Finishes Second, But Was Knocking on Winner’s Door
Tim Russell has already won three Florida United Promoters Late Models Series races in 2011, but he wanted the Clyde Hart Memorial victory more than any other.
Clyde Hart was the man who was responsible for building New Smyrna Speedway in 1964. Until he passed in 1998, Clyde helped operate the track that two generations of Russell’s competed on and won at. Tim’s Dad, David, was a campaigner at New Smyrna many times over.
Last Thursday was a race to honor the memory of the late Clyde Hart and Tim Russell did all he could to be the one in victory lane. He started fifth and climbed his way to the second spot near the conclusion of the 100-lap race. He hounded leader Wayne Anderson and tried both the top and bottom, but to no avail.
“We really needed long runs and we kept getting these short runs. It’s so tough to restart on the bottom (leader Anderson always chose the outside) because you would get freight-trained by everyone on the top and I’d have to fight my way back to second and then the caution would come out again,” said Russell, who finished second.
“We tried everything we had. I thought I had him (Anderson) faked out going down low going into one that one time, but then I rolled to the outside and he kinda squeezed me up a little bit. He did what he was supposed to do with two to go. I got into the marbles and had to lift or hit the fence. We can’t complain, we were right on the leader’s bumper. Hats off to my guys.”
Tim is a three-time winner of the Clyde Hart Memorial.
Tim Russell’s next race will be another FUPLMS race on Saturday, July 16th at Columbia Motorsports Park in Florida.