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

Stephen Cox Seeks 20th Career Victory at Topeka This Weekend

. For the first time since 2016, Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return to a road course at this Saturday’s “Fire on the Prairie” 6-Hour Endurance Race sanctioned by NASA Pro Racing at Heartland Park Topeka. Cox will qualify the car for Mike Halley’s RealAutoSport team, which specializes in rally racing. He will then participate in two NASA sprint races before driving the first stint for the 5-driver team in the endurance race. “This is a rally car reconfigured to road race,” Halley said. “It will be heavier than the competition and have fewer ‘go fast’ bits. This RX7 Read More

So Now the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wants Short Track Fans to Return?

. Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced a new event designed to draw short track fans back to the mecca of motorsports. A quarter mile dirt track will be constructed inside Turn 3 for a USAC midget race, which will be held in the first week of September in an effort to pump up sagging attendance at the Brickyard 400 stock car race. Speedway president J. Douglas Boles told the Indianapolis Star, “The short track community in a lot of ways is the heart and soul of racing, so… we thought, ‘Is Read More

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

. Stephen Cox Blog is Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance Ford Motor Company built 128,893 Mustang coupes during the 1980 model year, making my Medium Blue Glow four cylinder example anything but rare. I bought the car when I was seventeen and it was my primary transportation for a decade. It now has nearly a quarter of a million miles on the odometer. Since the car has little value, I figure there’s no point in selling it. I might as well rebuild the car into what Ford would and should have created had it not been for the interference of Read More

Stephen Cox Wins Hard Charger, Places 2nd at Kingsport

. C7R Motorsports driver Stephen Cox didn’t have the car he wanted in qualifying for Friday night’s twin 50-lap Super Cup Stock Car Series events at Kingsport Speedway, but he was fast when it counted. Starting in ninth position at eastern Tennessee’s “Concrete Jungle,” Cox’s STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 won Super Cup’s Hard Charger Award by improving eight positions for a runner-up finish to Ben Ebeling, who won by two car lengths. “The last caution came out with four laps to go,” Cox recalled. “I tried everything. I tried to push him down to the bottom of the track Read More

Stephen Cox Opens Super Cup South Title Chase This Weekend

. Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return for another run at a Super Cup divisional championship this year behind the wheel of the STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 at this weekend’s Operation: Johnson Kitty Friday Night Thunder at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway. The Super Cup series will headline the night’s activities with dual 50-lap main events, each featuring at least three drivers with multiple starts in the Daytona 500 (Bob Schacht, Brad Teague, Mike Potter). “These guys are so hard to beat. Everybody’s fast now,” Cox said. “The series has grown so much over the past two years that in Read More

Cox Signed by RealAutoSport to Drive 6 Hours at Heartland

. Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox has added NASA Pro Racing’s “Fire on the Prairie” 6-hour endurance race to his summer schedule after reaching an agreement with Tulsa’s RealAutoSport race team earlier this week. The NASA 6-Hours will be held on Heartland Motorsports Park’s 2.5-mile, 14-turn road course on July 14th. Preparation of RealAutoSport’s Mazda was overseen by team principal and former national rally champion Mike Halley, who first signed Cox to drive in 2003. “Mike’s cars are always well prepared and it’s always a privilege to race with him,” said Cox, who drives with support from STA-BIL brand Fuel Read More

1922 INDY 500: Two Boys, a Train and the Making of a Race Fan

Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance Here’s a short story to help you enjoy this year’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. In the spring of 1922, Alton Hartley was a college student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He and a friend decided they wanted to attend the 10th International 500 Mile Sweepstakes, as the race was then known, on Tuesday, May 30th. Having no car, Hartley and his friend needed a cheap method of transportation for the 65-mile southbound trip to Indianapolis and the local freight train beckoned. Hopping trains was illegal and considered trespassing in Read More

Cox Returns to Super Cup With C7R Motorsports

Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return to C7R Motorsports and the Super Cup Stock Car Series for a third consecutive year in 2018. Cox, the track record holder and 2017 race winner at Ohio’s Midvale Speedway, will participate in eight SCSCS events. He will vie for the Southern Division crown with support from STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer. “I’m really thankful to return to C7R, and I’m grateful that my friends at STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer are back on board as well,” Cox said. “That kind of continuity is what makes good things happen for a race team. Our car was brand Read More

The Birth of the Fox Mustang

Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance They won’t get any cheaper than they are right now. Ford’s famous Fox Mustangs, built from 1979 through 1993, are now at the bottom of their value curve. The Fox Mustangs derived their nickname from the 1978 Ford Fairmont, which had been internally designated as the “Fox Project” within Ford’s management and design teams. Since the Mustang borrowed the Fairmont’s platform, the “Fox” name was naturally adopted for the 79-93 Mustangs within Ford and eventually by the public as well. Ford president Lee Iacocca had overseen the design of the original Mustang Read More