Tim Russell Ok After Spectacular Accident at Auburndale
Lapped Car's Return to the Field Wipes Out the Top Three
In racing, luck comes and goes with time. Already a multi-time winner in the United Promoters Late Model Series out of Florida, Russell was on his way to a perfect night at Auburndale Speedway (FL) when disaster struck, ending his night in the 21st spot with a wrecked race car.
After winning the pole in time trials and getting the lucky pill draw that put him on the point for the 100 lapper, Russell's luck was thin. Shortly before halfway Russell was the leader on a restart. When the green flag flew, he was in the clear for a lap. As he hit the backstretch, just as he got on the throttle full-song heading for turn three, he saw the flash of a car’s nose shoot down the race track from the pits right in front of him. Russell went hard left, but still made contact and wound up in the wall with the rest of the top three.
"I am glad everyone was ok because that could have been really bad," said Russell about the wreck. "We got airborne and it was a big mess. The official should not have let him back on the track. He said the tower told him to send him, but there needs to be common sense."
Russell was upset not only because his change for victory was gone, but also because the safety of all the drivers involved was compromised. Earlier in the race, another car was sent back on the track and he scraped alongside the fourth-place car. No one was taken out in that scuffle, but several laps later Russell got the worst end of it.
"The car is not completely destroyed," said Russell. "We will have to do some work to it, but we have some others to work with. We will get right back too it at Orlando this coming weekend."
Russell was the point leader coming into the event, but he'll have to rebound from the poor finish at Auburndale to keep his quest for the title alive. Friday, May 27th will find Russell at Orlando SpeedWorld for the first time this season.