PETERSEN MEDIA: Filling in for an injured Tim Kaeding, Justyn Cox climbed aboard the Josh Bates owned No. 42x during a two-day show with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour at Placerville Speedway and showed out as he recorded second and third place finishes.
“I really can’t thank Josh Bates and his team enough for thinking highly enough of me to ask me to fill in for them and try to keep their team in the championship hunt,’ Justyn Cox said. “We have been good at Placerville Speedway all year long, so to get in this car and run well still was really good and I had a ton of fun.”
During his maiden voyage on Friday night, Cox would time the R&B Company entry in with the second fastest time overall in qualifying time trials, and fastest in his time trial group which placed him in the second row of his heat race.
Racing his way to a second place finish, Cox moved into the Dash where an eighth place finish put him in the fourth row to start the 35-lap feature event. On a racy Placerville Speedway, Cox put the No. 42 entry on the ragged edge.
Working his way by some stiff competition, Cox would work into the second position on the 16th lap as he chased after leader, Kyle Hirst. Poking his nose under Hirst on a couple of late restarts, Cox just didn’t quite have enough to get around him and closed Friday night out with a second place finish.
Saturday night saw Cox again come out very strong in the No. 42x machine. Again timing in second fastest overall and fastest in his group, Cox would finish third in his heat race and again move into the Dash where a seventh place finish again put him in the fourth row to start the 35-lap feature event.
Just as he did on Friday night, Cox would work his way forward as he again seemed to master the Placerville Speedway cushion. Working into the Top-Five, Cox would find himself in a torrid battle with the likes of Tanner Thorson and Kyle Hirst as they all vied for the second position and raced in tight quarters.
Settling into third on the 17th lap, Cox would find himself back in fourth before making his way back up to third on the 22nd lap. Looking for another position in the final laps, Cox would be unable to get by Thorson as they raced in traffic as he closed his weekend out with a third place finish.
“To come out and get two podiums for these guys means a lot, and hopefully I did them and TK proud,” Cox said. “They are in a tight battle for the SCCT owner championship and with two races to go these guys are still in a great spot. Happy to help, I’m thankful for the opportunity, and hopefully we can do it again soon.”
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-35, Wins-2, Top 5’s-12, Top 10’s-17
ON TAP: Cox will return to his family owned entry on October 6th in Bakersfield, CA as he follows the King of the West Series to Kern County Raceway.
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