Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 09:04:08 AM EDT

Mark Cox

Mark Cox Racing Deals with
Unfortunate Circumstances at Dallas NHRA Race

The Mark Cox Racing team faced some tough times at last weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntech at the NHRA Championships in Ennis, Texas. Despite their valiant efforts, they were unable to make the race.

"This was very hard on our team," said rider/owner Cox. "However, we found out what our problem was and certainly have a positive outlook going into Vegas next weekend. We dropped out of the truck with a 6.618 ET at 203.57 mph and sat number three after first round qualifying. Then we continued trying to step up our tune-up and the bike just would not respond. We just could not get the bike happy."

The team was on the bump with a 6.57 ET in the final round of qualifying. Unable to improve their time in the last round, the bump moved to a 6.55 ET, which put the Mark Cox Racing team on the truck and out of competition.
"This was the fastest nitro Harley field ever in NHRA competition," said Johnny Vickers of Hawaya Racing, crew chief for Mark Cox Racing. "Usually we're able to pick our time up with the best of them, but it just didn't happen for us this weekend."

"We just felt something was wrong with the motor, so we tore the engine down to freshen it up for Vegas and found we had a piston problem which caused us to be down on horsepower. This apparently happened when we freshened up the bike after Rockingham. It's unfortunate, but we win as a team and lose as a team. I know what caliber of team we have and everyone knows we will bounce back from this and move forward," added Cox.

The season ending race for Mark Cox Racing will be next weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada for the AHDRA finale.

Sponsors for Mark Cox Racing this year include: Bojangles' Restaurants, Cross Roads Harley- Davidson, Wilkesboro HOG Chapter, AlliedSignal/Autolite, Barnett, Buell, Gates Rubber Company, Hawaya Racing, High Performance Coating, JIMS, LeBleu Bottled Water, Mac Brown Chevrolet, Performance Machine, Red Line Oil, Renegade, Simpson, Trailers of the East Coast, Vanson Leathers, Western Wristpin and WTQR.

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