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Dillon Bassett Finishes Sixth in Bobby Isaac Memorial

Dillon Bassett Finishes Sixth in Bobby Isaac Memorial

by September 3, 2013 0 comments

September 3, 2013 – With the UARA-STARS on hiatus for nearly two months due to weather postponements, point leader and most recent event winner 16 year old Dillon Bassett took his No. 44 Rex Younger Galleries / Pig Oil Ford to Hickory Motor Speedway for the 37th Annual Paramount Auto Group Bobby Isaac Memorial on August 31st.

The weekend started off with a four hour ‘Test & Tune’ session Friday evening where the Bassett Racing team had Dillon Bassett’s Ford dialed in and their driver told them ‘this is the best car I’ve had at Hickory,’ impressing the team as Bassett’s first career late model stock car win came at Hickory last June in the UARA-STARS Banjo Matthews Memorial.

Saturday afternoon the team fought to find the same handling due to changing track conditions and hot temperatures, but by the end of final practice they had Dillon Bassett’s car back where they left off the prior evening. Unfortunately, qualifying has been an Achilles heel for Dillon Bassett and again he struggled during his two lap run and posted a disappointing lap of 15.984, placing him 31st on the starting grid.

The strong field of NASCAR Whelen competitors took the green flag for 150 laps of racing and Dillon Bassett wasted no time moving forward. The first caution waived on lap three and Bassett already advanced four positions. The next yellow flag displayed just shy of 50 laps in and Bassett was 17th reporting ‘we’ve got a really good car tonight, I’m running just enough to conserve tires for the end.’

It was a caution filled event and starting at the rear was costly to the No. 44 team as they collected a flat  right front tire during an incident off turn four bringing the yellow flag  at lap 64. Fortunately, Bassett’s team was able to get his tire changed and sent him back on track without losing a lap before the field restarted on lap 70.

Coming from the tail again, Dillon Bassett was on a mission to regain lost positions making it three wide multiple times. The next incident occurred just in front of Bassett and while trying to slow down he climbed the side of Justin Carroll’s No. 57 but sustained minor damage, continuing on to restart 15th on lap 79.

With 50 laps to go Dillon Bassett had put himself inside the top ten. Five more caution periods fell within the final 50 circuits, limiting green flag runs but Bassett was able to battle his way forward bringing home a sixth place finish in his second NASCAR Whelen start of the season, advancing 25 positions.

“We had a phenomenal car. That’s one of the best cars my team has given me, and I have to thank Seth (Smith, crew chief) for that,” Dillon Bassett said. “I dropped the ball big time in qualifying and even starting 31st we had a car capable of winning. I think we could have pulled it off until late in the race when I had contact with the No. 43 and it tightened the car up enough to stop our progression. We have some damage to the car, but all in all it was a good race for us.”

Dillon Bassett’s next race will be at Kingsport Speedway with the UARA-STARS on September 14th where he is the defending race winner, having won the event on the same date last year. Follow @Dillon_Wayne44 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for the latest racing 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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