After Speedweeks, Tim Russell Regrouping And Prepping For 2005 22-Year-Old Will Race Plenty Of Late Model, Super Late Model Shows In '05 LONGWOOD, FL (March 9, 2005) -- Seat time, seat time, seat time. That is the phrase burned into young ...
After Speedweeks, Tim Russell Regrouping And Prepping For 2005
22-Year-Old Will Race Plenty Of Late Model, Super Late Model Shows In '05
LONGWOOD, FL (March 9, 2005) -- Seat time, seat time, seat time. That is the phrase burned into young racers' minds from the time they start racing until the time they are veterans near the end of their careers. That phrase is uttered by crew chiefs, sponsors, mentors and even racing superstars interviewed on television each week. So most young racers know that seat time is one of the most vital aspects of their career.
22-year-old Tim Russell is no different. And with the late-2004 financial demise of the American Speed Association, Russell and his family-owned Russell Racing team were forced to take a step back in 2005 to get that all-important seat time.
"We've been working hard these last few weeks," said Russell, who raced in seven ASA National Tour events in 2004 before the series shut down during this past off season. "We are going to just try and get as much seat time as we can this year. We are going to run a bunch of Super and Limited Late Model races this year. With ASA shutting down, that really put us behind this year because we were focused on racing in ASA in 2005. We are doing this in hope that some sort of ASA comes back around next year."
A new series, ASL, based on ASA rules and utilizing ASA cars, will compete in the upper Midwest this coming season, but that is too far to travel for the Florida-based Russell Racing team. Instead, the team will focus on some of the bigger Super Late Model and Limited Late Model (two-barrel carburetors) races in Florida and the Southeast in 2005.
"We might go out of the state a little bit. I'm looking forward to racing that new track in Valdosta, Georgia. In reality, we are just planning to try and hit as many big races as we can during the year. The more we race, the better I can get."
Russell has already raced in a couple of events in 2005. He competed in the first three nights of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing (also known as Smyrna Speedweeks) at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in early February. On opening night, Russell took fifth in a field of 36 of the best Limited Late Models in the country. The following night, Russell finished third. However, during the third night of competition, Russell was swept up into a big accident along the frontstretch which nearly destroyed his car. The damage did force the team to withdraw from the remaining six nights of competition.
"It was a bad deal because we had a good car down there and it was getting better each night. The night that we wrecked, we were on the pole and we had a good shot at the victory. The accident pretty much destroyed the racecar and we had to pack it up and leave."
Since then, it has been nothing but hard work and determination to get their cars ready for the season.
"We got two new chassis in this week and we are hard at work putting those together. We've got a Super Late Model and a Limited Late Model that we are working on now. We are trying to get the Limited done as soon as we can."
In the meantime, Russell isn't being a stranger to the racetrack.
"My crew chief (Cam Gibson) helps out James Powell III in the Super Late Models down here around Florida, so I go and help them out and keep myself busy and learn anything I can in the meantime. James has been around these parts for a long time and he's won a lot of races, so I try to learn as much as I can off of him."