The Orange Blossom 100 didn’t go as well as Tim Russell would have hoped on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. Russell started ninth for the 100-lap Super Late Model race and finished in the 12th position after contact with another car on a late restart.

“I don’t think we had enough for the win,” said Russell. “We were a little too tight. But we had a top three or top four car.”

On the second-to-last restart Russell got too high on the exit of turn two and lost a few spots. He had to try to methodically work his back to the front, but also be quick about it as the laps were winding down in a hurry.

“I had to take my time and be careful getting back by them,” he said.

As Russell was working his way back through the field, contact with another car pretty much dashed any hopes he had of scoring a top-10 finish. However, the car is in one piece and ready to race another day, and that is always a good thing.

Now Russell is looking ahead to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna, although he won’t be behind the wheel for that nine-day event.

“I’m not sure when I’ll be racing next,” Russell said. “We’ve got Speedweeks coming up with Kevin Thomas Jr. so I’m excited to see what he can do for us there. He’s really talented so that should be fun to watch and hopefully we’ll be contending for wins.”

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Russell Salvages 12th-Place Finish in Orange Blossom 100