Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox kept his record intact with a third place finish at Dominion Raceway on Saturday night, having now scored a podium finish in every start so far in 2018. His combined oval and road course efforts have produced one pole position, two seconds and a third place finish, although his first victory of the season remains elusive.
The three-way battle for the Super Cup Stock Car Series South Division title was renewed at the 4/10ths mile asphalt oval in northern Virginia. Cox qualified 5th in his STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21, just 2/1000ths of a second behind teammate Larry Berg and a few tenths further behind his South Division competitors Bob Schact and Ben Ebeling.
Cox ran in fourth position for the first half of the race before beginning a protracted duel with the #80 car of veteran Brent Nelson late in the event.
“Brent was faster early on, but I think he had a tire going down in the last few laps,” Cox recalled. “My spotter, Rick Ritter, walked me through traffic perfectly and kept encouraging me to pressure Brent more and more. I saw sparks coming out from under Brent’s car on the white flag lap and we finally got past him in Turn 2. Codie Rohrbaugh and everyone at C7R Motorsports gave me a great car that just got better and better throughout the race.”
The late-race pass produced a third-place finish for Cox and a podium result from every race so far in 2018. “Now we just need to win,” Cox said. “We’ve scored pole positions and podiums every time, but in order to get the (Super Cup Stock Car Series) South Division title we’re going to have to win.”
Cox’s next race is at Jennerstown Speedway on September 15th, followed by the Southern Division championship event when the Super Cup series returns to Dominion Raceway for the season finale on September 29th.
After the conclusion of the oval track season, Cox is scheduled to compete in the Electric GT Championship sportscar series in Europe beginning in Spain on November 3rd.