Russel Morseman Racing #44

Russell Morseman III Claims First Sportsman Win at Black Rock

Rich Vleck, DUNDEE, NY (May 6, 2011)-
Russ Morseman Racing #44Russell Morseman III already had looked impressive in after just a few starts in his first season behind the wheel of a sportsman, but he made confirmed what was suspected when he scored the win in the 20-lap feature Friday Night. “Holy Cow!” said an elated Morseman in Victory Lane. “Me and my brother (4-cylinder competitor Brandon) love this place and we are running here for something new this year and this is great.”Morseman took over the lead from Trevor Sutherland on lap eight and had to fend off Sutherland and a handful of other competitors in order to pick up the win. Perhaps his biggest opponent was his punctured right rear tire that did not manifest itself until after it was parked in Victory Lane.Five caution flags would fall in the final seven laps, and on each restart Morseman was able to hold off the likes of Steve Swarthout, Fran Hilton and Donnie Lawson on the final restart.

Lawson, the defending track champion, was involved in a crash on the second lap with Joe Cook Jr. but charged back up through the pack to become a factor once again. When Fran Hilton vacated the runner-up spot with a flat right rear tire on lap 18 and Trevor Sutherland spun around coming to the white flag , it gave Lawson a chance to go after Morseman. The driver of the K&N No. 44 was up to the task though. After Morseman and Lawson would be Brady Fultz, the winner of the last two weeks, in third. Tyler Siri, who started the race with a flat tire, would rally up to fourth. Steve Swarthout completed the top-five.

Hoselton Auto Mall Crate Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)- RUSSELL MORSEMAN III, Donnie Lawson, Brady Futlz, Tyler Siri, trever Swarthout, Brent Ayers, Randy McCulloch, Frank Kline, Gary Hotailing, Fran Hilton, Trevor Sutherland, Ray Bliss Jr., John Venuto, Sean Sommers, Serenity Sutherland, Chris Silvers, Brandon Butler, Rob Humphreys, Colton Chappius, Joe Cook Jr., Loren Lincoln, John Juhl, Eric Williams (DNS).

Lap Leader- T. Sutherland 1-7, Morseman 8-20.
Heat Winners- T. Sutherland, Lawson, Futlz.

Update From Russ

I raced on Friday at Blackrock with the modified, finished 3rd in the heat, started 10th in the feature, made it up to 4th at one time and ended up finishing 6th. We ran the street stock at Penn can last night, we were leading the heat and cut a tire down with 2 laps to go. I started dead last 25th in the feature and drove up to 12th and got tangled up in a wreck, went to the rear and drove back up through again and ended up finishing 10th. That should move me up to 6th in the  R.O.C. Tour points. If it wasn’t for the flat in the heat I think I could have won the feature. Next up on the schedule will be Blackrock this Friday night with the modified.