The Sopwith Motorsports/Acorn Cabinetry Racing #82 appeared to be destined for a solid top ten run on Thursday night at State Park Speedway’s headline event when disaster struck on the front stretch.
Mid-American Stock Car Series stars Jeremy Spoonmore and Mark Pluer collided coming out of Turn 4, sparking a seven-car pile up near the start/finish line of the quarter-mile raceway. Sopwith driver Stephen Cox was in 9th position when he found the track in front of him blocked with sliding cars.
“I felt bad for Dan (Gilster, #23),” Cox said. “He was in the same position as me. We were both caught in somebody else’s wreck and I couldn’t avoid hitting him. I know Jeremy’s suspension was messed up pretty good, too. These are big, powerful cars and a quarter mile doesn’t afford you a lot of racing surface, so everyone ends up fighting over the same asphalt.”
The Sopwith machine, backed by Boschett Timepieces, was sent to the rear of the field after the accident. In the final laps of the event Cox worked his way back to 13th place when the checkered flag fell. “Randy and Claire Aubart put me in another good racecar and I appreciate that,” Cox said of his car owners.
The series moves on to Slinger Super Speedway north of Milwaukee on Sunday evening.