Daytona: Tim Russell preview

Hagans Racing Gets Back to the Track with Tim Russell Daytona International Speedway First ARCA Challenge of Year for Team INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 7, 2007) -- Hagans Racing and Tim Russell have had a young, but successful history together. In...

Hagans Racing Gets Back to the Track with Tim Russell
Daytona International Speedway First ARCA Challenge of Year for Team

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 7, 2007) -- Hagans Racing and Tim Russell have had a young, but successful history together. In 2006, Hagans and Russell made two ARCA attempts together, coming at Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, posting a 15th-place finish and an eighth-place respectively. Now they are teaming back up to tackle Daytona for the ARCA 200 at the famous 2.5-mile tri-oval.

"I am really excited about going back to Daytona," said Russell. "I know that we have an awesome team with Hagans Racing. Bobby Blount is my crew chief, and the whole group is just awesome. They are a fun bunch to be around, and I know that we will have a very well-prepared car there."

Team owner Matt Hagans looks forward to having Tim once again join the team as they look to bring home another successful 2007 season.

"We feel that the car we are putting Tim in this year, he should have a lot of success in," said Hagans. "The car has a proven history of being a good car; I ran it last year and qualified it up front and finished up front. We feel that we have a real opportunity to do well. We certainly expect a top-five finish, and we are hopeful of a better finish than that."

Tim Russell is no stranger to Daytona. He ran there before and was running strong before 'the big one' happened in front of him, and he had nowhere to go. This year, he hopes to be running up front, where he doesn't have to worry about what is going on in front of him. All he plans on seeing is asphalt.

"Your first time at Daytona is already a learning process," added Hagans. "And now he has that under his belt from last year, so this year we are looking for some good things to happen with his experience out on the track. We really hope to be able to run good with Tim for Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters."

"Hopefully it will be one of the cars up front," added Russell. "I felt really good in the car when we tested it at Daytona back in December. Matt qualified that car fourth last year, and he finished third in the race, so I am looking forward to trying to duplicate that run and maybe do a little bit better."

-credit: hr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Matt Hagan , Tim Russell