July 12, 2013
The Boschett Timepieces/Sopwith Motorsports race team continued to improve this week by scoring a second top ten finish in only its fourth event with the Mid-American Stock Car Series.
On Thursday night the tour stopped in Wasau, Wisconsin at State Park Speedway for the 40-lap Kim Parsons Memorial. After a poor performance in practice, the Boschett crew examined the car and found a broken front spring cup to be the cause. Borrowing a new spring cup from the #54 team of Mark Pluer, the team returned to practice and found that the left side ride height had failed tech and required adjustment.
The Boschett crew had to start from scratch yet again to set the car up based on the new ground clearance. Nevertheless, driver Stephen Cox set a new team mark in qualifying by posting the 12th quickest time in only his fourth start.
The Boschett car was loose during the early stages of the event but the track tightened up as the race went on. Cox was running in 10th place after a caution period midway through the race, one position behind his teammate, Tim Fulford.
“The car wasn't great, but it was a little better for the second half of the race,” Cox said. “Tim and I battled hard for probably 15 laps before I finally got past him. He had his hands full with a loose car but he's such a great shoe. He never gives up and he runs you clean in every corner.”
Thanks to the work of crewmen Russell Willingham, Chris Gagne, Jerry Hansche and Rick Tackman, Jr., the Boschett/Sopwith car finished a strong 9th place, matching their best result in the Mid-American series.
The race will air on a tape-delay basis on TUFF TV and Untamed Sports TV nationally. Wisconsin viewers will see the race on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, while web viewers can watch the full program at Motorsportsworld.TV. Air times will be announced soon.