PETERSEN MEDIA: Justyn Cox and his Cox Family Racing team headed to the Pacific Northwest over the weekend to take part in the 3rd Annual Marvin Smith Memorial, and after a valiant effort that saw him retire with a DNF on Saturday night, Cox battled during nearly all of the Sunday night feature event with a missing right-rear shock and managed to finish fourth.
“I was really pleased with our trip to Cottage Grove Speedway over the weekend,” Justyn Cox said. “We had some great speed both nights and were extremely competitive. My guys had the car dialed, and I really have to thank them for continuing to work so hard.”
Saturday night, Cox would open his weekend up by timing in ninth fastest during his qualifying flight before racing his way to a win during heat race action. Gridding the field from the eighth row during the preliminary night main event, Cox flexed his muscles early in the program as he made it known he had a strong Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/Trex machine under him.
Finding himself up in the sixth spot by the fifth lap, Cox would use an early caution to get around Kyle Hirst and Travis Jacobson to move into the third spot. Using the cushion to his advantage while most of the field worked the bottom of the speedway, Cox would close in on Jason Solwold as he wanted to lay his claim on the second spot.
Battling back and forth with Solwold lap after lap for the second spot, Cox would use a lap 18 restart to clear Solwold and close in on Roger Crocket. With Crocket pulling way from Cox, Solwold would then get back by Cox and drop him into the third spot.
Running in the third spot, Cox would get up over the turn four cushion trying to clear slower traffic, and contact with the wall would bring his night to an end two laps from the finish.
Returning to action on Sunday night for the Marvin Smith Memorial finale, Cox would again get off to a nice start as he time in fourth fastest in his qualifying flight, before going from fifth to second in his heat race.
Pulling a seven in the Dash draw, Cox would finish in the sixth spot, placing him in the third row for the 41-lap ‘A’ Main event. Getting off to a great start, Cox would get by a trio of talented drivers to take over the third spot before losing his right-rear shock in turns three and four.
With his car becoming a handful Cox would lose a spot and fall back to fourth as he did what he could on the slicked off surface. Just trying to maintain with an ill handling car as long as he could, Cox would turn in a strong effort that saw him hang on and finish in the fourth spot.
“We got off to a really good start on Sunday night in the main, and it’s hard to say how we would have ended up had we not lost the shock so early,” Cox said. “This Moyle Racing Engine runs really well, and we are really getting our A.R.T. Chassis dialed in. I can’t thank my guys enough for all their hard work and their commitment to our team, this was a successful weekend.”
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-15, Wins-0, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-6
ON TAP: Justyn Cox and his team will be back in action with the King of the West Series on Saturday night in Chico, CA for the David Tarter Memorial.
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