Bassett Brothers Perform Sweep at Hickory Motor Speedway
Bassett Racing claimed both UARA events at Hickory Motor Speedway this season. Brothers Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett both took their victories in familiar Bassett form.
Both UARA-STARS events at Hickory Motor Speedway for the 2012 season belong to the duo of Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett under the Bassett Racing banner. Ronnie Jr., 16, won the season opener in March and younger brother Dillon, 15, raced to claim his first UARA victory in only eight starts this past Saturday. The Bassett brothers claimed their victories in similar fashion.
Both events featured a strong 28 car field and while Ronnie Jr. started on the outside pole in March, Dillon rolled off in the sixth position for Saturday’s race. Six appears to be the magic number for the brothers, as they both chose to ride in that position during their prospective races. The young drivers paced themselves and chose the right time to dial it up with less than 50 laps to go, picking off competitors one by one and finding themselves up front for the finish. Both events had a late race restart with less then 10 to go, but the outcome the same, Bassett Racing in victory lane.
This season Bassett Racing has already taken five of the seven checkered flags, however is only credited with three official wins. One thing is certain, the two car team is on top of their game and if you want to contend for a win in the UARA series, you can count on battling the 04 and 44 machines up front. There has been some controversy this season, but its time to give the Bassett Racing team the respect they deserve.
After making recommendations by the series and being harped on for body appearance, they proved to not have an advantage as their cars were among the best fitting templates in tech inspection at Newport and Hickory. While Ronnie Bassett Jr., with two official wins, is out of the 2012 UARA point battle, rookie of the year contender Dillon Bassett proves to be a threat to point leader Travis Swaim, who has yet to capture a win.