Locals Steal the Show, Basset Jr. Visits Victory Lane

Anderson, S.C. (10/6/12) –The local drivers that suited up and raced with the UARA-STARS for the Goodyear 150 stole the show Saturday Night at Anderson Motor Speedway, but it was Ronnie Bassett Jr. who won the race. After taking a couple of races off, Bassett Jr. returned in winning form by saving his tires for the final restart of the race.

His third place starting position gave him a spot at the front, but it was his patience that got him the win. Local drivers Jeremy Burns and Ralph Carnes stayed in the front pack the entire night and finished 2-3. Carnes jumped out and led the majority of the race, awarding him the Tilton’s Most Laps Lead Award.  R.A. Brown, David Roberts, and Justin Hobgood also jumped out front and battled amongst the top five early in the race.

While those locals led the field, Dillon Bassett was making his way through the field. After almost spinning during his qualifying lap, Bassett started from the rear and gained the most positions during the race. For the second event in a row, he was awarded Holley Performer of the Race and Circle Wheel/Xtreme Trophies and More Rookie of the Race. Bassett wasn’t the only rookie with a good run. Brandon Jones who has been showing more and more muscle lately had a top five finish and worked his way from an 11th place starting position to 5th. Will Gallaher had taking some races off to get adjusted and focused on school.  Gallaher’s return saw him come home with a solid tenth place finish after gaining 9 spots during the race. (more…)

By |2012-10-08T15:31:20+00:00October 8th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on Locals Steal the Show, Basset Jr. Visits Victory Lane

UARA Championship Contenders Turn Up the Heat for Anderson

Hendersonville, NC (10/1/12) –With time running out for the 2012 racing season, UARA-STARS have turned up the heat for the final three event of the season. Having the top four championship contenders finish in the top four of the last event, things are getting tense as they travel to Anderson Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 6th.

Current Points leader, Travis Swaim, dominated the last event at Lonesome Pine. Not only did he win his seventh Sunoco Pole, but brought home his first UARA career win. His win came from patience, talent, and the determination not to give up. When he crossed that finish line, two determine Rookie drivers were right behind him in his rear view mirror, Dillon Bassett and Sean Rayhall.

Bassett’s flawless performance was a perfect reflection of his rookie season. He adds the pressure to Swaim by only being 93 points behind him in the points standings. Rayhall has really stepped up his game during the second half of the season. His two wins and consistent top finishes have placed him third in championship points.

During the last visit to Anderson, Scott Turlington won the pole along with his first UARA win. With his past success at Anderson, his 58 point gap behind Rayhall could tighten up. (more…)

By |2012-10-01T20:14:31+00:00October 1st, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on UARA Championship Contenders Turn Up the Heat for Anderson

Travis Swaim Celebrates in Victory Lane for the Courtesy Chevrolet Kingsport 150

Coeburn, VA (9/22/2012) –After winning seven Sunoco Poles, including Saturday night’s, Travis Swaim finally brought home a win for his Falcon Racing team during the Courtesy Chevrolet Kingsport 150 at Lonesome Pine Speedway and another Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race award for Charlie Long.

The win came from passing Rookie Sean Rayhall during the green-white-checkered. On the double file restart, Rayhall and Swaim were on the front row with Dillon Bassett and Scott Turlington inches behind. On the final lap, Bassett who was currently third, made a run for it on the back stretch and brought home a second place finish with Rayhall in third. Bassett earned the Extreme Trohpies & More/Circle Wheel Rookie of the Race award along with the Holley Performer award for gaining the most positions during the race. (more…)

By |2012-09-25T00:10:49+00:00September 25th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on Travis Swaim Celebrates in Victory Lane for the Courtesy Chevrolet Kingsport 150

RAYHALL DOMINATES AT KINGSPORT, DILLON BASSETT CAPTURES THE FLAG

KINGSPORT, TN (Sept. 17, 2012) — Sean Rayhall dominated every aspect of the UARA-STARS 150 event at Kingsport Speedway this past Friday night, but it was Dillon Bassett who captured the checkered flag after Rayhall’s late-race misfortune. Bassett was followed to the line by Lee Tissot, Jake Morris, Ben Rhodes and Rayhall.

Rayhall topped the charts all day long with the fastest times for practice sessions and would captured his first career Sunoco Pole at 15.259 followed by fellow rookie contender Devin Jones at 15.289. Devin Jones would drop to the back of the field due to having to work on his car after qualifying relenquishing the outside starting position to Kingsport regular Zeke Shell. .   Shell would take the early race lead for the first 20 laps. After riding behind Shell, Rayhall passed the No. 97 and never looked back for the majority of the event.

The biggest incident of the night occurred one third of the way through the 150 lap contest when Devin Jones, Lee Tissot and Scott Turlington all came together in turn three. Tissot was able to continue on the lead lap, while Turlington battled damage from the incident most of the evening and never was a factor. Jones day would finish 3 laps down to the leaders. (more…)

By |2012-09-18T01:32:41+00:00September 18th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on RAYHALL DOMINATES AT KINGSPORT, DILLON BASSETT CAPTURES THE FLAG

UARA-STARS Head Back for Round 2 at Kingsport Speedway

Hendersonville, NC (9/10/12) –With only five races left, UARA-STARS championship contenders will take full advantage of the 170th event at Kingsport Speedway, September 14th.

Travis Swaim and Dillon Bassett are neck-in-neck in the current points standings with Sean Rayhall, Scott Turlington and Jake Morris, Devin Jones, Roger Powell, Brandon Jones, Tyler Laing, and Ben Rhodes following to compose the top ten.   Swaim is looking to gain his first UARA victory at Kingsport.  Swaim has four Sunoco Pole awards to his credit and a consistent run in the top five for all but two events this season.

That elusive first win is something he is determined to attain, the sooner the better for Swaim.

Young Dillon Bassett is leading the Rookie standings but not without pressure from ten other rookie competitors. (more…)

By |2012-09-11T01:50:38+00:00September 11th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on UARA-STARS Head Back for Round 2 at Kingsport Speedway

UARA-STARS Prepare for September’s Double Header

Hendersonville, NC (9/2/12) – The UARA-STARS Kingsport event marks the 170th race of the UARA series.  There have been amazing drivers go thru and coming thru the ranks of the UARA and the competition level continues to grow at a staggering rate.

UARA has declared Lonesome Pine as one of the two TBA races on the schedule. This event is scheduled to take place September 22nd the week following the upcoming event at Kingsport Speedway on the September 14th.

With the double header coming up, drivers have to use strategy and budget their time wisely preparing for both events, on and off the track. The 2012 rookie drivers have had at least one race on theTennesseeasphalt track ofKingsport, but may not have had any experience on the exciting banks of Lonesome Pine inCoeburn,VA.While winning is a priority for all of the talented UARA-STARS, staying out of trouble is key for consistent finishes and guarantees a car for the following event.  (more…)

By |2012-09-03T16:16:37+00:00September 3rd, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on UARA-STARS Prepare for September’s Double Header

UARA-STARS Host Their 170th Event at Kingsport

Hendersonville, NC (8/20/12) –United Auto Racing Association will celebrate their 170th event at Kingsport Motor Speedway on Friday, September 14th.

In 2001 Kerry Bodenhamer along with now silent partners found a way to give back to the motorsport community. They established the United Auto Racing Association, Southern Touring Asphalt Racing Series, also known as the UARA-STARS. Bodenhamer decided to step out of the role as a competitor and major fabricator for late model stocks and become the backbone of the series.

Eleven years later, he serves as the President of the series while his wife, Wink, runs the Administration. Kerry’s son and sister also play a huge role in the series. Son A.J. is the Race Director and Ms. Kathy has double duty as pit booth sign in person and assistant score-keeper. The Bodenhamer family realized that racing is much more enjoyable when the whole family is involved and able to enjoy it. (more…)

By |2012-08-27T15:19:16+00:00August 27th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on UARA-STARS Host Their 170th Event at Kingsport

WALLACE DOMINATES, CAMPBELL WINS UARA-STARS 150 AT TRI-COUNTY

HUDSON, NC (Aug. 13, 2012) – Garrett Campbell took advantage of Steve Wallace’s late race misfortune to narrowly claim the win on Friday night over Ronnie Bassett, Jr., at Tri-County Motor Speedway in UARA-STARS competition. Sean Rayhall, Travis Swaim and Scott Turlington rounded out the top five.

Sunoco Polesitter Travis Swaim jumped out to the early lead over outside front row starter Josh Wright and set the early pace until an incident between Tim George, Jr., and Tyler Laing brought out the first caution of the night. Out of the event, Laing was awarded the ARBodies Hard Luck Award after mechanical issues in practice and his early exit from the race.

Soon after the restart, 2004 UARA Rookie of the Year Steve Wallace began marching towards the front of the field. By lap 50, he was out front and stretching his lead over new second place driver, Garrett Campbell. (more…)

By |2012-08-13T16:39:29+00:00August 13th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on WALLACE DOMINATES, CAMPBELL WINS UARA-STARS 150 AT TRI-COUNTY

UARA-STARS Give Fans a Jaw-Dropping Finish for City Chevrolet 150

Concord, NC (8-6-12) –The UARA-STARS delivered an action packed 150 lap race at Concord Speedway during the City Chevrolet event Saturday Night. While the checkered flag dropped for Garrett Campbell, Sean Rayhall and Dillon Bassett were battling for third but ended up driving vertically on the turn three wall with Bassett going through the outside fence. Bassett was awarded the Pigwire Electrifying Move of the Race Award for his part in this spectatular portion of the event. Both drivers climbed from their cars unharmed.

The City Chevrolet 150 had a total of 12 cautions with four blown motors and plenty of sheet metal ripped off. Garrett Campbell survived all the carnage and came to the finish line first claiming the checker.While most drivers were caught up in misfortune, Circle Wheel/Xtreme Trophies Rookie of the Race Brandon Jones had his best UARA race. The young driver qualified in the top five and raced hard with the other competitors to hold on to that position.  Jones advanced to the second place position during the green-white-checkered and managed to steer clear of the last lap incident. (more…)
By |2012-08-06T15:40:41+00:00August 6th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, Race Results, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on UARA-STARS Give Fans a Jaw-Dropping Finish for City Chevrolet 150

Cory Joyce Racing Gets Ready for Concord Speedway

Just past the halfway point in the UARA-STARS season, rookie of the year contender Cory Joyce will travel to Concord Speedway this weekend with the No. 20 Ultimate Turf Chevy team for the second of three races in as many weeks. Looking to bounce back from a blown tire last weekend, Joyce and his team made an engine swap this week back to a built motor to prepare for the City Chevrolet 150. Coupled with Joyce’s past racing experiences at the 1/2 mile oval, the Ultimate Turf Chevy team is prepped for a strong run and a finish to show for it on Saturday.

“It was really unfortunate to have a cut tire last week because we had our Ultimate Turf Chevy handling pretty well. But this week we made an engine swap back to a built motor, so I’m really excited for that. Hopefully the new motor will give us the power we need to get to the front,” Joyce explained. (more…)
By |2012-08-04T00:32:14+00:00August 4th, 2012|Featured, Front Page News, Racing News, UARA-STARS|Comments Off on Cory Joyce Racing Gets Ready for Concord Speedway