Tim Russell did not repeat his winning performance from the 2009 Florida Governor's Cup at New Smyrna Speedway this past weekend, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.
Russell survived two spins, a rough race filled with beating and banging and a rigorous post-race technical inspection to end up with a second-place finish.
“It was pretty wild,” said Russell. “There in the beginning, we were battling for fifth or sixth and got chopped and down on the apron. I spun out and had to go to the rear. I got all the way back to 37th and had to come through and take my time. There were times where I was coming through the field at just half throttle. I was just trying not to run over anyone and miss the wrecks.
“We took our time and got to eighth on the halfway break. Then we got to third and finally up to second on that last restart. I got a good restart and then I got flat run over going into turn one. It would have been a good race if we had run a little bit cleaner there was no need for that. I'll just remember it for next time.”
Although Russell crossed the finish line in the fourth position, he was moved up to second place after two cars ahead of him did not pass technical inspection. Russell's car was judged legal and he ended the season with a runner-up result.
Russell wrapped up his second Triple Crown championship based on the New Smyrna finish. This is his second championship of the 2010 season, as Russell has already won the 2010 Hoosier Elite championship as well.
“I just want to thank everyone at Tempaco, Noritz Tankless Water Heaters, Insurance Office of America, ACS & F for all of their support this weekend. We didn't get the result that we wanted - back to back Governor's Cup victories, but we did have a good run. We were able to wrap up the Triple Crown tonight too. So it wasn't a bad season. I thank all of my guys for working hard and we'll just regroup for next year.”