Ron Cox (racing driver)
July 12, 1966
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
|Related to||Wayne Hixson (stepfather)|
|ARCA Racing Series career|
|Former teams||Hixson Motorsports, Shaver Motorsports, Bobby Gerhart Racing|
|Best finish||4th in 2001|
|Finished last season||22nd (2017)|
|1998||Hooters Pro Cup Series|
|Last updated on: April 10, 2020.|
Ronald "Ron" Cox (born July 12, 1966) is an American professional stock car racing driver, who has competed in the ARCA Menards Series for over 20 years. A longtime driver for the Hixson Motorsports team, and competed nearly his entire career with that team, owned by his stepfather.
1980s and 1990s
Cox made his debut in what was then known as the ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series in 1984, with a DNQ at Springfield dirt track when he was 17 years old. He would not return to the series until 1987, where he attempted three races and failed to qualify for two. In 1988, Cox only attempted Springfield again, but failed to qualify. After another three years without a start in ARCA, Cox returned again in 1991 for the Talladega race in a No. 46 car.
In his first full ARCA season in 1999, he was the series' rookie of the year. He drove Hixson's No. 23 Chevrolet and would finish eighth in points despite not qualifying for one race. Despite being about the same statistically in 2000, Cox dropped to eleventh in the standings that year. However, he did get his first top-5 race finish in ARCA, which came at the Kentucky race. 2001 was Cox's best year in the points, where he finished fourth, even without getting a top 5 race finish. For 2002, Cox drove the No. 23 in most races but was moved to one of the team's other cars, the No. 50, in a few races. However, the following year, he was back in the No. 23 for all races again. He finished ninth in points in both 2002 and 2003.
Cox's 2003 season was notable for him spinning out future NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch, who was driving for Hendrick Motorsports at the time, in the race at Pocono. "Ron Cox wrecked me for no reason. I had the fastest car on the track, and he couldn't deal with it. But someday I'll be up in Winston Cup, and he'll still be a nobody." Busch ended up being exactly on point with this statement, as he quickly would reach the Cup Series and now has won two championships and over fifty wins in that series as of 2020, while Cox never even made it to a series higher than ARCA and remained with the Hixson team for the next handful of years.
Cox made his first start of 2009 at Salem. He was originally scheduled to be in Hixson's No. 23, which would have been his first race in that number since 2005. However, this changed when he drove the No. 57 for Hixson that weekend instead. For the rest of the year, he made five more starts, which came at Rockingham, Talladega, Mansfield, Springfield, and DuQuoin. At the DuQuoin race, Cox had a surprisingly amazing run, grabbing a second place finish and leading eleven laps in the race. 2010 saw Cox racing five times, with Palm Beach in the No. 29 and the other four in the No. 23. His best finish was a tenth at Salem.
In 2011, Cox returned for almost the full season (only missing five out of nineteen races), driving mostly the No. 28. However, he crashed out in about half of all his starts.
He made two starts 2012, none in 2013, and two in 2014. Cox's last start came in 2017 at Iowa Speedway, returning to the Hixson Motorsports No. 3 for the first time in three years.
Cox currently works as an industrial technology and weightlifting teacher at Sale Creek Middle/High School in his hometown of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, and has served as a high school football head coach at the school, and prior to that, coaching the Soddy Daisy Middle School football team. He founded the Sale Creek High School football program in 2012 and was the team's first coach. His assistant coach, Roy Shipley, worked as a pit crew member for Cox when he was a driver, and some of his students built one of his ARCA cars one year for the race at Nashville Superspeedway as part of a Motorsports program he founded at the school.
He previously was a teacher at Sequoyah High School, which is also the high school he attended and was on the football and wrestling teams for.
He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Motorsports career results
ARCA Racing Series
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- "Burning Busch The Phenom of the ARCA Circuit, Excitable Teen Kyle Busch May Someday Surpass Big Brother Kurt". Sports Illustrated Vault. ABG-SI LLC. September 1, 2003. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
- Phillips, David (March 28, 2009). "ARCA Re/Max Getting Ready For Second Race of Season". Bleacher Report. Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
- Mercer, John (December 3, 2019). "Golden Apple: Ron Cox". News 12 Now. WDEF. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
- "Teacher Websites: Ronald Cox". Hamilton County Schools. School Messenger. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
- Hargis, Stephen (October 19, 2012). "Ron Cox to coach football at Sale Creek". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Associated Press. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
- Ron Cox driver statistics at Racing-Reference
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