Is the basement/laundry area finished? I'm guessing not based on age of house and comments about an "easy run". I'm 95% sure all outlets in unfinished basements need to be GFCI protected. So you'll need a GFCI outlet (what I would do) or a GFCI breaker.
Yes, unfinished basement. The section of the code describing the washing machine circuit makes no mention of GFCI, but then again it makes no mention of basement either