PETERSEN MEDIA: Undergoing whole changes to this race team over the last month, Justyn Cox and the Cox-Berco Racing team were rewarded for their efforts over the weekend as Cox picked up his first win of the season on Friday night in Watsonville, CA before charging to fourth from 12th on Saturday at Placerville Speedway.
“Rod Tiner Jr, and my guys have been working so hard on this new package we have, and it has been really neat to learn over the last few weeks,” Justyn Cox. “To get my first win ever at Ocean Speedway was great, and to come back and charge forward at Placerville Speedway is a huge momentum booster for us heading to a pretty busy weekend of racing over the holiday.”
Making a rare appearance at Ocean Speedway on Friday night, Cox got his night off to a bit of a rocky start as he timed the Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/MDW No. 31c in eight fastest in time trials.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Cox nailed the start as he had the lead exiting turn two and never looked back. Picking up the win, Cox moved into the Dash where the win there put him on the pole of the 30-lap feature event.
Leading the field to green, the Clarksburg, CA native got the jump and began pacing the field as he quickly reached the back of the pack. Holding the top spot for the opening 15 markers, a double file restart led to youngster Joey Ancona beating Cox into turn one and two and dropping him back to second.
Pacing Ancona the next 10-laps, Ancona would endure contact while trying to lap a car just as Cox began battling with him for the race lead. With the red needed, Cox would take the top spot back on the 25th lap and proceeded to lead to next 5 laps and pick up first win of the season.
Saturday night, the scene shifted to Placerville Speedway for a round of weekly action where 36 cars packed into the pit area on a hot afternoon.
With over 100 cars checked into the pit area and temps hitting triple digits, an extremely slick surface would lead to time slowing as qualifying went on and Cox ended up 14th fastest overall.
Lining up on the pole of his heat race, Cox would slip back to second with the top being unusually fast early in the night as he was stuck on the bottom. The second-place finish was good enough to lock Cox into the ‘A’, but it put him in the 12th starting position as he did not qualify for the redraw.
On a very slick racing surface for the 25-lap feature, Cox would slowly work his way forward though the race clicked off laps in rapid fire fashion with only two stoppages hindering the action. During an long 19-lap non-stop run to open the race, Cox was able to gain a few spots, but used a late restart to propel himself to a fourth place finish when the dust settled on the finale.
“I wish we could have had a few more re-start opportunities, but to come forward like that was great,” Cox said. “Looking forward to two-or three more chances this weekend.”
The Cox-Berco Racing team would like to thank Berco Redwood, Berry Lumber, Michael David Winery, MDW Sports, Stroppini Enterprises, Cranked Naturals, Trex, Master Metal Products, Adrian Blanco Jewelry, 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-14, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-7
ON TAP: Cox is tentatively set for Marysville Raceway on Friday Night but will for sure be at Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Placerville Speedway on Monday.
STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with Justyn Cox by following him on Twitter @JustynCox__JC.
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