Dillon Bassett Gets First UARA Win at Hickory
Dillon Bassett wins his first UARA-Stars race at Hickory on Saturday night.
Bassett, driver of the Roof Shampoo 44 machine had a strong car all night and was right where he wanted to be at the end of the race in “victory lane”. Bassett qualified 6th in the “Banjo Matthews 150” and road in 5th and 6th position until lap 110. Bassett only lead one lap of the race but it was the most important lap of the night.
Bassett’s crew chief Kenyon Davidson and car chief Kris Bradley made a few adjustments to the car during practice on Friday, Bassett said “that the car was tight through the center”, the crew freed the car up and worked on fighting handling issues throughout the day. By the end of practice on Friday both driver and crew chief had the car where they wanted it to start the race on Saturday.
Bassett was confident going into Saturday night’s race. Bassett knew that qualifying was important, but the most important things for him to do was save his tires and be up front at the end of the race. Bassett starting making his move to the front on lap 125 when he passed third place car Travis Swaim, he then made a late race pass for second on Jake Morris. The red flag was displayed on lap 142 which only left Bassett with four laps of racing to make the move on leader Ben Rhodes. Bassett started on the outside where he had been strong all night, he was able to get down on the bottom and get on the inside of Rhodes. Mercer who was running in third place when the green flag was dropped on lap 146 the three cars found themselves three wide batteling for the lead. Bassett got a run off turn four on Rhodes causing them to make contact in turn one. Bassett took the lead coming off turn four winning the “Banjo Matthews 150”.
Bassett Racing would like to thank all of our sponsors Roof Shampoo, G Force South, Performance Center, Kerry Lawerance, Exhaust, WP Shocks, and Butler Built Seats for all of their continued support throughout the season. Bassett is currently sitting second in the UARA-Stars points fourteen points behind leader Travis Swaim.