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Tim Russell Plans on Having a Very Busy Speedweeks 23-Year-Old Ready to Claim Victory at both Daytona and New Smyrna LONGWOOD, FL (January 31, 2007) -- Tim Russell started off the 2007 season on the right foot when he claimed an eighth-place ...

Tim Russell Plans on Having a Very Busy Speedweeks
23-Year-Old Ready to Claim Victory at both Daytona and New Smyrna

LONGWOOD, FL (January 31, 2007) -- Tim Russell started off the 2007 season on the right foot when he claimed an eighth-place finish last week at USA International Speedway's Speedfest. Starting next week, he will have about eight more chances to try and bring home his first win of the 2007 season.

His first chance will come on Saturday, February 10th, at the ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Daytona International Speedway. It will be Tim's second start at the famous super speedway, and he hopes that his second time running the race will lead to his first time in Daytona's victory lane.

"It's going to be a pretty busy week and a half," said Russell. "Our plan is to not run the first two nights of Speedweeks and get ready for and then run the ARCA race on Saturday. It's going to be pretty busy, but we have some great people helping us on both ends, so hopefully it will all come together."

Tim Russell will be jumping behind the wheel of the No. 9 Hagans Racing Rinnai machine for the ARCA race, and he knows that this car has run good before at the track.

"I am really excited about going back to Daytona. 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.

"Matt (Hagans) ran really strong there last year in this car, and we are going to run that same car this year. Hopefully it will be one of the cars up front. I felt really good in the car when we tested it at Daytona back in December. Matt qualified that car third 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."

After Saturday's event at Daytona, Tim will head over to the newly-repaved New Smyrna Speedway where he will partake in the remaining Speedweeks event in his No. 36 Rinnai Super Late Model, which will be about seven more nights of racing.

"I really think we have a really good shot at winning the ARCA race, so if we win that, I don't know if we will be racing at New Smyrna on Sunday," joked Russell. "We might have a long night on Saturday night. But I am looking forward to heading back to New Smyrna as well."

Tim is no stranger to New Smyrna's victory lane. He has won there while in the Late Model ranks and he claimed victory in the Clyde Hart Memorial Super Late Model event there last summer. But when he heads back this time, it is going to be a whole new game, on a whole new piece of asphalt.

"New Smyrna is going to be totally different than it was when I won there last year. Nobody is going to know what to really expect, and everyone will be on a somewhat level playing field. It's going to be a whole new and fast ball game. Everyone is saying that it is going to pick up like seconds, but we will see. I hope that we are able to bring home wins in both cars next week.

"I know that our game plan is to go test New Smyrna this week and then get everything ready for there before we head to Daytona. "My team will be over there for the first few days of Speedweeks just checking everything out Friday and Saturday, determining what we need to do."

-credit: TimRussellonline.com

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