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Justyn Cox Tallies Top-10 at Dennis Roth Classic

PETERSEN MEDIA: Spending another weekend in Central California with Bates-Hamilton Racing, Justyn Cox and team continued to prepare for the upcoming Trophy Cup as Cox tallied a 10th place finish on Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA during the Dennis Roth Classic.

“Saturday night we qualified really well, and just narrowly missed out on a Dash berth with the KWS/NARC point system,” Justyn Cox said. “We tried something in the feature as we prepare for this week’s Trophy Cup and it was helpful and taught us a few things.”

Timing the Bates-Hamilton Racing No. 42x fourth fastest in qualifying time trials, Cox lined up in the second row of his heat race. Jumping into third when the race came to life, a restart allowed DJ Netto to snooker Cox and it dropped him back to fourth where he went on to finish.

Not tallying enough points to make himself eligible for the Dash, Cox lined up for the feature event in the seventh starting position.

On a very racy Thunderbowl Raceway surface, Cox battled hard inside the Top-10 for the duration of the ‘A’. Unable to make a strong run forward, Cox did slip back to 13th at the race’s halfway point.

Racing amongst a tight pack of cars, Cox would start making up the lose ground as he surfaced back into the Top-10 on the 24th lap. Settling into 10th over the final six laps, Cox closed his Trophy Cup Tune Up out with a 10th place finish.

Also in action on Friday night, Cox and company checked in at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA one week removed from a solid run at the Morrie Williams Tribute.

Trying out a new brake system, the BHR team would fight some early gremlins as the Clarksburg, CA driver timed in 20thfastest amongst the 31 drivers checked in for the second-year event.

Lining up fourth in his heat race, Cox felt better during the six-lap shootout as his fourth-place finish locked him into the 30-lap Anthony Simone Classic feature event.

Taking the green flag from 19th, Cox got off to a slow start as he fell back to last in the race’s opening laps. Struggling on the slick, Cox would get to the top and start to make up some ground on the thick curb that had built up around the speedway.

Working his way forward during the waning laps of the ‘A’, Cox capped Friday night off with a 14th place finish.

“I really have to thank Josh and Roger for all of their support and being patient with me as he get a feel for each other,” Cox said. “I also want to thank Scotty and Brad for all of their hard work on the car as well. Our whole team is excited for Trophy Cup this week.”

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-24, Wins-1, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-12

ON TAP: Cox and BHR will be back in action this Thursday-Saturday in Tulare, CA for the Trophy Cup.

STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with Justyn Cox by following him on Twitter @JustynCox__JC.

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