Saturday, Auburndale (Fla.) Speedway belonged to one of its own as Florida native Tim Russell dominated the quarter-mile oval to win the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series’ event.
Russell knew his No. 36 machine was fast after Saturday’s practice session and it held onto the speed throughout the day and night.
“Saturday, we put on a new set of tires and ran a 13.4-second lap in practice,” said Russell. “Then we went out there and qualified second with a 13.480-second lap and the pole was a 13.420. We missed a little on the second lap, but the car was dominant in the race.”
Luck was on Russell’s side as the top eight qualifiers redrew for their starting spots before the feature. Russell pulled the #2 pill, securing the outside pole for the event.
“We were very fortunate of that and we started second,” said Russell. “We took the lead around lap 38 or 40, driving around (Jeff) Scofield.”
From then on, it was smooth sailing.
“Any time we got in the lead, we could pull to a 10 to 12 car-lengths lead. Our cars have been fast every race, now the results are just starting to show.”
Coming out of the second FL United Promoters Late Model Series race, Russell gained the point lead and momentum for the rest of the 12-race season.
“We’ve definitely got momentum, now we’ve just got to keep it going. We’ve had good races all year and we haven’t finished outside the top five yet. We’re going to try and keep that going and knock out some more wins.”
Next weekend Russell and team will make the trip back to New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway for the make-up Pete Orr Memorial before heading to Columbia Motorsports Park April 2.