For Tim Russell, winning is nothing new. Each year, however, Russell is out to make himself a better racer by trying to raise the bar of success.
2011 was a dream season for Russell. He started the season with a World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championship at New Smyrna Speedway (FL). He then followed it up with a Pete Orr Memorial 100 win at New Smyrna and a Florida United Promoters Championship. In all, he won eight times on his way to his seventh Super Late Model title since the 2007 season.
In order to continue raising the bar for the 2012 season, a win would be the only way to start off the new season. That’s exactly what he got.
Russell went to victory lane again at New Smyrna as the winner of the season-opening Red-Eye 100.
“Tonight we just had to be patient and careful during the race,” said Russell of 100-lap race. “It’s real easy to burn your tires off here so you have to take your time. We knew qualifying third that we were in a good spot and they didn’t have a re-draw tonight, so we were in good shape.”
Russell started third in the 20-car field and stuck in the top five for the opening laps before really making a charge near halfway. In second at the time, Russell ran down leader Jeff Scofield and was looking for the lead before Travis Cope came in the picture to make it a three-car battle.
“I ran Scofield down pretty easily,” said Russell. “He’s a tough one to pass so I started to work the bottom (groove). As we got later in the race, the bottom was getting a little slicker. I could get a good run, but he could get off the corners. Travis got by me and I don’t know what happened from there because Scofield went around and the caution came out and Travis was leading.”
Scofield went to the rear for being the caution, leaving Cope as the leader and Russell in second. On the restart, Russell drove into turn one hard and cleared Cope for the top spot. From there, Russell pulled away for the win.
“I don’t know how good we could have been if we had gotten the lead before the yellow,” added Russell. “Cope was good on the long runs, but we were taking it easy trying to get the lead. My hat’s off to all my guys and my crew. Hopefully 2012 is full of wins like this one.”
Russell will have a month to prep the fleet of Super Late Models as the 2012 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing will be here in a short amount of time. Russell will have one more tune-up prior to that, as the Pete Orr Memorial / Orange Blossom Special will take place on February 11th at New Smyrna Speedway. Russell is the defending champion of the race and is looking for a second-straight win in 2012.
For more information on Tim Russell, contact Elgin Traylor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit his website, timrussellonline.com