Scott Bassinder couldn't have gotten off to a better start in the Formula Dodge Southern Race Series. He has four victories in four starts. But Bassinder faces a big obstacle as he tries to keep his perfect season alive this weekend at...
Scott Bassinder couldn't have gotten off to a better start in the Formula Dodge Southern Race Series. He has four victories in four starts.
But Bassinder faces a big obstacle as he tries to keep his perfect season alive this weekend at Sebring International Raceway. His name is Craig Duerson.
Duerson is second in the Southern Series standings, only eight points behind Bassinder. He also has three victories this season, including two in the opener at Sebring Nov. 6-7.
Bassinder led all 51 laps in his race group at Sebring in November. But this time around he'll face a different course. This weekend, Formula Dodge competitors will run on Sebring's Modified circuit, which encompasses the fast Turn 1 from the full 3.7-mile layout.
There will be other interesting contests in addition to the marquee match-up between Bassinder and Duerson in Group 1.
Matt Franc, who is fourth in points, will square off against Chris Baker in Group 2. Franc and Baker each won one race during the first visit to Sebring.
Group 3 is a three-way tussle between Rafael Sperafico, Chip Bryant and Charlie Plumb. Sperafico has been on the verge of victory all season with three second-place finishes. Bryant and Plumb also know what it's like to finish in the runner-up spot. In the last race weekend at Moroso Motorsports Park, Plumb barely missed out on his first victory when he finished .140 seconds behind Franc.
Jay Fuchs, Roland Isra, Roy Schmidt and Walter Riley are among the top Masters Division drivers competing this weekend. Fuchs, Isra and Schmidt are all in Group 1.
- Roy Hasty