2011 is becoming a dream season for Tim Russell. It's only July and Russell is fresh off his eighth win of the season and is looking to win yet another Late Model series championship in Florida. Win number-eight on the year came in his fourth triumph on the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series tour Saturday at Columbia Motorsports Park as Russell completed the season sweep of the Lake City, Florida, facility.
"We had an awesome racecar and it really was a big night for us," said Russell. "We don't point race, but Jeff (Scofield) had an off night and we think we'll have the points lead again so that's big picture for us. We just need to keep running well and win races."
For a while it was unclear if Russell had a winning piece as he didn't set fast time and had to start fifth. He quickly made it known that his car was built for the long haul. As the laps clicked off, Russell found himself looking for the lead.
"We got up to second right away after about only 12 laps," said Russell. "Wayne (Anderson) was leading and we were all over him for the lead. After he put a couple of blocks on us, we finally got by him on the outside and took the lead and dominated from there."
A few cautions plagued the race, but Russell was able to hold off Anderson on each subsequent restart, including a final one with only seven circuits to go.
"We were great on restarts," said Russell. "No problems whatsoever and we were able to cap off the night with a strong run to the checkered flag."
The victory marks the eighth win of the season for Russell and his All Cabling Security & Fire/Insurance Offices of America Chevrolet Super Late Model team. They have already captured The Speedweeks title and the Pete Orr Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) this season as the #36 team looks to best their season win record totals of 10 in 2005 and nine in 2010.
Russell’s next scheduled race comes with the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series event at Orlando SpeedWorld in Florida on August 12th.
For more information on Tim Russell check out his website at timrussellonline.com or contact Elgin Traylor at Elgin@51sports.net