PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking last week off, Justyn Cox and C&M Motorsports returned to action with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour on Saturday night in Watsonville, CA. After getting off to a tough start in his heat race, Cox had his elbows up the rest of the night as he fought through the C and the B to qualify for the Johnny Key Classic feature event.
“Man what a night Saturday was,” Justyn Cox said. “We think we had a bad bar in the car for the heat race, and that really put us in a hole. Luckily Cody, Tom, and the guys gave me a really strong car and we were able to fight through both the ‘C’ and the “B” to make the feature.”
With 48 cars checked in for the prestigious event held at Ocean Speedway, Cox would open the night up by timing the Berco Redwood/Barry Lumber, Inc./Legacy Specialties backed No. 7c in 5th fastest in his qualifying group.
Lining up fifth in his heat race, Cox would loop his machine due to a torsion bar that had gone bad in the C&M Motorsports mount. Finishing ninth, the Clarksburg, CA driver would find himself on the pole of the ‘C’.
From the pole, Cox would flex his muscle as he simply checked out from the field. Despite a couple of stoppages, Cox would continue to set a very strong pace out front as he would pick up the win and transfer into the ‘B’ Main event.
Lining up 12th in the ‘B’, Cox had more work to do as only four positions into the feature event were up for grabs on a surface that was starting to slicken up after having a lot of moisture early in the night.
Cox would continue to run well as the ‘B’ came to life, Slicing and dicing his way through the field, Cox would soon find himself in the sixth position when a mid-race caution flew, and transferring into the feature event became more of a reality.
As the action resumed, Cox would continue to work as he was able to jump into the fourth and final transfer position late and stamp his ticket into the 35-lap feature event.
Lining up 24th for the 35-lap feature event, the tight confines of the Ocean Speedway made it tough to get going with a full field on the ¼ mile. Getting a couple of positions in the early laps, the leaders would quickly reach the back of the pack and put Cox a lap down.
Once he went a lap down, its fate was essentially sealed as he would end up finishing 17th.
“Starting at the back in the feature, I knew we would need some luck on our side with how tight Ocean Speedway is,” Cox added. “Unfortunately, it was tough to get going from the back, and we lost a lap early which pretty much ended our night. I really want to thank Cody, Mandi, and everyone for their hard work all night long. It was fun going from the ‘C’ to the “A’, I just wish we could have mounted another charge in the feature.”
The C&M Motorsports team would like to thank Berco Redwood, Barry Lumber, Inc., Legacy Specialties, Inc., Lund Construction, Anrak, Alturas Tires, Swartz Diesel, PT Shocks, Creason Enterprises, and all of their product sponsors for their continued support.
ON TAP: Cox and C&M Motorsports now heads to Stockton, CA on Saturday night.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-25, Wins-2, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-17
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