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NASCAR K&N Debut Marred by Engine Failure for Ronnie Bassett Jr.

NASCAR K&N Debut Marred by Engine Failure for Ronnie Bassett Jr.

by September 4, 2013 0 comments

September 4, 2013 – Endless hours of preparation for Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut ended in disappointment for the Bassett Racing team as they were unable to show their full hand in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway due to engine failure.

During the first of two forty-five minute practice sessions the crew tuned on Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s No. 04 Butler Trailer / Rheem Toyota Camry, working to find more forward drive and overall grip. In final practice Bassett was tenth on the speed charts reporting a better handling car, “I’m using half the wheel input I had earlier. It’s pretty good on old tires; I think it’s going to race pretty well.”

Ronnie Bassett Jr. put down a lap of 21.106 in qualifying, placing him 14th on the starting grid less than three tenths off the pole time of 20.810 set by eventual race winner Dylan Kwasniewski. “I’m happy with our qualifying effort; we expected to start mid pack with my first attempt qualifying a K&N car. It’s an adjustment when you progress into a different style car and it’s been a good learning curve,” Bassett said.

Bassett and his team, led by crew chief Chris Lawson, were eager to get the race underway as they felt their No. 04 Bassett Racing Camry was strong enough to move forward and get a solid finish. With previous NKNPSE events as indicators, the right strategy and conservation will make the difference, and knowing when to start making moves is critical.

When the green flag dropped for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 Ronnie Bassett Jr. dropped back to dictate his own race pace and conserve his equipment. Unfortunately on lap 34 Bassett radioed to the team they had engine troubles and immediately came down pit road. Upon inspection, the Bassett Racing team was dejected to learn the problem was internal in their new engine, and their day was finished.

“It’s pretty disappointing to come out here and only make 34 laps. I hate it for my team, they did their part in getting this car dialed in and I was just waiting until halfway to start moving,” Ronnie Basset Jr. said. “I really appreciate the work and dedication that has gone into this racecar, and Butler Trailer, Rheem, Rex Younger Galleries, Bassett Gutters & More for the support. Unfortunately this was just outside our control.”

The Bassett Racing team anticipates heading to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the North American Power 100 on September 21st if they are able to get their engine rebuilt in time. Follow @Bassettjr_04 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for racing 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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