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Ronnie Bassett Jr. Reevaluates Goals for Season Remainder

Ronnie Bassett Jr. Reevaluates Goals for Season Remainder

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July 31, 2013 – When the 2013 season opened the intentions for 17 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s race season did not include running the full UARA-STARS tour. After finding immediate success in winning the first two races of the season, Bassett and his No. 04 Bassett Racing team continued following the schedule and picked up their third win at Anderson Motor Speedway in June.

Entering this weekend’s event at Caraway Speedway, a home track located under 45 minutes from the Bassett Racing shop in Winston Salem, Ronnie Bassett Jr. was second in the point standings just two markers behind Garrett Campbell after falling from the top stop for the first time this season following his runner-up finish at Tri-County Motor Speedway.

The weekend started off strong for Ronnie Bassett Jr. as he topped the charts in practice on Saturday before rain postponed the event to Sunday afternoon. Again on Sunday Bassett posted the fastest lap in practice before taking the track to qualify. After a qualifying lap of 17.140, Ronnie Bassett Jr. started fourth for the 150 lap UARA-STARS event, his same qualifying effort last season on the Sophia, North Carolina racetrack.

Following the drop of the green flag Ronnie Bassett Jr. moved around pole sitter Travis Swaim for the third position on lap seven. The field saw the first yellow flag display just shy of 50 laps in. Back underway Bassett reeled in outside pole sitter Brodie Kostecki and took over the second position just past halfway on lap 78.

The next caution came on lap 103 and Ronnie Bassett Jr. lined up outside younger brother Dillon Bassett. On the restart Dillon missed a shift, giving Ronnie the jump entering turn one. Thinking he cleared the No. 44, Ronnie cut down across his brother’s nose, sending his No. 04 Rheem / Rex Younger Galleries Ford into the outside turn two wall and ending his day with a 16th place finish, his first DNF of the season. For his restart maneuver Ronnie Bassett Jr. was awarded the Pigwire Most Electrifying Move of the Race.

“I made a driver error today. I thought I was clear to come down on the restart and there just wasn’t enough room,” a dejected Ronnie Bassett Jr. said of the incident. “Fortunately Dillon didn’t have extensive damage and was able to get a win for Bassett Racing. We had a 1-2 run going, and I’m disappointed I ended it.”

Although under unfortunate circumstances, the No. 04 Bassett Racing team led by Chris Lawson have stepped back to evaluate what it is they want to accomplish this season. “Initially it was not our intention to have Ronnie run for the UARA championship. We wanted to run select events and focus on making the next step up into the NASCAR K&N series,” Lawson explained.

“We are pretty much out of the points chase after this weekend, and I’m okay with that because now we can regroup our efforts and put our energy into building our K&N program,” he continued. The UARA-STARS will return to Southern National Motorsports Park on August 10th for their second visit to the Kenly, North Carolina racetrack this season.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. collected the victory during the season opener in March continuing his undefeated streak on the 4/10 mile track after winning four races in one weekend last September. “These were two events I had highlighted on the schedule that I wanted to be a part of. We plan on being at Southern National, but after that our next goal is to make it to the K&N race in Greenville on September 2nd,” Bassett said.

Follow @Bassettjr_04 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for racing updates and like Bassett Racing on Facebook www.facebook.com/BassettRacing0444. 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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