PETERSEN MEDIA: Having his career best finish with the King of the West Series at Thunderbowl Raceway just a few weeks ago, Justyn Cox came into Trophy Cup with a lot of confidence and it showed as the Clarksburg, CA driver had a nice three nights of action.
“I think we could have finished a little better but we were plagued with some issues during the Saturday night feature,” Justyn Cox said. “We had a lot of speed all weekend long, and I owe it to my guys for their hard work.”
Getting his weekend kicked off in a big way on Thursday, Cox timed the Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/Trex backed No. 31C in fastest during his qualifying flight.
Running fourth during his heat race, Cox’s point total would be good enough to lock him into the 30-lap feature event where he would grid the field from the second row.
When the race came to life, Cox would get off to a nice start as he ran in the fourth spot until a couple of early stoppages.
Sitting in third on a lap 11 restart, Cox would make a bid for second when the action came back to life but his pass would not stick and he would lose a few spots. As the slick track continued to go away during the second half of the race, Cox would get too loose and would fade back through the field. Doing what he could to keep a solid point total, Cox would finish in the 12th spot.
Looking to try and better his performance on Friday night, Cox would time in 14th quickest in qualifying time trials. Finishing third in his heat race, Cox would be forced into one of the night’s ‘B’ Main events.
Finding himself on the front row of the B Main, Cox would encounter front-end damage on lap eight, and his night would come to an end.
Sitting 14th in points after the preliminary nights, Cox would come back on Saturday night and pick up a fourth place finish in his heat race.
Once heat race points were added to each driver’s total, Cox still sat 14th and found himself in the fourth row for the 50-lap Trophy Cup feature event.
Working his way up towards the Top-Five in the race’s first few laps, Cox would encounter a steering issue that would plague him for much of the race.
Wrestling his machine around the demanding Thunderbowl Raceway, Cox would end up taking the checkered flag with a 10th place finish which would place him 11th in the final standings.
“It was a tough feature once we lost power steering, but we were still able to have a pretty good run,” Cox said. “My guys really have us going well right now and I hope we can continue that in these final races.”
The Cox Racing team would like to thank Berco Redwood, Berry Lumber, Trex, PM Truck Repair, LRB, Konnected, Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, College Cyclery, JRD Endeavors, VSR, ART, K&N Performance, Justice Brothers, Cheetah IV Racing, E-ST Garage, Worton Designs, Manzer Motorsports, Swimming Pool Perfections, and Tim’s Hot Rod Shop for their support in 2016!
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-52, Wins-1, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-25
ON TAP: Cox will now make his way to Placerville Speedway on Friday night.
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