Ronnie Bassett Jr. Strives to Continue Win Streak & Become Youngest Martinsville Winner
16 year old Ronnie Bassett Jr. is currently on a winning streak with six victories. If he can continue his streak he will become the youngest winner of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 held at Martinsville Speedway.
It is just before midnight on Tuesday morning and the Bassett Racing team of Ronnie Bassett Jr., Seth Smith, Kris Bradley and Chris Lawson have just called it a night in their Martinsville preparations. This weekend Ronnie Bassett Jr. will make his first appearance in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
If the 16 year old can increase his win streak to seven wins, he will become the youngest winner of the prestigious NASCAR late model stock event. The Martinsville late model race that fans have become accustom to made its change to the fall format in 1995, coincidentally the same year Bassett was born. Jake Crum is currently the youngest event winner at 18 years by winning in 2009.
Heading into the event Bassett Jr. and his Bassett Racing team are on the heels of six consecutive victories. Their streak started at Hickory Motor Speedway by winning the 36th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial in their second NASCAR Whelen sanctioned event of the season after exiting their familiar UARA grounds.
Ronnie Bassett Jr. then set his sights on twin races at Southern National, which turned into a weekend of four races when the original twin 75’s got rained out. When Bassett Jr. returned he won both races Friday and went on to claim both twin races Saturday setting an unprecedented four victories in one weekend, all in his first appearance at SNMP.
Following their sweep at Southern National, the #04 Bassett Racing team rejoined the UARA-STARS touring series at Anderson Motor Speedway. After starting third for the event, Bassett Jr. went on to claim his sixth UARA checkered flag of the season, and his sixth consecutive victory. With eleven wins this season, Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s win statistics are greater than 50 percent.
With 85 cars in attendance at the Martinsville test session, Bassett neared the top of the charts but saw much room for improvement. Both driver and crew were quick to accept responsibility for their performance, both saying they were off their game. If prior statistics are any indication, the Bassett Racing team will likely figure out the set-up and get Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s #04 Bassett Gutters & More Chevrolet dialed in.
This year’s VA is for Racing Lovers 300 will certainly provide a great show for fans as qualifying has been done away with. All drivers must race their way into the event in one of four 25 lap heat races or in the 50 lap last chance race. The top eight drivers from each heat race in addition to the top ten from the last chance race will make up the 42 car field to take the green flag for the 150 lap main event.
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