Tim Russell Happy With Second-Place Finish at Orlando
Point Leader Finishes 100 Lap Race with Flat Tire
Race car drivers like Tim Russell hate to be beaten. After all, Russell is almost to double-digits in the win column for the 2011 season. But when a near disaster is avoided and adversity is overcome, even if he doesn’t end up in victory lane, Russell can find ways to smile.
A second-place finish in the first trip to Orlando SpeedWorld (FL) for the United Promoters Late Model Series was enough to have Russell pleased as he finished the race will a slow-leaking tire.
"I think we had the slow leak it right-front tire the whole race," said Russell. "When we came to the trailer after the race we checked it and there was only eight pounds of air in it. We also had to go to the back (of the field) after I got into Sean Bass on lap seven. It was 100-percent my fault and we spent the rest of the night dodging wrecks."
Russell's biggest challenger this season for the Championship has been Jeff Scofield, who took the win. With Russell coming all the way back from the tail to finish second it was enough to minimize the damage for the night.
"It was good to know we didn't give up the point lead," added Russell. "I know we could have challenged Scofield had we not gone to the tail, but to finish with a tire almost flat at the end is enough to make us happy we just finished."
Orlando SpeedWorld will be the setting for the next race on Tim's schedule when the United Promoters Series returns to action on Friday, September 2nd. It will be a doubleheader weekend with the next day's event for the series happening just up the street at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) on Saturday, September 3rd.