PC- Brian Ratchford
PETERSEN MEDIA: Rebounding from a tough weekend, Justyn Cox took part in the Sprint Car Challenge Tour’s first ever visit to Hanford, CA where he would come away with a second place finish.
“Our night was really close to being bad in our heat race, but we were able to make some repairs and get the last transfer spot late which was huge as it put us in the Dash and really saved our night,” Justyn Cox said.
Timing the Cox Family Racing entry in third fastest on Saturday night at Keller Auto Speedway, Cox would have issues on the start of his heat race as he would get off the racing surface before contact when he returned sent him to the work area.
Able to make repairs, Cox would find himself back in 10th, but would make some swift moves to get up to sixth. A late move on Cole Macedo would put Cox in the fifth and final transfer position, and by way of his qualifying efforts he would also earn a spot in the Dash.
Lining up eighth in the feature after finishing eighth in the Dash, the Clarksburg, CA driver would get off to a nice start as he would get under Matt Dumesny to get into sixth.
A very wide surface saw two distinct lines in play on this night and Cox would then sneak under Willie Croft and Kyle Hirst to get into fourth before the red flag was needed.
Back underway, Cox would continue to have a strong car beneath him as he would get under Ryan Bernal on the ninth circuit to move into third as he then chased after DJ Netto and Colby Copeland who ran ahead of him during the longest green flag run of the night.
Getting into traffic, the action up front would head up until a stoppage was needed on the race’s 19th circuit. With traffic never a factor in the remaining laps, DJ Netto would scoot away but the best race on the track would be for second. Battling with Colby Copeland, Cox would get the spot with just a handful of laps remaining as he set his sights on race leader, DJ Netto.
With Netto committed to the top, Cox would try the middle and bottom to reel him in but would simply be unable to catch him in a limited number of laps as he took the checkered flag with a second place finish.
“I was really happy to get on the podium on Saturday night amongst that tough of a group of drivers,” Justyn Cox said. “Hanford is a track I don’t get to see a lot, so it was really nice to run well there in the feature. Thanks to my guys for busting their butt’s all night long.”
The Cox Racing team would like to thank Berco Redwood, Berry Lumber, Trex, PM Truck Repair, Justice Brothers, K&N, LRB, Konnected, A.R.T., Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, College Cyclery, Arai, Racing Optics, All American Powder Coating, Coos Bay Speedway, Swimming Pool Perfections, Tim’s Hot Rod Shop, Shell Shock, Moyle Race Engines, and Manzer Motorsports for their support in 2018!
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-17, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-6
ON TAP: Cox will make the trip to Calistoga Speedway on Saturday night to take part in the Civil War Series pres. by Flowmaster’s portion of the Wine Country Classic.
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