Late Restart Keeps Longwood, Florida Driver out of the Victory Lane
Fresh off a Speedweeks Championship at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, Tim Russell headed to Desoto Super Speedway (FL) for the first race of the new United Promoters Late Model Series. The night almost ended in victory lane, but Russell spun his tires on the final restart of the 100 lapper ending his night in the runner-up spot.
"It was frustrating to have it happen that way," said Russell. "We got to the lead on lap 18 and we were strong on every restart, but that last one killed us. Stuff happens. We still had a good car and I was pleased knowing that we were in the right spot all night."
Russell had to work his way up to the front after starting fifth in the highly competitive field of 25 Late Models. He led a solid chunk of the race before the final restart with four laps to go. Russell managed to get to the back bumper of race winner Anthony Campi, but he could do no more as the laps clicked off quickly.
"I almost got him at the end, but I broke loose trying to get to him for the spot. It was a good night and this new series is off to a good start. There are a few little things that we can work out, but it's good to have such a strong field to race against."
Russell has now gone 10 for 10 in 2011 with 10 top-five finishes. He has already showing signs that he will be a contender for the United Promoters Late Model Series championship. He will be back in action on Saturday, March 19th at Auburndale Speedway (FL) for the next UPLMS event.