PETERSEN MEDIA: Heading to Tulare, CA over the weekend, Justyn Cox and his team would compete in the 22nd Annual Trophy Cup and the Clarksburg, CA driver would finish 16th in the hotly contest Trophy Cup points.
“It was a long weekend of racing and I really have to thank Rod Jr, Dan, Fez, and Kyle for all of their hard work,” Cox said. “I definitely could not have had the weekend I had without all of their hard work.”
Rain forced Trophy Cup officials to run both preliminary nights on Friday starting at noon, and Cox would have a tough go during the afternoon program.
“We timed in well and raced well in our heat, but the way the format went we were in the ‘Thursday” B Main,” Cox added.
Leading the opening laps of the semi, Cox would start to experience brake issues, making it tough to get around on the Thunderbowl Raceway. Finally losing all brakes on the ninth lap, Cox would loop his Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/Trex No. 31c machine and ensuing contact would bring his day to an end.
Regrouping for the night show, Cox would time in very well, as he timed the PM Truck Repair/LRB/Konnected entry in fifth fastest. Lining up sixth in his heat race, Cox made a last lap pass to get the third spot, and it would be a key pass as it would get him locked into the feature event.
Lining up in the third row of the A, Cox would run in the Top-10 for the duration of the race, as he admittedly played it safe.
“After having a terrible points total in the Thursday race, it was essential to have a good run in the Friday night show, so I had to be smart,” Cox added.
Finishing in the seventh spot, Cox found himself sitting 10th overall in Trophy Cup points heading into Saturday night heat races.
After running sixth in his heat, Cox still sat 10th in points heading into the 50-lap feature event, and lined up in the eighth row. Battling with some of the heavy hitters in the back of the fully inverted feature, Cox would have trouble keeping his momentum up on the Thunderbowl cushion, and found himself a lap down.
Trapped behind the leaders, Cox would spend the rest of the race hitting his marks, as he tried to get back on the lead lap. Unable to do so, Cox would end up finishing 16th in both the race and the points.
“We had a new engine in this weekend, and Saturday we didn’t have our gearing right, and it hurt us in the feature,” Cox added. “Overall I was happy with how the weekend went, and again I really want to thank everyone that is involved with this team.”
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, McColloch’s RV, and Tim’s Hot Rod Shop for their support in 2015!
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-52, Wins-3, Top 5’s-14, Top 10’s-20
ON TAP: Following Cox will be back in action on November 7th as he takes on both the King of the West Series and the Civil War Series at the Stockton Dirt Track.
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