Ronnie Bassett Jr. Puts Myrtle Beach in Rearview, Looks Ahead to Southern Nationalby Caitlin Tinius November 26, 2013 0 comments
November 26, 2013 – 17 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr. entered his No. 04 Rheem / Rex Younger Galleries Bassett Racing Ford into Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) last Wednesday to begin on track action for the annual Myrtle Beach 400 Sunday November 24th, but the multiple days of preparation were in vain as mechanical failure ended Bassett’s race early.
Although a disappointing finish, the results do not reflect the team’s efforts. Following Friday’s practice sessions, Ronnie Bassett Jr. was fifth on the speed charts with a well handling racecar. Saturday’s practice was washed out as consistent rain fell on the speedway Saturday morning, extending into the afternoon. After track drying concluded, qualifying got underway around 5 PM with a revised format.
Due to time constraints, qualifying was modified to European format with five cars taking the track for five minutes. Ronnie Bassett Jr. recorded a best time of 20.836, placing himself 12th on the charts among 61 cars attempting to make the 42 car field. His effort gave him the 18th starting position after the field was adjusted for ‘locked in’ starters, which is unique to the Myrtle Beach 400.
While riding 15th on lap 44 of the 200 lap feature Ronnie Bassett Jr. made the left turn down pit road with what the team believed to be transmission issues. Following closer inspection, the Bassett Racing team found a broken input shaft in the rear end.
“We had a really strong car all week. I was happy with our qualifying run and relieved to stay out of the last chance heat races,” Bassett said. “The car was strong at the start of the race, and I think we would have had something at the end. It never fails when our car is the best it’s been something happens.”
“We’ve got one more race this season, at Southern National this weekend. All we can do is look ahead and give it all we got,” Bassett continued. “I can’t thank everyone enough for all their help and support. I’m hoping to keep this team undefeated at SNMP and end the season right.”
In five starts at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) Ronnie Bassett Jr. has visited victory lane five times. Last September he visited the Lucama, North Carolina track for the first time, claiming four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories in one weekend with back to back twin races on Friday and Saturday evenings. In the 2013 UARA-STARS season opener Bassett continued his run by scoring his first of four wins this season.
For this weekend’s Thanksgiving All-Star Classic Ronnie Bassett Jr. will have a slightly different team dynamic. Seth Smith will stand in as crew chief as Chris Lawson had prior arrangements due to the holiday. Bassett and Smith have a long standing relationship as Smith was his car chief for multiple seasons before assuming the role of Dillon Bassett’s crew chief this season.
The No. 04 Bassett Racing team will have their Rheem / Rex Younger Galleries Ford ready to hit the 4/10 mile banked racetrack Friday for practice. Qualifying takes place Saturday at 5 PM with the 200 lap event scheduled to get underway Sunday December 1st at 3:30 PM.
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