PETERSEN MEDIA: Justyn Cox got a taste of a little of everything during the 63rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions. Cox would be one of four drivers to compete in a 360ci winged car, and 410ci non-wing car, and a 410ci winged car as he battled with the Civil War Series, USAC/CRA Series, and the coveted World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
“It was a blast to run all three divisions at the Gold Cup, and I was happy with how the entire week went,” Justyn Cox said.
Opening up on Wednesday night, Cox would time in eighth fastest in his qualifying group before racking a heat race win to earn a spot in the nightly Dash. On an extremely slick Silver Dollar Speedway surface, Cox would finish in the sixth spot and grid the field from the third row for the 30-lap feature event.
With the track already having rubber down on it, the start would be crucial and Cox would take care of business as he forged his Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/Trex backed No. 31BC entry up into the third spot.
With passing at an extreme premium on this night, Cox would hang on to the third spot for nearly the entire race. Trying to save his tires to the end, Cox would admittedly not push hard enough on the last lap and it would allow Shane Golobic to get him at the line and he would end up with a fourth place finish.
Shedding the wings for Thursday night, Cox would time in 16th fastest out of the 36 cars checked into the pit area at the Silver Dollar Speedway. Not feeling comfortable in his heat race, the Clarksburg, CA driver would head back to his pit area and try to get his car better for the semi.
In the semi, Cox couldn’t get going how he had hoped and with his focus on the World of Outlaws portion of the weekend he opted to save his equipment for another day and bowed out early.
Friday night would see Cox time in sixth fastest in his group, and put him in a good spot for heat race action. Battling for the second spot during his heat, Cox would experience a mechanical failure and he would be forced into the Last Chance Showdown.
Winning the LCS, Cox would move into the 30-lap feature event where he took the green flag from the 21st starting position. Able to work his way forward a little during the feature, Cox would get up as high as the 15th spot, but a slight mistakes late in the race would see him finish 17th.
The Gold Cup Race of Champions finale saw Cox time in 24th fastest, which placed him in the third row of his heat race.
Turning in a strong performance, Cox would race by Shane Stewart and DJ Netto to grab the third spot, which would put him in the sixth row of the 40-lap feature event.
With cars getting together in front of him when the race went green, Cox would get on the binders and lose several positions as he got back up to speed. A very racy surface would see Cox get back up into the 13th spot, but a deflating right rear tire would see him head to the work area on the 33rd lap. In a wild ending of the feature event, Cox would get back up to the 12th spot, and make a daring move coming to the white flag. Getting into the wall, Cox would lose his momentum and closed his weekend out with a 14th place finish.
“Our car felt awesome all week long, and it feel like it is a good confidence boost for us with some big races still left to run,” Cox said. “I really have to thank my guys for all their hard work, because it was a long week, and on top of that they had to take time of work to make it all possible.”
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-42, Wins-1, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-19
ON TAP: Cox will possibly be in action this Saturday night at the Marysville Raceway. If he doesn’t make it, he will be back in action with the KWS on September 24th at the Placerville Speedway.
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