Another Race, Another Podium Finish for Russell at New Smyrna
Tim Russell has scored podium finish after podium finish at Florida's New Smyrna Speedway this year, and he did that again on Saturday night by finishing second in the 100-lap season finale for the Pro Late Model division.
Russell started ninth and methodically worked his way forward passing cars when he could, but also letting them fall by the wayside as attrition took hold of the event.
"We probably had a fourth-place car tonight but through attrition we got a second-place result out of it," he said. "She's in one piece so we can build from it and learn from it and go on to the next one."
In the closing laps of the race it appeared that Russell would assuredly be able to get by the leader. Russell was all over the back of the leader for quite a few laps, but ultimately he faded back a few car lengths at the checkered flag.
Russell blamed a possible deflating tire for why he lost ground to the leader in the closing laps of the race.
"I was digging, man," said Russell. "I don't know what happened but we picked up a vibration in the right front with seven to go. I don't know if we had a tire going down but it just wouldn't turn. My hat's off to him. He drove a great race."
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