Tim Russell is Ready to Defend His Governor's Cup Crown
Momentum From Hoosier Elite Championship Helps Heading Into NSS
In 2009, Tim Russell won the prestigious Governor's Cup at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). This Saturday night, he will be looking to defend that title in the 45th annual version of the race. Now that Russell has tasted victory in the event, he is even hungrier to win it again.
“It was pretty cool last year to become only the second second-generation driver to win the Governor's Cup,” said Russell. “We want to go back and do it again. We're coming off a win at New Smyrna in our last race there and we've had a few successful tests there since. Everyone is working hard and we should have a good car for this year's race.”
This year, the entry list for the Governor's Cup has swelled to include drivers from as far away as Texas and Wisconsin. Russell isn't worried about the added competition though, he's just proud to see the race getting bigger and bigger.
“The more cars that come, the better,” said Russell. “We know who we need to compete against and we've made a gameplan for that, so we just need to stick to that. If we do our jobs as a team, we should be capable of winning.”
Russell has plenty of momentum on his side for this year's Governor's Cup. He has scored nine victories so far in 2010 and finished third at DeSoto Speedway last weekend to lock up the 2010 Hoosier Elite championship.
“Momentum always helps out and we've had a really good season,” said Russell. “To have nine wins and to be going for more is great. These guys have worked really hard this year to make that happen and I appreciate it. Hopefully, we can win again in the Governor's Cup.”
The Governor's Cup takes place at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday, November 20th.