew chief, Seth Smith, to adjust to along with a new spotter, Paul Griffin. Thus far the team has clicked well and is hoping to use their strong start to build momentum for the rest of 2013.

Dillon Bassett has his sights set on the 2013 UARA-STARS Championship and the next stop on the tour is at Hickory Motor Speedway on March 23rd. Bassett earned his first career UARA-STARS victory at Hickory last June and is looking forward to hitting the Newton, NC track.

With the off week, the Bassett Racing team will head to Hickory to test in preparation for the upcoming race. Follow Dillon Bassett and Bassett Racing on Twitter @Dillon_Bassett and @BassettRacing1. Visit www.dillonbassett44.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BassettRacing0444.

Caitlin Tinius

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