Throwback Thursday: A Memorable Day for Mike Cope

1994 was a fantastic year for Florida racing standout Mike Cope, and the second race of the Slim Jim All Pro Series was a memorable date as he walked out of Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) with a race win and the series points lead.

 

Cope led 207 laps during the season opener at Mobile, only to see the victory get taken away after contact with Jody Ridley was deemed too aggressive. Ridley was awarded the win and Cope was moved back to second.

 

On April 9, Mike Cope had something to prove at Montgomery as he led 160 of the 200 laps to score the win and start off the season on a strong note.

 

Despite not racking up wins throughout the 1994 season, Cope was a top-five machine.  He rattled off three runner-up finishes in a row in July and followed that up with four-straight top-five finishes.

 

He picked up his second win of the year and his second-straight Winchester 400 in October.

 

In the last three races of the season, Cope ran all 1200 laps to clinch the NASCAR All Pro title, a feat he would repeat in 1996.

 

In 1995, Cope would return to Winchester to win the 400 for a third-straight year.

 

Other Racing Events on This Date

 

1960 – Donnie Allison won a NASCAR Modified race at Hollywood Speedway (FL).

 

1977 – Satch Worley beat out Jerry Cook for a victory at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). The event was called the Easter 200 and was a doubleheader with the Late Models. Bill Hensley was third and Harry Gant was fourth. Cook would win the National Championship, while Worley would finish fifth.

 

1977 – Tommy Houston won the Late Model portion of the Hickory Easter 200. Houston had double digit wins in 1977 while chasing NASCAR points.

 

1994 – Ed Kosiski picked up a win at Adams County Speedway (IA) for his only touring series win of the year with the Busch All-Star Series. Kosiski is an eight-time NASCAR track champion.

 

1994 – Tony Stewart won a Midget race at Ventura Raceway (CA). Later that season Stewart would pick up two more wins at the California track.

 

-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy

-Photo credit: Jeff Sandt

Throwback Thursday: A Memorable Day for Mike Cope