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K&N's Russell Morseman III Claims First Ever Sportsman Win at Black Rock Speedway

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Morseman, true to form, earned his first ever Sportsman victory after only a couple of starts.
Morseman, true to form, earned his first ever Sportsman victory after only a couple of starts.
For the past couple of seasons, Russell Morseman III, has been ferociously amassing race experience and spinning it into wins. So, when Morseman won his first sportsman race after only a few starts, it was less of a surprise, then it was a relief. After winning back-to-back Street Stock Track Championships, expectations were high for the Addison, New York driver. Morseman confirmed what was suspected by winning the 20-lap Feature last weekend at Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, New York. "Holy Cow!" said an elated Morseman in Victory Lane.
During the off-season Morseman had two cars to tear down and inspect, but he's all good with that - two cars means more racing.
During the off-season Morseman had two cars to tear down and inspect, but he's all good with that - two cars means more racing.


Morseman told K&N Race News, "It feels great, and I am super excited about this season in the modified. The car is a totally different ballgame then my Street Stock. They are built for racing and have a lot more suspension and more adjustments to fine tune your setup. One reason I think I like it so much is that I have a good feeling for what the car is doing and what it needs. So it makes adjusting things a little easier."
The early win at Blackrock erased some of pressure of expectations on Morseman, which will allow him to race more freely from here out.
The early win at Blackrock erased some of pressure of expectations on Morseman, which will allow him to race more freely from here out.


The driver of the K&N No. 44 car said he's feeling strong about a couple of the tracks he will be facing next with his Street Stock.

"I've been to most of them at least once. One of our biggest weeks of racing is coming up the week before Memorial Day," detailed Morseman. "We will be running Sunday, May 22, at Five Mile Point, Thursday May 26, at McKean County Raceway, Saturday May 28, at Little Valley Speedway, and on May 30, at Woodhull Raceway.

It will indeed be another very busy summer for Morseman's Racing, with a total of 45 races scheduled, at eight different tracks. The K&N sponsored racer said he's confident and up to the challenge though. It's simply additional racing experience that Morseman can assimilate into even more checkered flags.

Morseman says he didn't really do anything different during the off-season to prepare for this year.

"We just tore the car down and inspected each piece as we put it back together and replaced anything that was wore out or broken. It was a little more time consuming putting two cars together, but other than that, we did about the same as in previous years."

Morseman explained that he is approaching this season pretty much as one race at a time, with winning of course being the main focus.

"Other than that we want to be super competitive and have fun," Morseman adds. "We traveled at the end of last season and had a blast."

"In the next year or two we are looking at moving up into a Fastrak Crate Late Model and doing a little more traveling," continues Morseman. "I am really looking forward to running a late model as the next stepping stone in my career, and eventually run with the World of Outlaws Late Models."

Morseman's Racing will race at Blackrock Speedway on Friday nights throughout the season. The team's next R.O.C. Trackside Products Street Stock race is at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, New York on May 22.

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