Russell Redeems Himself By Scoring Third Hart Memorial Win
In the days leading up to the Clyde Hart Memorial at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), Tim Russell said all he wanted to do was get back in victory lane as soon as possible. He hasn't raced much over the last two years, so he was really missing what it felt like to win. At the end of 100 laps Russell remembered what it felt like to win when he was celebrating in New Smyrna's victory lane.
Russell qualified second, but started seventh after the invert. He quickly made his way through the field as he moved into the top three by the quarter mark.
"The lanes opened up the right way in the race," Russell said. "I was able to get to the front and keep pressure on the leaders."
Russell took the lead two laps before halfway and never looked back as he cruised to his third win in the Clyde Hart Memorial.
But for Russell, this win meant more than others because he got a chance to redeem himself.
"I ran a race here about a month ago and made a mistake and it cost me the win," he said. "I tried to come out here and redeem myself."
Russell hasn't been racing much recently as he's focused a lot of time on his driver development business, but he's said that he's going to be doing a lot more racing for the rest of this year. If things go the way they did on Friday night, that should mean a lot more wins too.
"It feels good to be back in victory lane," Russell said. "I'm really happy to get back in victory lane with hopefully more to come."