Dillon Bassett Enters UARA-STARS Season Finale with Points Commandby Caitlin Tinius October 22, 2013 0 comments
October 22, 2013 – Dillon Bassett heads into the UARA-STARS season finale at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) looking to become the youngest series champion at 16 years old. After his third place finish at Tri County Motor Speedway (NC) in the Fluidyne 150 presented by Ultra Cool Brake Fans, Bassett holds a 26 point lead going into the final event of 2013.
In his previous Tri County race history, Dillon Bassett had never qualified better than 18th and never finished outside the top five. Following a poor qualifying attempt Saturday where Bassett stated the car would not rotate, he started shotgun on the field and fell in line with this history at the famous Hudson, North Carolina racetrack.
Dillon Bassett exercised patience, and by the time the first caution displayed on lap 53 he was inside the top ten. Following the second yellow flag, Bassett got a good restart and put himself in the top five just past halfway. Inside 50 laps to go there would be three more cautions with the second displaying the red flag on lap 115.
Dillon Bassett restarted third with 27 laps remaining and battled Steven Wallace side by side for multiple laps. After clearing Wallace, Bassett set his sights on race leader Garrett Campbell who had built a significant lead. While running Campbell down up to one tenth a lap, the final caution displayed as Ronnie Bassett Jr. went for a spin off turn four.
Dillon Bassett restarted on the inside of Campbell for the GWC finish. While battling for top three real estate, Bassett and Travis Swaim made contact in the final corner getting Bassett sideways. He collected his car and crossed the finish line third, the sixth consecutive UARA-STARS podium finish for the No. 44 Rex Younger Galleries / Pig Oil / Butler Trailers Ford.
“I did everything I could those last two laps. I tried to take advantage of Garrett giving me the inside lane, just tried a little too hard and overdrove it,” commented Bassett. “We had a lot of reservations starting on the tail. But we stayed out of trouble and didn’t put a scratch on the car until the final two laps.”
For passing the most cars during the Fluidyne 150, Dillon Bassett was awarded Holley Performer of the Race for a seventh time this season. He has been in command of the UARA-STARS point lead since Caraway Speedway in July, where he kicked off his three race win streak. Heading into the final race of the season, Bassett is looking to return to victory lane.
“There is a lot at stake this weekend, but I have a lot of confidence in my team,” Dillon Bassett commented. “I’ve had strong runs at Anderson, I don’t qualify well there but we finish inside the top five. If we can do that this weekend, I think we can lock up the championship.”
Dillon Bassett will take on the UARA-STARS for the final time this season as racing gets underway Saturday at 7 PM. Follow @Dillon_Wayne44 and @BassettRacing1 on Twitter for track updates. Check out www.MotorSportsBroadcasting.com for race coverage.
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