Back in action in the Midwest following Southern Iowa Speedweek, Justyn Cox and his Van Dyke Motorsports team were in action for a trio of races against the Sprint Invader’s where Cox tallied three top-10’s including a third place finish on Friday night in Bloomfield, IA.
With 28 cars on hand Friday night, Cox drew high for his heat race, as the 35 pill put him in the third row for heat race action.
On a very fast track early in the evening, Cox was able to work his way into the fourth spot at the stripe, putting his Lucas Oil/K&N Products/JRI Shocks machine in the feature event, where he lined up in the sixth row.
When the feature went green, the Clarksburg, CA driver found the high side to his liking, as he crept up to the ninth spot.
Running ninth during much of the feature, Cox started to move around on the speedway, and found something on the bottom of the track, that allowed him to really begin making up ground.
Cox was able to make huge gains on the bottom, as he quickly found himself advancing up to the fourth spot.
In heavy traffic, Cox seemed to use it to his advantage as he was able to work up to the third spot, before a caution waived with just a few laps remaining, bunching the field up.
With two lapped cars in between him and the lead duo, Cox was unable to get them during the waning laps, and he settled for a third place finish.
“Friday night we were awesome,” he said. “I got off to a slow start, but when I found the bottom, I think we had the fastest car on the track, the lead duo was just out front and had stretched to a pretty big league.”
Saturday night, Cox and his team were in action the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA, for double feature night with the Sprint Invaders.
Pulling a high pill again, Cox found himself starting seventh in his heat race, though he was able to race very well, and scored a third place finish, safely putting him in the feature, but from the sixth row again.
Underway, Cox got into the eighth spot by the fifth lap. The sixth and seventh place cars were in a race of their own, as they stayed hooked to both the top and bottom of the speedway, forcing Cox to wait for an opening.
The opening never seemed to come for Cox, and he would finish eight, putting him 11th in the second feature event.
Cox and his team tried something different for the second feature, and it did not work out for them, as the car was extremely loose.
Cox would hang to score a 10th place finish.
“Saturday night we were pretty good in the first feature, but we couldn’t get past the sixth and seventh place guys as they were racing each-other pretty hard. In the second feature it was just a handful, as he played with some stuff that we learned didn’t work.”
Justyn and his Van Dyke Motorsports team would like to thank Lucas Oil, K&N Products, JRI Shocks, Rodgers Racing Engines, K1 Safety Gear, JRD Endeavors, Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, Worton Designs, and College Cyclery for their support during the 2013 season.
2013 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-38, Wins-2, Top 5’s-11, Top 10’s-18
ON TAP: Cox and the Van Dyke Motorsports team will remain in Midwest as they will be in Cameron, MO on Friday, the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday and at the Huset’s Speedway on Sunday night.
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