JR Motorsports announced on Monday morning that Raleigh, North Carolina native William Cox III will compete full-time for the organization’s Late Model Stock Car program in 2021 across the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour and other weekly events.
Cox admitted that he is eager to work alongside defending NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion Josh Berry as he takes the next step in his development, and is optimistic that past experience with the veteran will yield strong results to begin the year.
“This feels awesome,” Cox said. “From the time I began racing Pro Late Models, Josh Berry was there to help me get started, so [JR Motorsports has] had their eye on me for a while. I can’t thank them enough for such a great opportunity.”
Cox began his auto racing career at just 12 years old in 2017 when he began actively competing at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina, which opened the door for him to take part in events sanctioned by organizations such as The World Karting Association and United States Pro Karting Series.
In 2019, Cox elected to shift his focus over to oval racing by joining the Young Lions Division in Legends cars. Cox quickly emerged as one of the best drivers in the series and sealed the Young Lions national championship by leading all 30 laps in the U.S. Legends Nationals at Carteret County Speedway.
Plans for Cox to run a full Legends season in the Pro Series were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he participated in his first official Late Model test at Hickory Motor Speedway before making his debut in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series at Dillon Motor Speedway with DLP Motorsports.
Although Cox ended up behind the wall in 12th that day, he showcased the efficiency that propelled him to success in Legends competition by scoring three consecutive Top 5 finishes, including a career-best of second at Orange County Speedway.
Along with adding a handful of Late Model races to his calendar in 2020, Cox wanted to do everything possible to gain more experience in the bigger cars, but he believed that he got closer to finding his rhythm with every passing race.
“It’s been really fun so far,” Cox said. “The transition from a smaller Legends car to a big car with so much more horsepower was definitely different though.”
One of Cox’s Late Model appearances in 2020 was in the second CARS LMSC Tour race at Hickory in August, where he kept his car out of trouble and finished on the lead lap in 15th after starting in the 19th position.
While Cox anticipates some early challenges against competition like Bobby McCarty and defending series champion Jared Fryar, Cox has no doubt in his ability to improve on his first CARS LMSC Tour race this year with Berry and JR Motorsports providing him guidance.
“I definitely want to go for some wins,” Cox said. “I also want to prove myself out there against everyone else while also using my platform to promote the glory of God.”
Cox’s first CARS LMSC Tour race with JR Motorsports will be at the site of his Carolina Pro Late Model Series debut at Dillon on March 6.
Photo by JR Motorsports
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