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Ronnie Bassett Jr. Making NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut at Greenville-Pickens

Ronnie Bassett Jr. Making NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut at Greenville-Pickens

by August 29, 2013 0 comments

August 29, 2013 – 17 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr. will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) this Labor Day, September 2nd, in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 driving the No. 04 Rex Younger Galleries Bassett Racing Toyota Camry.

Since earning his first career late model stock car victory in July 2011, Ronnie Bassett Jr. has amassed 15 victories in his 34 starts. Bassett is ready and confident in his team’s ability to make the next progression up the racing ladder. The Bassett Racing team has been gearing up to make their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut for some time, but due to time constraints they have been unable to complete their new Hopkins Racing chassis that sits in their Winston-Salem race shop.

In order to stay on track and in preparation for next season’s plans, the Bassett Racing team purchased a previously raced competition ready Hopkins car just two weeks ago. After long hours and sleepless nights in the race shop, the team had their Toyota Camry ready to hit the racetrack for testing last Saturday at Greenville-Pickens.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. hit the half mile asphalt oval to shake down his NASCAR K&N car for the first time and it took a couple laps to acclimate himself to the car. “The biggest difference between my late model and the K&N car is the weight and the brakes. These cars are heavier and it takes more to slow them down,” Bassett commented. “It took us a few runs to start getting the car dialed in and we have a few mechanical things to get sorted out this week, but I feel pretty good with the set up we ended the day on.”

Monday’s race will not be the first time Ronnie Bassett Jr. has raced on the flat half mile Easley, South Carolina racetrack. His most recent start came in 2011 where he finished runner-up to Garrett Campbell in the UARA-STARS event. With three UARA wins this season Ronnie Bassett Jr. is looking to carry momentum for a successful NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut.

“Obviously we want to win every race we enter, but we are entering a new ballpark and it is a transition. Our goal for the race is to keep all four fenders on the car, be competitive and strive for a top five run,” Bassett said. “There has been a lot of dedication and hours put into this deal, so to walk away with a podium finish or potentially a win would be pretty remarkable.”

Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s last race was a month ago at Caraway Speedway where he finished 16th after an incident while battling brother and teammate Dillon Bassett for the lead. The two most recent UARA-STARS events at Southern National Motorsports Park and Anderson Motor Speedway, both where Bassett Jr. is the defending race winner, will be rescheduled due to rain.

The Bassett Racing team will join the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitors Monday at Greenville-Pickens for practice, qualifying and 140 laps of racing set to get underway at 6 PM. Follow @Bassettjr_04 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for track 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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