Tim Russell Wants To Put The "Win" In The Windy City 23-Year-Old Ready for ARCA RE/MAX Series Event at Chicagoland Speedway LONGWOOD, FL (September 5, 2006) -- When a team is doing well, all they can hope is to keep that momentum going for as...
Tim Russell Wants To Put The "Win" In The Windy City
23-Year-Old Ready for ARCA RE/MAX Series Event at Chicagoland Speedway
LONGWOOD, FL (September 5, 2006) -- When a team is doing well, all they can hope is to keep that momentum going for as long as possible. And momentum is on the side of Tim Russell and Hagans Racing heading into this weekend's ARCA RE/MAX Series race, the SK Hand Tools 200, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.
The last time that the #9 Hagans Racing team was on the track, they walked away with their first ARCA win of the 2006 season, coming with driver Phil Bozell at the Milwaukee Mile. That win for the team, along with a fourth-place finish at New Smyrna Speedway for Tim Russell behind the wheel of his Super Late Model this past weekend, has everyone on the team excited.
Russell hopes that the momentum from the team, along with his own recent strong runs, will carry on to this week at Chicagoland.
"I am very excited to go up to Chicago this weekend and the team is really pumped because they are coming off that big win at Milwaukee," said Russell. "It boosted everyone's moral and I am really excited, so hopefully we will be able to pull off two-in-a-row for the entire Hagans Racing team. Phil (Bozell) works on the car during the week, so it is pretty cool that he will be there this weekend with the rest of the guys. Hopefully, we can pull off two-in-a-row."
While Russell has never raced at the 1.5-mile track, he raced at a track similar in style when he competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Kansas Speedway earlier this year. To be even better prepared for this weekend's event, Russell and the Hagans Racing team headed to Chicagoland for an open so that they could be fully prepared for what they hope will be the team's second win.
"The test went really good. I think we ended up sixth fastest overall and we never did a mock-qualifying run, so there is a ton left in the car. We just have to go up there and run a good race and do everything that we know how to do and hopefully we will come out on top."
The #9 Hagans Racing machine will be decked out in the familiar red Rinnai paint scheme this weekend, a long-standing supporter of Russell's racing career. In Tim's first appearance in the #9 Rinnai / Hagan's Racing Dodge earlier this year, the 23-year-old Florida native ran strong and managed a 15th-place finish despite some mechanical problems.
"We were working on a lot of different stuff with the car, and we made quite a few changes. I think that we will have a solid top-five car and hopefully be a contender for the win this weekend at Chicagoland."
With one race under their belt as a team, Tim knows that teamwork is important and with the great chemistry that the Hagans Racing team has, that is one thing that Russell hopes will be an advantage as they work toward getting their next win.
"Bobby (Blount) and all of the guys at the Hagans Racing shop are just awesome," added Russell. "I get along with them all really well and hopefully we will be able to be working together a lot more. We all get along really great, and we just have a blast when we are all together. Everybody clicks really well and it should be a great weekend."