September 19, 2013
Sopwith driver and Mecum Auto Auctions co-host Stephen Cox will compete in the 48th annual National Short Track Championships (NSTC) at Illinois' Rockford Speedway on September 29th.
Driving the Boschett Timepieces #31 Ford, Cox will make his first appearance in the half-century-old classic that began in 1966. The NSTC is a 3-day, season-ending event that holds championship races for Super Late Models, the Mid-American Stock Car touring series, Big 8 Late Models, NASCAR Late Models and others. Cox will compete in the 75-lap Mid-American title event on Sunday afternoon.
“You just go through the results and see drivers that have competed at the National Short Track Championships, from guys that won it like Mark Martin, or guys who used it to bolster their career like Jamie McMurray or Clint Bowyer,” said speedway General Manager Gregg McKarns. “The Who's Who of American stock car racing has graced the high banks of Rockford Speedway in the last 48 years. That's a tradition that we're proud to continue.”
In addition to the national title fight, Cox will also compete for Rockford Speedway's “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet Award.” This unique trophy awards a World War II bullet casing to the driver who sets fast time in qualifications.
“Rockford Speedway knows how to put on an event, that's for sure,” said Cox in anticipation of his first appearance at the track. “This whole event is sort of a legend in short track racing. Now there are racing festivals all over the country, but this was the first. It's like Daytona's Speedweeks for short trackers.”
In 9 combined oval and road racing starts in 2013, Cox has scored a pair of Top 5's and seven Top 10 finishes.