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Ronnie Bassett Jr. Earns Anderson Redemption, Scores Third UARA Win of Season

Ronnie Bassett Jr. Earns Anderson Redemption, Scores Third UARA Win of Season

by June 17, 2013 0 comments

June 17, 2013 – 17 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr. knows there is one crucial lap in racing, the final lap. You don’t have to have the most dominant car, but you have to be around at the end of the race. Friday evening as the UARA-STARS completed their first stop at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC), the 21 car field put on an action packed show for the fans and Ronnie Bassett Jr. made the critical pass exiting turn four coming to the white flag to claim his third victory of the season.

With a strong car all day in practice, Ronnie Bassett Jr. backed it up by qualifying third behind Travis Swaim and Garrett Jones. “I never worry too much about where we start the race; I usually like to be around sixth, so I’ll take third. We’ve had great cars in the past here at Anderson, and so far this car measures up,” Bassett commented after qualifying. “I’m looking forward to getting the race underway.”

The first half of the 150 lap event brought two caution periods and by halfway Ronnie Bassett Jr. settled into the seventh position. Leading the field Travis Swaim, Brodie Kostecki and Garrrett Jones had checked out to a substantial lead, but the yellow flag at lap 83 bunched the field back up. Ronnie Bassett Jr. took advantage of great restarts to work his way into the fourth position when the caution fell on lap 100, bringing the red flag with 50 laps remaining.

The UARA-STARS restarted on lap 109 and had several laps of close calls and door to door racing with the top ten battling for track position. When they sorted out Ronnie Bassett Jr. was third and set his sights on Garrett Campbell for second. Bassett made a pass to the inside, but when the final caution flew with 20 to go, Campbell had retaken the position.

With one last restart and eight laps of racing remaining, Ronnie Bassett Jr. knew it would be a battle to the finish. Bassett cleared Campbell for second with four laps to go and had one final challenge ahead, Travis Swaim who had led from the drop of the green flag. Entering turn three Bassett got a great run and dove to Swaim’s inside, taking the lead coming to the white flag.

Travis Swaim made one final attempt entering turn one, pinching Bassett’s No. 04 Ford down on the apron. Both cars were sideways, facing the inside retaining wall, but gained composure exiting turn two. Coming to the checkered flag Ronnie Bassett Jr. had a five car advantage over second place Travis Swaim, earning his third win at The Action Track of the Carolinas.

“He left the inside lane open, and I took advantage coming to the white flag. We made a little contact, and I don’t blame him for making one last attempt on the final lap. I’m really proud of my team, and want to thank Rheem, RexYoungerArtGalleries and Butler Trailer for their support,” Bassett said.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. only led the final two circuits en route to his third UARA-STARS win of the season. The points battle heats up heading into Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) this weekend with the top four in the standings finishing in the top four at Anderson. Ronnie Bassett Jr. extended his lead to 26 points over Garrett Campbell, Travis Swaim, Dillon Bassett and Ben Rhodes.

The Banjo Matthews Memorial 150 will take place this Saturday as the UARA-STARS make their second and final stop in Hickory this season. In March Ronnie Bassett Jr. claimed the Sunoco Pole and earned his second win of the season. He will strive for five this Saturday evening as he attempts to score five consecutive victories at The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. Since his victory in the Dwight Huffman Memorial in 2011, Ronnie Bassett Jr. has won in every attempt at Hickory.

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

Follow @Bassettjr_04 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for track updates. For more information on Ronnie Bassett Jr., and media availability, visit www.RonnieBassettJr04.com or contact bassettracing@yahoo.com.

Caitlin Tinius

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