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Dillon Bassett Rallies Back at Rockingham Speedway

Dillon Bassett Rallies Back at Rockingham Speedway

by April 16, 2013 0 comments

DB - RockinghamApril 16, 2013 – Rockingham proves to be a challenge when it comes to changing track conditions, and when the handling on your racecar goes away, it happens in a hurry. After starting third for Saturday’s 75 lap UARA-STARS event, Dillon Bassett found himself fading fast with a tight racecar, but fought his way back for a top ten finish.

Friday practice was delayed by rain showers, but the schedule was reworked to accommodate both sessions.  Dillon Bassett was among the top five during the first practice session, although not content with the handling on his racecar. He ended final practice seventh on his original practice tires while many teams opted for a fresh set of Hoosiers.

Dillon Bassett, last November’s pole sitter, was the first to take the track in qualifying Saturday morning. He put down an impressive lap, 25.087, lining him up third behind pole sitter Clay Rogers and outside pole sitter Brodie Kostecki.

The UARA-STARS got underway for 75 laps of racing, and Dillon Bassett saw the handling go away very early, fighting to maintain control of his extremely tight racecar. Ten laps in he had slid to ninth and by lap 20 he was outside the top ten in 14th. It’s a frustrating feeling for any racecar driver to see himself slipping back as cars continue to surpass him, but Bassett kept fighting his racecar and took advantage of the first caution that flew at lap 26.

Bassett came down pit road to his #44 Bassett Racing team who made multiple changes to free up his racecar. He remained on the lead lap and restarted 19th on lap 32. With 25 to go Bassett had worked his way back to the 14th position with a better handling racecar, able to stay off the high side of the racetrack.

When the final caution waived with 20 to go Dillon Bassett was 14th. Following the restart at lap 60 he was able to advance two more positions to claim a tenth place finish, maintaining his fourth place points position going into Dillon Motor Speedway on May 18th.

“It wasn’t the run we were looking to have. A lot of guys battled tight racecars, and we happened to be one of them. This track is so different race to race, it’s hard to know what to expect but I’m glad my guys kept working hard. I’m looking forward to heading to Richmond next for my first appearance in the Denny Hamlin Showdown,” Dillon Bassett commented.

Bassett’s team had a long night Saturday as they unloaded from Rockingham and quickly got to work switching the car’s set up for Tuesday’s test session in preparation for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on April 25th. After long hours Sunday and Monday the team is prepared for Dillon Bassett to make his first laps at Richmond International Raceway.

Keep up with Dillon’s progress at Richmond on Twitter @Dillon_Bassett and @BassettRacing1. Check out www.DillonBassett44.com.

 

Caitlin Tinius

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