PETERSEN MEDIA: Making the trip to the Pacific Northwest to battle with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series and take part in the Western Sprint Tour Speedweek, the opening four races have not quite been what Justyn Cox had in mind.
“It has been a tough start to our week with a little bit of bad luck and a little bit of driver error,” Justyn Cox said.
Taking on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour on Friday and Saturday night at the Gray’s Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, Cox would turn in identical performances in his heat races on both nights as he would line up in the third spot and finish in the second spot.
The feature event on Friday night would see Cox grid the field from the sixth row aboard his Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/Trex backed No. 31c machine. On a hooked up surface, Cox would spend much of his race battling in the 12th spot as he would go back and forth amongst the pack of cars battling for track position. In the end, Cox would tally a 14th place finish.
Saturday night the Clarksburg, CA driver would line up in the 11th spot, and on a slick surface he would get the PM Truck Repair/LRB/Konnected Klothing entry moving forward as he would work up into the eighth spot.
Working the bottom of the speedway, Cox would make contact with an infield barrier as he made a move for the seventh spot and the damage would force him to retire for the evening.
With ASCS action in the rear view mirror, Cox would head to Banks, OR on Sunday night to kick off WST Speedweek. Timing the STL/College Cyclery/JRD Endeavors backed machine in seventh quickest. Heat race action would see contact from another car force Cox to the back of the pack, though he would rebound to finish fifth.
Starting 12th in the feature event on a track that was on the verge of taking rubber, Cox would get to the low side of the speedway early as he quickly found the rubber that was going down on the speedway.
Driving a very patient race, Cox would take advantage of drivers missing their marks as he was able to put together a nice charge and finish in the fourth spot.
Monday night would see the team travel to the Cottage Grove Speedway for round No. 2 of speedweek. Timing in 13th fastest in his qualifying flight, Cox would find himself back in the seventh spot for his heat race.
On a fast track during heat races, Cox’s sixth place finish would force him into the ‘B’ Main event. Working his way from the eighth starting position to finish in the third spot, Cox would move into the 30-lap feature event where he would grid the field from the 20th starting spot.
A very racy Cottage Grove Speedway in the race’s early goings allowed Cox to simply go where he could find open real estate as he worked his way forward. Getting up to the 11th spot, Cox would look to make a move on a lap 13 restart.
Going to the top of the speedway, Cox would be forced to check up as a competitor got crossed up in front of him, and would allow a few drivers to sneak by. With the track beginning to take rubber, Cox would get in line back in the 14th spot, and ride out the race’s final 15 laps.
“We would be okay if I could handle business early in the night and give us a fighting chance up front,” Cox said. “We have had some pretty good cars, but being that far back, it is tough to do much with rubber coming so quickly. This is always a tough week, and I have to thank the guys for their hard work so far.”
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-25, Wins-0, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-9
ON TAP: Justyn Cox and his team will be at the third round of WST Speedweek tonight in Lebanon, OR.
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