Russell Ready to Get Back in the Seat After Speedweeks

The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) is over, and now Tim Russell is getting ready for his own racing season. Russell’s white No. 36 Pro Late Model ran every night during Speedweeks with dirt racing stand-out Kevin Thomas Jr. behind the wheel.

Thomas scored two top-10 finishes throughout the week of racing, but Russell said results weren’t what they were necessarily going for. The on-track action for Thomas was instead meant for the young driver as much experience as possible on asphalt.

“I think he learned a lot and it helped his transition to asphalt,” said Russell. “He didn’t have much experience on asphalt before Speedweeks and the ARCA race at Daytona. I wish we’d have had a couple better runs, but that’s okay.”

Speedweeks was the only time Thomas will be in the car for Russell this year as Russell will strap back into his own equipment for the rest of the season.

“I’m not sure what the race schedule looks like, but the end of March is what we’re shooting for,” he said. “I’m excited. Especially after the year we had last year. We had a good car and won a few races so I’m excited to get back after it.”

For many race car drivers, watching someone else drive their race car is always a bit of a weird experience. Russell has been through it many times with many different drivers, so he said watching his car isn’t too bad but it can be more nerve-wracking.

“When they win I win,” he said. “We win as a team, so the excitement is still there. If anything it’s a little more nerve-wracking watching them out there. As a driver I can think about what I can control but when I’m not in the car I can’t control any of it so it’s a little more nerve-wracking.”

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