After having won six races already in the 2011 season, it is hard to believe that a driver like Tim Russell would be worried about overcoming bad luck. In his most recent race at Auburndale Speedway (FL), Tim Russell was taken out in a nasty crash while leading. Saturday night, all Russell and his All Cabling Security & Fire/Insurance Offices of America Chevrolet Super Late Model team wanted was for a chance to win without any bad luck at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, FL.
Russell’s tough luck at Auburndale in his last race was quickly put in the rear-view mirror Saturday at Citrus County, however. Russell qualified third, then drew the #1 pill, putting him on the pole of the 100-lap United Promoters Late Model Series event and led all 100 laps en route to victory number-seven on the season.
“The luck changed for us drawing the ‘one’ pill," said Russell. "I don't normally worry about those things, but we needed a little something after the Auburndale heartbreak. The car was real good, but so was Herb Neumann. He was all over us for a while and I had to hold him off on a late-race restart."
The victory was the third win for Russell in the UPLMS and his second career win at Citrus County. Russell won there back in 2007 with the now-defunct Sunbelt Super Late Model Series.
"We are batting a perfect two-for-two now after this race at Citrus County," said Russell. "It's hard to believe that we have only been here twice, but each time the results have been good."
The victory will help Russell gain ground in UPLMS points as Jeff Scofield was seventh at Citrus County. Russell is trying to overcome the DNF at Auburndale, and with a one race drop, Russell and his team hope to be in prime shape for a championship run as long as they can continue to run up front.
"We were 51 points back coming into the night so the win helped us out a bunch,” said Russell. "We try not to look at that because we go to the track to win races and the points will take care of themselves. There are still too many races left to start worrying now."
The next few weeks will find the #36 team sitting at home working on the cars in preparation for the Clyde Hart Memorial race at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Thursday, June 30th. Russell is a two-time winner of the Clyde Hart Memorial and looks to win it for a third time.