By Shawn Miller
LA MONTE, Mo. (July 30) – Friday was another learning – and positive – experience for Justyn Cox.
The 16-year-old from Clarksburg, Calif., finished 18th at L A Raceway – his 21st different track in 34 races this season – in a Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour race.
“It’s always fun coming to a new track,” said Cox, who moved into a tie for 15th in the ASCS National Tour points. “While I would like to have finished in the top 10, it was a good night to get another top 20 and roll the car into the trailer.”
The night started well for Cox, who now has 25 top 20s on the season.
He drove from fourth to third in arguably his toughest heat race, which included four competitors in the top seven in the ASCS National standings – Jason Johnson, Jack Dover, Tim Crawley and Tony Bruce Jr.
And those were veterans who finished behind Cox. Winged Outlaw Warriors defending champion Josh Fisher won the heat race with former Knoxville Raceway champion and well-known driver Brian Brown in second place.
“That was an awesome race to be a part of,” Cox said. “To be competitive against a ton of big-name drivers gives me a ton of confidence.”
His finish put Cox 13th in points, locking him into the 30-lap feature. It also snapped a string of seven consecutive ASCS National Tour races in which Cox had to drive in a B Main.
“That makes the night so much calmer when I don’t have to run a B Main,” Cox said. “I never mind getting the extra laps at the track, especially when it’s my first time there. But it’s a lot more stressful to be in those B Mains.”
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