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Ronnie Bassett Jr. Looking for First Lonesome Pine Raceway Victory

Ronnie Bassett Jr. Looking for First Lonesome Pine Raceway Victory

by May 29, 2013 0 comments

 RB Head ShotMay 29, 2013 – Ronnie Bassett Jr. is atop the UARA-STARS point standings as the tour heads into Coeburn, Virginia for Saturday’s 150 lap event at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Their scheduled fifth race of the season will become the fourth after the event on May 18th at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) was postponed due to rain.

Bassett and his No. 04 Bassett Racing team were anticipating a great race at Dillon Motor Speedway. After qualifying seventh Ronnie Bassett Jr. was eager for the green flag and commented that was the best car he’d had all season in race trim. Unfortunately Bassett will have to wait until the rain makeup date is announced to find out if he can back up his win from last season at Dillon Motor Speedway.

With Dillon in the rearview, Ronnie Bassett Jr. is looking ahead to Lonesome Pine Raceway. Last season he was not a part of the UARA event at LPR, instead he was on hand supporting younger brother Dillon Bassett. This weekend Ronnie Bassett is looking to record his best finish at a track with a history of success for him.

During his rookie season in 2010 Ronnie Bassett Jr. was the only rookie to earn a Sunoco Pole Award, and that pole award came at Lonesome Pine. With one pole this season at Hickory, Bassett hopes to earn his second this Saturday. In July 2011 Bassett earned his best career finish at LPR by finishing third after starting fifth.

His last trip to race at Lonesome Pine in September 2011 didn’t produce the results Bassett was looking for. “We finished seventh in my last race at Lonesome Pine, which was slightly disappointing after our third place run. We tested on Sunday and by the end of the day my car felt good in qualifying and race trim,” commented Ronnie Bassett Jr. “With any luck I hope to outperform my past efforts.”

This weekend’s venue is just one of three racetracks on the 2013 UARA-STARS circuit where 17 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr. has not visited victory lane. With two wins this season he rolls in with a 49 point advantage over Ben Rhodes and hopes for a strong performance to add to his lead.

The UARA-STARS will have open practice on Friday and additional practice sessions Saturday afternoon. Qualifying will get underway at 5:00 PM and the green flag dropping shortly after 7:00 PM. You can listen to live race coverage on www.motorsportsbroadcasting.com.

Follow @Bassettjr_04 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for weekend updates. Join the conversation by using #UARASTARS. For more information on Ronnie Bassett Jr. visit www.RonnieBassettJr04.com.

Caitlin Tinius

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