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Dillon Bassett Stays Consistent with Top Five Finish at Hickory

Dillon Bassett Stays Consistent with Top Five Finish at Hickory

by March 26, 2013 0 comments

bw db hickory2March 26, 2013 – In points racing, consistency is essential. For 15 year old Dillon Bassett, consistent is how his 2013 UARA-STARS Championship endeavors have started. After his fifth place finish in the season opener two weeks ago, Bassett backed up his performance with another top five at Hickory Motor Speedway.

Bassett’s team worked diligently Saturday to get his #44 Ford handling well for race conditions, and by the time final practice was over Bassett sat fifth on the charts and told his team the car was the best it’s been. Track conditions changed slightly before qualifying with the sun coming out, and Dillon Bassett would be the second car to hit the track.

Taking the track early, in addition to the first Bassett Racing team car, was a slight disadvantage as Dillon’s team could not utilize information such as air pressure adjustments for their run. Bassett slowed from practice, posting a lap of 15.485 and placing him 16th amongst the 26 car field.

As history would dictate, Dillon Bassett wouldn’t stay in back of the field for long. An immediate caution waived on lap one, and already Bassett found himself up five positions in 11th. While the field in front of him was racing aggressively, Bassett maintained his track position until lap 56 when he broke into the top ten, taking the ninth spot several laps later.

At halfway Bassett told his team they had a great racecar, and he was reminded to be patient and they would steadily keep moving forward. Within 25 to go Dillon Bassett was in the top five. He and Travis Swaim battled side by side for multiple laps, ultimately making contact inside ten laps to go. When Bassett composed his car he made contact with Swaim’s left rear, cutting the defending champion’s tire. The caution waived one final time, setting the field up for a Green-White-Checkered finish.

During the final restart Dillon Bassett maintained his position, and brought his Bassett Racing Ford home to a fifth place finish. It was an action packed UARA event, slowed by 55 caution laps. With fewer late race cautions, Dillon Bassett was in the position to gain a couple more spots and potentially contend for the win.

“I was disappointed after qualifying, but to come from 16th to fifth isn’t something to complain about. I want to thank Seth (Smith) and my team for giving me a good car. We’ve been consistent, now it’s time for a little more,” Dillon Bassett commented. Although not the finish he hoped for at the track he earned his first career UARA victory, it was a strong points night and leaves Dillon Bassett fourth in the standings, 43 points behind the leader, Ronnie Bassett Jr.

Constantly compared to his older brother, Ronnie, Dillon Bassett remains focused on his season and sets comparisons aside while at the racetrack. Let’s not forget that while Ronnie Bassett Jr. is having tremendous success, it took him 24 attempts to earn his first UARA victory, compared to Dillon’s eight.

If Dillon Bassett and his #44 Bassett Racing team keep their momentum strong, he will visit victory lane again shortly. He and his team are ready to step it up a notch, and the next UARA event at Rockingham Speedway is just the place to do it. It is one of Bassett’s favorite tracks, and last season he earned his first career Sunoco Pole Award and a runner-up finish.

Follow @Dillon_Bassett and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter, and visit www.dillonbassett44.com for the latest news.

Caitlin Tinius

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