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Dillon Bassett Finishes Fourth at Anderson, Earns UARA Holley Performer of Race

Dillon Bassett Finishes Fourth at Anderson, Earns UARA Holley Performer of Race

by June 18, 2013 0 comments

June 18, 2013 – 16 year old Dillon Bassett earned his fourth top five finish and second consecutive Holley Performer of the Race by advancing from the 15th starting position to finish fourth in the UARA-STARS event last Friday at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC).

Dillon Bassett’s No. 44 Bassett Racing Ford was strong in practice and Bassett felt comfortable in his race trim set up. In qualifying Bassett ended 15th on the charts, quickly realizing he had a lot of ground to gain to produce a result deserving of their racecar. “I just cannot seem to figure out qualifying. On larger tracks I qualify well, on short tracks I put too much pressure on myself and we always have to make up ground when the green flag drops,” Dillon Bassett commented.

The 21 car UARA-STARS field got underway and Dillon Bassett exercised patience, not wanting to force the issue too soon. Two early cautions waived, and by lap 25 Bassett was 12th, where he stayed until halfway before making his charge forward.

The yellow flag at lap 83 was critical as the leaders were within a straightaway from lapping Dillon Bassett. With the field bunched back up, Bassett restarted 11th but was unable to take advantage of his well handling racecar as two more cautions fell before lap 100, limiting lengthy green flag runs.

After a brief red flag with 50 laps to go, the field restarted on lap 109. With a couple laps of action packed racing, Bassett took advantage of the side by side racing to work himself into the top five by lap 118. The final caution displayed with 20 laps to go and Dillon Bassett was sitting fifth.

On the final restart with eight laps to go, Dillon Bassett passed Ben Rhodes for the fourth position. On the white flag lap leaders Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Travis Swaim tangled in turn one, causing Dillon Bassett to get into Garrett Campbell’s back bumper. Despite sustaining significant damage, Bassett maintained his on track position to bring his No. 44 Rex Younger Galleries / Butler Trailer Mfg Co / Pig Oil Ford home fourth. DB Anderson Damage

“That’s the second race in a row we’ve brought home a tore up front end, but at least it’s for fourth. I really need to get qualifying figured out so we can start contending for wins,” Dillon Bassett stated. “My team keeps giving me great cars and I want to thank Rex Younger, Butler Trailer and everyone else who makes it happen for us.”

By advancing eleven positions Dillon Bassett once again earned Holley Performer of the Race honors.  Despite his strong performance and finish, Bassett actually slid back one spot in the UARA-STARS point standings to fourth. With five events complete the points battle is tight, as the top four contenders claimed the top four positions at Anderson.

The next stop for the UARA-STARS is Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) and Dillon Bassett is eager to return. Bassett is the defending winner of the Banjo Matthews Memorial 150 where he earned his first career UARA-STARS victory last June. Bassett is looking to score his first victory of the season as the tour heads back to The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.

The UARA-STARS will be on track Friday for open practice, and return Saturday for two afternoon practice sessions before Sunoco pole qualifying gets underway at 5:00 PM. Racing will begin at 7:30 PM. If you can’t make it to Hickory Motor Speedway, tune into www.motorsportsbroadcasting.com for live coverage.

Follow @Dillon_Wayne44 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for track updates. For more information on Dillon Bassett, and media availability, visit www.DillonBassett44.com or contact bassettracing@yahoo.com.

Caitlin Tinius

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