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Mechanical problem stalls Cooper's Jegs bid


A strange mechanical problem might just have kept Medical Lake’s Justin Cooper out of the winner’s circle at the National Hot Rod Association’s Jegs All-Stars Super Comp division June 2 at Route-66 Dragway in Joliet, Ill.

Following a hair-splitting victory over Val Torres in round-one of the eight car race, Cooper red-lighted, leaving too early at the start. But it was not by Cooper’s hand he said.

“I had a mechanical failure that caused the car to roll out of the stage,” Cooper wrote in an email. His opponent, Austin Williams would make a solo run and advance to the championship against Mike Robilotto, who won the championship.

Racing in his first Jegs championship, Cooper used a quicker reaction time to topple Torres, a four-time Jegs participant. The two racers turned identical elapsed times of 8.909 seconds with the edge going to Cooper .003 to .017 of a second at the start of the race.

Cooper earned his berth as the National Hot Rod Association’s Northwest Division Super Comp champion from 2017. There are 10 Jegs All-Star classes for what are known as NHRA’s Sportsman racers.

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