Bassett Breaks Through For First Win At New Smyrna

Bassett Breaks Through For First Win At New Smyrna

Drives Away With NASCAR K&N Pro East Opener

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2017) -- A year after coming up just short at New Smyrna Speedway, Ronnie Bassett Jr. walked away with the Jet Tools 150 Sunday night for his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory.

In his 40th career start, Bassett led the final 42 laps – the first laps he's led in the series – and out-distanced runner-up Zane Smith by 3.563 seconds to win.

Bassett started seventh and by Lap 108 had moved the No. 04 Bassett Gutters and More Ford to the front. He used a strong restart to pass his brother Dillon Bassett for the race lead.

"I was just watching the restarts," said Ronnie Bassett, "and I picked a spot in the two lines, and I went after it, and I guess my brother spun his tires a little bit."

Ronnie Bassett finished third at New Smyrna last season and is the only driver that was entered into Sunday's race that has competed in all four series visits to the Florida half-mile.

"We work extremely hard to make these race cars good every weekend," Ronnie Bassett said. "We've had some good runs. We've finished second, third, fourth and fifth, but we've just never been able to capture the deal, and tonight, I guess was our night and we were able to get it done."

Smith, making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series debut, was fastest overall in practice but had to start his No. 43 Diamondback Towing Toyota in the 25th position after his qualifying run was disallowed for an infraction. 

"The car was good," Smith said. "Still mad at myself for the qualifying deal, but I cannot thank everyone enough for all they did getting this thing on rails, and I really think if we were able to start up front, it'd be a different story."

Derek Kraus, Harrison Burton and Travis Cope rounded out the top five. Earlier in the day, Burton captured his second 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co.

Reid Wilson finished sixth, followed by Hunter Baize, Chase Purdy, Todd Gilliland and Spencer Davis.

Gilliland, the defending race winner, blew a tire on Lap 103 while leading. Davis, who qualified second, was penalized on the opening lap for jumping the race's initial start. Dillon Bassett led a race-high 79 laps but finished 24th after being involved in a late-race accident.

The Jet Tools 150 will air on NBCSN on Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m.

Up next on the schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at South Carolina's Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday, April 8.

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NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST-Jet Tools 150 Results


At New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Lap length: 0.48 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (7) Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, NC, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 62.443 mph.

2. (26) Zane Smith, Huntington Beach, Calif., Toyota, 150.

3. (6) Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis., Toyota, 150.

4. (1) Harrison Burton, Huntersville, N.C., Toyota, 150.

5. (18) Travis Cope, Weeki Wachee, Fla., Chevrolet, 150.

6. (10) Reid Wilson, Huntersville, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

7. (14) Hunter Baize, Bremen, Ky., Chevrolet, 150.

8. (11) Chase Purdy, Meridian, Miss., Toyota, 150.

9. (5) Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Toyota, 150.

10. (2) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Toyota, 150.

11. (16) Caleb Holman, Abingdon, Va., Chevrolet, 150.

12. (9) Chase Cabre, Tampa, Fla., Toyota, 150.

13. (13) Vinnie Miller, Metamora, Mich., Toyota, 150.

14. (20) Anthony Sergi, Oviedo, Fla., Toyota, 150.

15. (19) Trey Hutchens, Lexington, NC, Chevrolet, 150.

16. (25) Ruben Garcia Jr., Mexico City, Mexico, Toyota, 148.

17. (23) Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, CA, Chevrolet, 148.

18. (17) Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 146, engine.

19. (4) Sheldon Creed, Alpine, Calif., Toyota, 145.

20. (21) Amber Balcaen, Winnipeg, MB, Toyota, 144.

21. (24) Jesse Iwuji, Carrollton, TX, Chevrolet, 144.

22. (12) Collin Cabre, Tampa, FL, Toyota, 136, axle.

23. (8) Tyler Dippel, Wallkill, N.Y., Ford, 122, accident.

24. (3) Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, N.C., Ford, 121, accident.

25. (15) John Holleman, IV, Winston-Salem, N.C., Ford, 115, accident.

26. (22) Enrique Baca, Monterrey, Mexico, Chevrolet, 115, accident.

27. (27) Luis Rodriguez, Jr., Miami, Fla., Chevrolet, 97.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 9 minutes 11 seconds

Margin of Victory: 3.563 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: H.Burton (94.179 mph, 18.348 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 28 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: H. Burton 1-8; D. Bassett 9-80; T. Gilliland 81-101; D. Bassett 102-108; R. Bassett,Jr. 109-150.

Standings: 1. R. Bassett,Jr., 47; 2. Z. Smith, 42; 3. D. Kraus, 41; 4. H. Burton, 41; 5. T. Cope, 39; 6. R. Wilson, 38; 7. H. Baize, 37; 8. C. Purdy, 36; 9. T. Gilliland, 36; 10. S. Davis, 34.

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February 19, 2017 at 10:37PM

Selon des informations... 2e fois cette semaine une voiture quitte le circuit de Volusia et se retrouve de l'autre côté de la clôture. 3 spectateurs de blessés, un a été gravement blessé et transporté par hélicoptère à l'hôpital. BARBERVILLE, Fla. – At least one fan was injured and flown to a local hospital after Dale Blaney’s sprint car flipped out of the track at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday night. Blaney was involved in an incident with Rico Abreu and Jason Sides early in Sunday’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature at the half-mile oval. Blaney’s sprint car flipped over the catch fence at the exit of turn two and into an area where spectators gather to watch the race. At least one spectator was severely injured, which led to a medical helicopter landing on the backstretch to transport them to a local hospital. Blaney, Abreu and Sides all walked away from the incident and were not injured.

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Nouveau pilote en Mini Sportsman Qc


Nouveau pilote en Mini Sportsman Qc

La série Mini Sportsman Méchoui International accueillera pour la saison 2017 quelques nouveaux pilotes dont le #69 Vincent Rivard de Charlesbourg. 

Le jeune pilote de 9 ans a été initié au karting en 2015 ou il a terminé 13e sur 22, incluant enfants et adultes. C'est un passionné de moteurs ! 

Son père, Marco Rivard, étant un fervent passionné de course automobile et mécanicien de formation a initié Vincent très jeune à tout de ce qui était véhicule motorisé. Vincent chérissait un rêve; celui de devenir pilote. Ses parents ont donc décidé de l'aider à réaliser son rêve en faisant l'acquisition de l'ancienne voiture de WylliamPerron. 

Il ne prend pas à la légère sa venue dans la série Mini Sportsman Méchoui International.  Ayant pris le temps de lire le livre de règlements et de procédures de courses afin de sensibiliser Vincent aux règles de courses en plus d'écouter plusieurs vidéos de Mini Cup, il n'a aucun doute que notre nouveau pilote ne rêve que d'une chose; prendre enfin le volant de sa voiture Mini Sportsman. 

Déjà quelques partenaires ont confirmé leur support pour la saison 2017 dont Aviron Québec Collège Technique, Clinique dentaire Pellan & Lessard, Pièces d'Auto CRP (CMAX), Les chalets Alpins et Batteries Expert. 


Bienvenue parmi nous Vincent et bonne saison ! 


Marie-Claude Levasseur 


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Langley To Host NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series In 2017

Langley To Host NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series In 2017

Newly Re-opened Virginia Track Adds NASCAR K&N Pro East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2017) – Bill Mullis made the big news announcement Friday: He had purchased Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, and the historic track will re-open in 2017 to racing.


Sunday afternoon, Mullis continued the good news for racers and race fans. He announced the .4-mile oval will host the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season. In addition, the track will return to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with its weekly racing program.


"It's been a long process," said Mullis. "But I grew up racing at Langley and know the value of the track to the community, so it's been a very worthwhile process. Once we got the paperwork finalized for the sale, we worked very quickly with NASCAR to assure our fans and drivers that we remain committed to bringing NASCAR racing back to Hampton in a big way."


"Langley Speedway has been a longtime member of NASCAR and the facility lends itself to great racing – whether it's the Late Models on Saturday night, or the K&N Pro Series or Whelen Modified cars," said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president for weekly & touring series. "We've worked with Bill in the past and we welcome the opportunity to extend our partnership. The return of Langley is a win not only for their local community, but for NASCAR fans everywhere."


The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race at Langley on Saturday, May 13, while the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make its return on Saturday, Sept. 2.


This is the first year of the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, combining the northern-based tour with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour under one series. The former Whelen Southern Modified Tour made eight stops at Langley between 2010 and 2015, with Burt Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III scoring two wins apiece. Two of the last three races there featured a pass for the win in the final two laps.


Langley also proved to be an accurate predictor of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship, as all three race winners from 2013-15 went on to win the title, including current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Ben Rhodes (2014) and William Byron (2015).


The inaugural K&N pro East race at Langley in 2011 featured 2017 DAYTONA 500 entrants Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and Corey LaJoie. LaJoie won the 2012 race at Langley, which featured Elliott becoming the youngest pole winner in series history to that point.


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