Dillon Bassett Masters Caraway
“I thought I drove my butt off at Tri-County, but Tri-County had nothing on this,” said the driver of the No. 44 Butler Trailer Manufacturing/PigCoil Ford. “I drove from lap one to 150 as hard as I could. I was falling out of the seat, but I wasn’t hoping for a caution to rest. I kept digging, I didn’t care how tired I was. It was all about heart from there.”
“He (Ronnie Jr.) came over here and told me good job, but we don’t come out here to tear each other’s racecars up. That’s not what it’s about, but if it was on the other hand, I would expect him to do the same thing,” continued winner Dillon Bassett. “That’s just racing, I don’t care if it’s Ronnie or if it’s Garrett (Campbell) or if it’s anybody else. Racing’s racing, and if you want to win that’s what you’ve got to do.”
Garrett Campbell extended his point lead slightly over second place with his runner-up finish in the event. His team car, Joey Mucciacciaro, finished behind him in third.
“We needed to cut a little better in the center. I got into the 33 (Jones) towards the end and knocked the toe out a little bit, too,” said Campbell, who also won the Fluidyne Cool Under Pressure Award, after the race. “I wish we could’ve raced [Dillon] a little harder, but it is what it is. It was a good race for Garrett Campbell Motorsports, Joey Mooch did a hell of a job in my other car and that was a good showing for someone who’s trying to start this driver development stuff out.”
Mucciacciaro was equally as pleased with his effort, enough to earn the Holley Performer of the Race Award for his 12-spot pickup after starting 15th.
“I knew saving tires was going to be big, so I tried to do that the best I could. My crew gave me the best car out here,” said the driver affectionately known as “Mooch” in post-race interviews. “They were all over this thing all week and I can’t thank them enough for that. I wasn’t too happy with my qualifying run, but I told them I’d make it up to them at the end and I think we did. I’m so thankful to be able to come out here and run as good as we did, and we’ll come back in two weeks at Southern National.”
With his win, Bassett picked up a large number of contingency awards including the Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race Award for Charlie Long, Driven Oil fastest lap of the race and the Tilton Most Laps Led Award for leading 148 of the 150 circuits. Garrett Jones was the Circle Wheels/Xtreme Trophies Rookie of the Race, the highest finishing first-year driver registered to compete for the year-long title.