PETERSEN MEDIA: Justyn Cox and his Cox Racing team headed south over the weekend, as Cox closed his 2014 season in Yuma, AZ battling the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
“It was an okay weekend for us,” Cox said “We fought some issues with our car on Friday night, and played with some stuff and got a little better for Saturday’s finale.”
Lining his Capitol Casino/Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet/JRI Shocks No. 31c machine up on the pole of his heat race on Friday, Cox got the jump on Dakota Hendrickson, and went on to win his heat, and transfer directly into the feature event.
Finding himself in the sixth row for the feature, the Clarksburg, CA driver quickly moved into the Top-10, where he ran much of the race, on what was a slicked off racing surface.
As the laps clicked off, Cox soon felt pressure from a few drivers who were working their way forward form the back of the place. In the closing laps of the race, Brian Brown, Johnny Hererra, and Roger Crocket were all able to get by Cox, as he settled for a 13th place finish.
“Friday night we had good speed early, but as the track slicked off, I didn’t have the drive off the corner I would have liked,” he explained. “We got passed by some good cars at the end, but I think if I could get off the corner a little better, I could have held my own, or fought a little harder.”
Starting and finishing sixth in his heat race on Saturday night, Cox found himself in the fifth row of the B Main. On a track that was tough to pass on, Cox would finish in the ninth spot, and thought his weekend was over.
After the B Main, Cocopah Speedway promoter, Greg Burgess, offered Cox the promoter’s provisional, and Cox took it, and lined up in the 26th spot.
“I really need to thank Greg Burgess of the Cocopah Speedway for giving me his Promoters Option into the feature event,” Cox said. “It meant a lot for him to give us that option, and I was thankful to be racing in the main.”
Lining up scratch on the field, Cox’s machine felt better to him on this night, as he was able to do some hard racing from the back of the pack and gain some positions early in the race.
With cars battling all over the track, it was tough to gain more positions, and Cox soon felt pressure from the lead pack. Getting lapped by Shane Stewart and Jason Johnson late in the race, Cox was able to hang with the lead duo over the final laps as he ended up finishing 21st.
“We got lapped in the feature event, so it’s hard to say we were fast, but the car felt much better,” he said. “When we did get lapped, it was a good measuring point to see they weren’t driving away from us, so we have something to build off of heading into the winter. I have to thank Rodney, Dan, Morgan, and my Grandpa Chuck for all of their help this weekend.”
The Cox Racing team would like to thank Capitol Casino, Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet, JRI Shocks, JRD Endeavors, NAAKE, LRB, Tim’s Hot Rods, Justice Brothers, Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, Worton Designs, Manzer Motorsports, MTFX Graphics, Konnected, and College Cyclery for their support during the 2014 season.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-28, Wins-0, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-10
ON TAP: Cox’s season is not quite finished yet, however, as he will climb aboard the RJ Johnson Outlaw Kart this Saturday night in Red Bluff, CA.
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