“Racers, Save Your Hearing!” Said Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Larry Rice was one of the finest men in auto racing, but I never quite understood why he always wanted to drive my rental car. It was 1999 and Larry and I were co-hosting what then known as the Championship Off Road Racing series (CORR) on EPSN2 for racing announcer extraordinaire and motorsports entrepreneur Marty Reid. I was in awe of Larry. In addition to his twin USAC Silver Crown titles and USAC national midget championship, he had also won the co-Rookie of the Year Read More

Discovery in Indiana Attic Sheds New Light on Construction of Winchester Speedway

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona”   Winchester Speedway’s web site advertises the track as the “world’s fastest half mile.” And now we know why. The recent discovery of a handwritten 1922 letter offers a few small clues as to how builder Frank Funk constructed a facility that still holds the world record for half mile tracks more than a century later. Frank Funk was a successful farmer who owned a home and a large tract of land just west of Winchester, Indiana on State Road 32. Part of this land Read More

COLLECTOR CARS: Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 4

  Stephen Cox Blog is Presented by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions The steering system on a base model 1980 Ford Mustang is not exactly track ready. Light and numb, it offers little road feel and an overly wide lock-to-lock ratio. Increasing the size and width of the original 13-inch tires actually makes the steering worse, not better. Honestly, driving this combination just isn’t much fun. The installation of a 400 horsepower Windsor small block, 15-inch Anson Slot wheels and a new Dynomax Super Turbo dual exhaust tempts the driver to push the car beyond the reasonable safety limits of its original Read More

Stephen Cox Returns to Trucks, Dirt Track Racing

. When Stephen Cox competes in the CRS Truck series at Beckley Motorsports Park in West Virginia this weekend, he could become one of the few racing drivers to score top five finishes on dirt ovals, asphalt ovals and road courses all during the 2018 season. The versatile Indianapolis racer signed with team owner Billy Strehle today to drive Beckley’s 3/8 mile clay oval in a 375 horsepower CRS race truck this Saturday in the series’ first-ever appearance at the track. Although Cox raced trucks on asphalt in the ARCA Truck Series in 2012 and 2013, he hasn’t been on Read More

SHORT TRACK: An Homage to a Forgotten Series

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions Hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) ran exciting, wheel to wheel stock car races on short tracks around Indiana. This series was distinct from and should not be confused with today’s southeastern CARS series that descended from the old Hooters ProCup series. The original CARS series was Indiana-based, founded by former ARCA driver Morris Coffman. The concept was built around a spec stock car chassis powered by 305 cubic inch Chevrolet small block engines with two-barrel carburetors that produced Read More

Stephen Cox to Drive for SSR Engineering at Hallett’s “October Rush”

Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox has been signed by Scuderia Shadetree Racecar (SSR) Engineering to co-drive the World Racing League’s “October Rush” twin endurance races on October 19-21 at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit near Tulsa. The team will soon announce the complete three-driver line up for its Subaru BRZ #51 sports car which will compete in the GP2 class. The team will test on Friday, October 19, followed by twin eight-hour endurance races on Saturday and Sunday. Supported by STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer, Cox is returning to road racing after three seasons in stock cars. His last full campaign in Read More

Stephen Cox Takes Hard Charger, Third Place Season Points Finish

. When the Super Cup Stock Car Series 2018 campaign wrapped up at Virginia’s Dominion Speedway Saturday night, it was still a three-way battle for the Southern Division points championship. Driving the STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21, Stephen Cox was third in the title chase and needed to win the race and have points leaders Bob Schact and Ben Ebeling finish outside the top ten in order to secure the title. “My spotter and crew chief both suggested driving deep into the corners, which we had really tried to avoid last time we were here,” Cox said. “But the car Read More

Battle for Super Cup South Title To Be Decided This Weekend

Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox sits in third position going into this weekend’s Super Cup Stock Car Series Southern Division championship event at Dominion Raceway in Virginia, but he needs help to win the title. “All I can do is go for the pole and try to lead every lap and win the race, then see what happens,” Cox said. “If either of the top two cars finish in the top five, the math doesn’t work. We need to win and we need some luck.” Cox’s STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 has been fast all season, finishing on the podium Read More

Podium Finish Keeps Stephen Cox in Super Cup South Contention

. 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 Read More

Stephen Cox Returns to Ovals at Dominion Raceway This Weekend

. After a pole winning run at Heartland Park Topeka three weeks ago, Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox returns to his short track roots with the Super Cup Stock Car Series this weekend. Driving the STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 Chevrolet for C7R Motorsports, Cox will participate in the Patrick Miller Photography Twin 50’s Presented by Best Western Plus at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway. Both feature events will be televised nationally on the MavTV network in September. Cox is currently 8th in the Super Cup Southern Division points chase after a pair of second place finishes at Kingsport Speedway in July. Read More