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Ronnie Bassett Jr. Geared Up for NKNPSE North American Power

Ronnie Bassett Jr. Geared Up for NKNPSE North American Power

by September 17, 2013 0 comments

September 17, 2013 – After a disappointing showing in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville Pickens Speedway, 17 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr. is ready to rebound and will return to NKNPSE competition this weekend with his No. 04 Rheem / Butler Trailer / Bassett Gutters Camry for the North American Power 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

After completing just 34 laps in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140, Ronnie Bassett Jr. experienced engine failure and his hopes for a strong performance during his first NKNPSE event ended. “Unfortunately it’s part of the racing territory, but we were all pretty disappointed how our day ended,” Bassett said. “The up side to the day was we got the handling dialed in on our Toyota Camry and it gives us confidence in our ability to run well in the series.”

To move forward, the team spent little time dwelling on Greenville and immediately went to work on their No.04 Bassett Racing machine. Crew chief Chris Lawson commented, “We only had three weeks to prepare this car for Greenville, and there were a lot more changes and work I wanted to put into it; we just ran out of time. We’ve been using these past weeks to really put the effort into it I wanted, and we are looking forward to redeeming ourselves a bit at New Hampshire.”

While Ronnie Bassett Jr. has yet to see New Hampshire’s 1.058 mile flat configuration, Lawson has laps logged on the Loudon, New Hampshire racetrack in 2009 while running the NASCAR Camping World Truck event. “The track requires a lot of braking and center roll speed is extremely important. I’m excited to return with a different perspective, and I think the track is going to suit Ronnie well,” Lawson commented.

For Ronnie Bassett Jr., he is ready to tackle new challenges. “Running late models you don’t get to experience a lot of larger tracks, the majority of tracks we race are half mile and under. I’m looking forward to the variety of racetracks the NKNPSE tour runs,” Bassett said. “After Loudon we plan on being at Dover the following week. They are both mile tracks, but completely different configurations. Two new racetracks in a week’s time is going to be a really neat experience.”

The Bassett Racing team will make the long haul to New Hampshire from their Winston-Salem, North Carolina shop Wednesday. An hour and a half practice session is set for Friday morning with qualifying following at 2 PM. The North American Power 100 will get underway Saturday September 21st at 2 PM, and will be tape delayed on Fox Sports 1 airing October 4th at 11:30 AM.

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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