Late Race Spin Leaves Russell Right Where He Started Governor's Cup
Russell Starts and Finishes Eighth in Gov Cup at New Smyrna Speedway
With what he felt like was a definite top-three car all night, Tim Russell held his own inside the top-ten throughout the duration of the 200-lap Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday night. That is, before contact from another racer took him out of contention just moments before the checkered flag flew.
“It just sucks; we had a good run going,” said Russell, the 2009 winner of the Governor’s Cup. “It was definitely a top-three car and we might have had a chance at the win with that last restart because you never know what’s going to happen on the double-file restarts. I just went down in there on a normal restart and got hooked in the left rear and turned around. It sucks, everybody on the team worked hard all weekend and we deserved a better finish than what we got.”
With a break at lap 100, Russell was pacing himself to the halfway point before making his charge to the lead. Unfortunately, that wasn’t in everyone else’s plans.
“I just was trying to be too cautious,” said Russell. “You know everybody was being aggressive, really aggressive, especially in the beginning. I just had to get up on the wheel harder at about lap 80 and start making moves. At the break I wanted to be in the top-five and we were third so we were sitting in a good spot. I don’t know if we would have had anything for the #4 car (Jones, winner); they were hooked up pretty good all night so we’ll just regroup and try to get better.”
For Russell the 46th Annual Governor’s Cup capped off a 2011 season that included some truly impressive stats.
“It was a good year,” said Russell. “We had eight wins, not as many as we wanted to get, but we wrapped up the Florida United Promoters Series championship and won Speedweeks so we checked some more stuff off the list.”
Stay tuned to www.TimRussellOnline.com for news on where to find Russell and his #36 team in 2012.