PETERSEN MEDIA: Taking advantage of a late restart, Justyn Cox would make a late move in turns one and two to secure the lucrative win on Saturday night during the 12th annual Mark Forni Classic in Placerville, CA.
“To win this race, and get my name on the list is pretty special to me,” Justyn Cox said. “We have been really strong at Placerville all season long and its cool to say we won the Mark Forni Classic.”
Timing the Berco Redwood/Berry Lumber/Trex backed No. 31c entry in ninth fastest among the 42 cars checked into the pit area, Cox would race his way to the important heat race win, which made him eligible for the redraw.
Pulling the six pill, Cox would take the green flag from the third row aboard his PM Truck Repair/Justice Brothers/K&N backed entry. Running in the sixth spot for much of the night, Cox would fall back as far as the seventh spot at the race’s halfway point.
With a couple of cautions breeding double file restarts, Cox would work his way into the top-five as the race drew to a close on the slick ¼ mile speedway.
Appearing to be on his way to a fifth place finish, a caution with three laps to go would change the complexion of the race, and set up an exciting finish. When the green lights flashed, Cox dipped low and moved into the third spot as he chased after the lead duo of Justin Sanders and Steven Tiner.
As the leaders battled in turn one and two, they both drifted up to the cushion and opened the door for cox, who was right there to take advantage.
Jumping into the lead, Cox would lead the final two laps and score his first ever Mark Forni Classic win.
“The last month or so we have been really good, and its been really fun to drive this car,” Cox added. “We put ourselves in a good spot at the end and capitalized on an opportunity when it presented itself. I have to thank all of my guys for their continued hard work.”
The Cox Racing team would like to thank Berco Redwood, Berry Lumber, Trex, PM Truck Repair, Justice Brothers, K&N, LRB, Konnected, A.R.T., Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, EyeLusions, All American Powder Coating, Coos Bay Speedway, Swimming Pool Perfections, Tim’s Hot Rod Shop, Shell Shock, Moyle Race Engines, and Manzer Motorsports for their support in 2017!
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-38, Wins-5, Top 5’s-16, Top 10’s-24
ON TAP: Cox will be in action on two occasions this week as he is slated to return to Placerville Speedway on Friday night and Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday!
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