PETERSEN MEDIA: Kicking his 2022 season off over the weekend in Chico, CA with newly formed Cox-Berco Racing team, Justyn Cox would overcome a Friday night part failure and pocket a ninth-place finish during Saturday night’s John Padjen Classic Silver Cup finale.
“We had some issues to work out in our first weekend back, but we recovered pretty well and salvaged a Top-10 when it was all said and done,” Justyn Cox said. “It was fun to be back racing the family car and I am excited to get back out this weekend and see if we can improve anymore.”
After a decent rain cell saturated the facility on Friday night prior to the curtain being raise on Silver Dollar Speedway’s season, a tricky surface would greet the field for the rest of the night.
Timing the Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/MDW backed No. 31c machine in seventh fastest in time trials, the Clarksburg, CA native would find himself back in the seventh starting position of his heat race on a very locked down racing surface.
Finishing sixth, Cox would be forced into the ‘B’ as he searched for one of just four final tickets into the opening night feature event. When the ‘B’ came to life, Cox would settle into second during the opening laps before a caution flag would fly.
Under the caution, Cox would notice something awry on his mount and he would exit the speedway and head back to his trailer thus bringing his night to an early end.
Finding a part failure with his brake system, Cox and company were back in action on Saturday night looking for redemption.
Timing in sixth fastest in time trials, Cox would again be mired deep in his heat race as he started sixth with only four transferring to the ‘A’.
Taking advantage of lining up on the outside lane, Cox would get a great jump as he was able to make his way into the fourth and final transfer spot. Hanging onto the position, Cox would solidify himself into the 35-lap ‘A’ where he would line up in the 19th starting position.
With the surface still technical when the feature event rolled around, Cox would be methodical in his ways as he would work his way up to the seventh position late in the race.
Using restarts to his advantage all night long, a lap 26 restart would prove costly as a car in front of him was slow to take off and it would result in heavy contact to the rear of his entry which caused him to fall back to 11th.
Once able to get going, he was able to work his way back into the Top-10, before using a last corner move to finish ninth at the stripe.
“We have some more work to do in the shop, but it’s to be expected after not running this car the last couple of seasons,” Cox said. “Our plan is to head to Marysville on Saturday night to keep tuning before the Placerville Speedway and SCCT season start in a couple of weeks.”
The Cox-Berco Racing team would like to thank Berco Redwood, Berry Lumber, Michael David Winery, MDW Sports, Cranked Naturals, Trex, Adrian Blanco Jewelers, PM Truck Repair, Justice Brothers, K&N, Konnected, A.R.T., Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, College Cyclery, Arai, Racing Optics, All American Powder Coating, VSR, , Tim’s Hot Rod Shop, Shell Shock, Don Ott Racing Engines, and Richmond Engines for their continued support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races-2, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-1
ON TAP: Cox will be back in action on Saturday night in Marysville, CA.
STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with Justyn Cox by following him on Twitter @JustynCox__JC.
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