51 car goes round the outside, round the outside, round the outside
May 13th at Colorado National Speedway looked like a raceday from days gone past with a great line up of Super Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Figure 8’s. The Super Stock class had a good turnout of 23 cars, and put on a great show.
Jax Hughes’ 51 car felt good in practice, sporting a fresh set of tires. The track was a little slower than usual, and his qualifying time wasn’t the best he’s turned - but good enough to get him 2nd quick for the day. It was actually 3rd quick, but Chris Cox in the 49 car had his time disallowed for the use of a wheel spacer.
The fast dash had Jax lined up on the outside of row 1. The 06 car of Jeff Dempewolf was right behind him and got a great jump on the start. He pushed his way into 3- wide, and Jax found himself on the outside of a very fast first lap.
Holding on to the marbles for a couple of laps, he was able to get in behind the 3 of Mike Cox, but could not get back around. He followed out the rest of the race there, finishing 5th.
Colorado National Speedway uses a pill draw system for starting spots in the Main. The fast dash drivers each draw a pill for their position, and the dash drivers fall in line in the order they finished their heat. After a great qualifying effort and a decent heat race, Jax drew the “10” pill, 5th row outside. All eyes were on the 49 “SixPack” Ford of Chris Cox, starting dead last on the field.
Jax found himself in that outside lane for most of the race, and had a couple more 3-wide moments up by the wall.
With a very closely matched field, it is hard to make up a lot of ground from the middle of the pack, but a late race pass of the 82 car got him up to a 7th place finish. Now, Chris Cox is a different story, and was able to work his way all the way through the field, battle his dad, Mike Cox in the 3 car for the lead, and take his second victory of the season. Behind Mike Cox was Scott Miller in the 14 Nova, the 06 of Jeff Dempewolf, and Mikayla Grote rounded out the top 5.
We are really excited to have Sundance Automotive Repair jump in with some help for the season. If you’re looking for a good, honest, and dependable shop to keep your ride in top shape, be sure to check out Ron, Rob, and the team at 26th and Kipling in Lakewood. Sundance joins in with Colorado Axle and Gear and KLG Motorsports as sponsors on the 51 car and we want to say THANK YOU for all of your support!