Justyn Cox Continues to Impress with Bates Motorsports

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PETERSEN MEDIA: Justyn Cox and Bates Motorsports have proven to be a potent combination the last month and that was apparent over the weekend in Tulare, CA where Cox and company ended up finishing fourth in the final Trophy Cup points.

 

“It was a fun weekend, and it was really cool to take the momentum we built up the last few weeks and perform really well against a really deep field of cars,” Justyn Cox said. “The Trophy Cup title was just a few spots on the track from our grasp so to be in contention was a great feeling.”

 

Cox was strong during Thursday night’s opener as he timed the R&B Company backed entry in third fastest in his qualifying flight which would line him up in the third row of his heat race.

 

Working his way forward to finish third in the heat, Cox would make the transfer into the feature as his heat’s highest point earner and would line up in the ninth spot as he sat fourth in points.

 

On a racy Thunderbowl Raceway, the Clarksburg, CA driver would showcase a strong No. 42x entry, as he would work his way forward and find himself up in third in the race’s waning laps.

 

A combination of getting loose in the final laps, paired with battling a couple of hard chargers would result in Cox taking the checkered flag with sixth place finish and getting his Trophy Cup off to a great start.

 

Friday night would end up being Cox’s throw away night as he would time in 13th quickest in his qualifying group before finishing sixth in his heat race. Lining up 13th in his ‘B’ Main, Cox would flirt with making the transfer as he charged up to fifth, but he would not get the final position and his night would end.

 

Sitting seventh in points heading into Saturday night, Cox and Bates Motorsports were in a great position to go for Trophy Cup glory. Finishing fourth in his heat race from the seventh starting position, Cox would improve his positioning heading into the 50-lap feature as he found himself in third and well in the Trophy Cup hunt.

 

Lining up 18th on the field, Cox would go to work on the cushion in the early laps as track prep made the cushion the preferred place to be and made aggressive pass attempts the norm once things widened out.

 

Working his way forward, Cox would get himself into the Top-10 where he would battle with the likes of Cory Eliason and Shane Golobic, both of which who were well in the hunt for the points battle.

 

As the track took rubber late in the feature, Cox knew he would have to continue to get positions and continued to run aggressive hoping to make something happen.

 

Finishing eighth in the feature event, Cox would find himself fourth in the final points, just six points out of the title which was two positions on the track.

 

“It stings a little come that close and come up short, but we had a fast racecar in the feature on Saturday,” Cox added. “While it does sting, it is also pretty cool to know that we were that good, and that close to pulling the deal off. It has been a wild year overall and it is crazy to me that we only have one more race weekend left.”

 

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, College Cyclery, Arai, Racing Optics, 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 2018!

 

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-42, Wins-2, Top 5’s-14, Top 10’s-22

 

ON TAP: Justyn Cox will return to action on November 3rd in Stockton, CA.

 

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