PETERSEN MEDIA: With a double header on his schedule last weekend, Justyn Cox picked up a third place finish on Friday night at the Silver Dollar Speedway aboard his Capitol Casino/Vasser Chevrolet/JRI Shocks No. 31c entry.
“It was good to get back to racing for consecutive weekends after having about a month off,” Cox said. “I am still a little rusty, but my guys worked hard and gave me a good car over the weekend.”
Going out early for time trials on Friday night, Cox timed his JRD Endeavors/NAAKE/LRB backed entry in eighth fastest, before picking up a second place finish in heat race action.
Pulling the three pill for the feature event, the Clarksburg, CA driver lined up in the second row of the feature event, and quickly found himself in a battle with Andy Forsberg, as he looked for the second spot.
Working the bottom of the speedway, Cox found himself in lapped traffic for much of the race, but kept the many time track champion in his sights, and made numerous attempts to clear him for the second spot.
Pulling alongside Forsberg numerous times, Cox was simply unable to clear Forsberg, and at the end of the night, crossed the stripe with a third place finish.
“We had a fast racecar, it was just tough to make a pass,” Cox said. “Lapped traffic was hairy, so I was a little conservative at times, but had a blast battling with a driver like Forsberg.”
Saturday night, the team headed to the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, CA to take in a night of local track championship action at the ¼ mile bullring.
With 28 cars on hand, Cox again went out early in time trials, and it was not the preferred draw, as he timed his Tim’s Hot Rods/Justice Brothers/STL No. 31c machine in 14th quickest in qualifying time trials.
Getting called for a false start in his heat race, Cox would be penalized, and his end result was a third place finish, putting him in the feature event, where he started in the seventh row.
In the feature event, Cox was collected in an early wreck, and forced to restart the feature from the back of the pack.
Stuck in the back, Cox tried to find racing room to get around some slower traffic, but it wasn’t in the cards on this night, and the youngster finished in the 15th spot.
“It was just one of those weird nights,” Cox said. “I was just rusty in traffic, and couldn’t get moving forward. On a tight track like that the back is not where you want to be, and that is where we were. It was nice to get some laps there, and get ready for the Civil War race on Saturday. I have to thank Rod Tiner, Jr, Greg Peterson, Eric Davis, and my dad for all of their help this weekend.”
The Cox Racing team would like to thank Capitol Casino, Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet, JRI Shocks, JRD Endeavors, NAAKE, LRB, Tim’s Hot Rods, Justice Brothers, Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, Worton Designs, Manzer Motorsports, MTFX Graphics, Konnected, and College Cyclery for their support during the 2014 season.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-12, Wins-0, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-6
ON TAP: Cox will be in action on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway aboard the Brett Lay owned No. 24B machine as he takes on the Civil War Series during the Mark Forni Classic.
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