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Ray Cook Grabs Another Top Ten in First Trip to Ark-La-Tex Speedway!
(April 6, 2014) The MasterSbilt House Car team and driver Ray Cook were back in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition on Saturday evening, April 5 at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, Louisiana. Ray started off his night by clicking off the second fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying session and he later finished second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Eddie Carrier, Jr. After starting the $10,000 to win feature event from the inside of the fifth row, Ray put forth another solid showing in the 50-lap race. In front of a huge crowd in the series' first-ever stop at Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Ray battled inside of the top ten before eventually claiming a ninth place performance aboard his Optima Batteries / Seubert Calf Ranches / Superior Cleaning / Tommy Pope Construction / A+ Moving & Storage #53 MasterSbilt mount.

Unfortunately, the rest of the weekend was a wash for the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Both $10,000 to win showdowns - scheduled for Friday at Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, Mississippi and for Sunday at Outlaw Motorsports Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma - succumbed to inclement weather. Ray, who hails out of Brasstown, North Carolina, emerged from the April 4-6 weekend tied for sixth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from Saturday's tilt at Ark-La-Tex Speedway can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Top Ten for Ray Cook in Indiana Icebreaker; Now Sixth in Lucas Points!
(March 23, 2014) Ray Cook and the MasterSbilt House Car team invaded the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on Saturday, March 22 for the 17th edition of the 'Indiana Icebreaker.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again sanctioned the early-season special, which drew 45 competitors to the 1/4-mile fairgrounds complex. Ray started off his evening by laying down the sixth fastest lap in Group B during time trials prior to finishing second in his stacked heat race behind only prelim victor Earl Pearson, Jr.

When the feature grid went green in front of the standing-room-only crowd, Ray started the $10,000 to win main event from the outside of the fourth row. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace battled inside of the top ten throughout the caution-free 50-lapper and eventually brought his Optima Batteries / Seubert Calf Ranches / Superior Cleaning / Tommy Pope Construction #53 MasterSbilt machine home in the ninth position. With the top ten effort, Ray now finds himself up to sixth in the latest Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings. Full results from the 'Indiana Icebreaker' can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

Cook Earns Podium Finish in Tennessee Tipoff Classic Opener!
(March 9, 2014) The "Tarheel Tiger" Ray Cook debuted a brand-new MasterSbilt racecar for sponsor Tommy Pope on March 7-8 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee, as the National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) presided over the inaugural running of the 'Tennessee Tipoff Classic.' On Friday night in the $7,500 to win showdown, Ray clicked off the second quickest lap in Group B during time trials and later scored an impressive heat race triumph. After drawing the pole position prior to the start of the 40-lap main event, Ray ran second early in the race before eventually winding up a strong third in the final finishing order behind only victor Dale McDowell and runner-up Chris Madden.

At Smoky Mountain on Saturday evening, the stakes were raised even higher, as a $12,500 top prize was on the line in the 'Tennessee Tipoff Classic' finale. Ray posted the thirteenth fastest time in Group A during NDRL qualifying prior to running fifth in his stacked heat race and winning his B-Main. After rolling off from the inside of the ninth row in the 60-lapper, the Brasstown, North Carolina star was able to move up a couple of positions before notching a fifteenth place performance. Complete results from the action-packed weekend can be accessed online at www.thendrl.com.

Ray Cook Climbs to Sixth in 17th Annual Bama Bash at EAMS!
(March 2, 2014) Ray Cook took his own #53 Optima Batteries MasterSbilt racecar to the historic East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama on February 28-March 1 for the 17th edition of the 'Bama Bash.' The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) presided over the storied race, which paid a hefty $17,017 to win this year. On Friday night, Ray started his weekend by laying down the fourth fastest lap in his group during qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race behind only prelim winner Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist, and Billy Moyer.

When the feature field rolled to green on Saturday evening, Ray started the 75-lapper from the inside of the seventh row. The Brasstown, North Carolina native pitted early for fresh rubber and eventually wound up charging back through the talented field en route to a strong sixth place effort. Ray trailed only winner Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport, Clint Smith, Scott Bloomquist, and Don O'Neal to the checkers at EAMS. Complete results from the 'Bama Bash' weekend can be viewed by clicking on www.thendrl.com.

Cook Rallies Back to Eighth in Winterfest at Winchester Speedway
(February 23, 2014) Brasstown, North Carolina ace Ray Cook took fellow driver Charlie Parker up on his last-minute offer to pilot Parker's #27 MasterSbilt Gen-X machine on Saturday, February 22 at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Tennessee. The annual running of the 'Winterfest' program took place on Saturday and a $3,000 top prize was on the line for the Super Late Models. Ray started off his day by clicking off the third fastest lap in his group during time trials prior to taking the win in his consolation race.

The unsanctioned, one-day showdown was headlined by a 40-lap feature event and Ray rolled off from the inside of the sixth row. After running strong early in the race, Ray ducked into the pit area when a power steering hose came off, but crew members were able to make quick repairs and the "Tarheel Tiger" rejoined the field at the tail for the restart. Ray then rallied back through the pack during 'Winterfest' to salvage an eighth place performance. You can view complete results from Winchester Speedway by accessing www.winchesterspeedway.net.

Winternationals Results from East Bay Raceway Park
(February 15, 2014) The long week at East Bay Raceway Park wrapped up tonight with the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' finale, which paid $10,000 to the winner and was taped by the television cameras of the Lucas Oil Production Studios. Ray Cook timed in fifth quickest in Group A during the LOLMDS qualifying session prior to finishing third in his stacked heat race behind only prelim victor Jimmy Owens and runner-up Dennis Erb, Jr. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the 60-lap main event, Ray vaulted all the way up to the third position and was running there with only ten circuits remaining in the race. However, he faded in the waning laps and was paid for tenth at the pay window following the wild finish.

(February 15, 2014) A huge day/night doubleheader to close out the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' started earlier this afternoon with a $7,000 to win tilt, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday and subsequently postponed due to heavy rain showers. Ray Cook laid down the second fastest lap in Group B during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series time trials at East Bay Raceway Park and later scored the win in his heat race over Eric Jacobsen, Randy Weaver, and Jason Hughes. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace, who started the 35-lap A-Main from the outside of the second row, survived an opening lap skirmish and the one-groove track conditions to finish in the eighth spot.

(February 14, 2014) The first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points race of the week at East Bay Raceway Park took place tonight and a $10,000 payday was on the line. Ray Cook qualified fifth quickest in Group B during time trials and later finished third in heat race action behind only prelim winner John Blankenship and runner-up Steve Francis. After rolling off from the outside of the fifth row in the 50-lap feature event, Ray ended up finishing right where he started... in the tenth position.

(February 13, 2014) The 38th edition of the 'Winternationals' continued tonight at East Bay Raceway Park with a $7,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series battle, which was televised LIVE on the MAVTV television network. Ray Cook posted the tenth fastest lap in Group B during time trials, but later wound up seventh in his heat race after suffering mechanical woes while running in the second spot. After grabbing the third and final transfer position through his B-Main, Ray started the 45-lap main event from the outside of the eleventh row. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then vaulted up inside of the top ten of the feature before a broken header relegated him to a disappointing eighteenth place performance.

(February 12, 2014) Officials of East Bay Raceway Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have postponed tonight’s events from the 38th Annual 'Winternationals' due to rain. Tonight’s $7,000 to win showdown is rescheduled for Saturday morning, February 15. Tomorrow night’s - Thursday, February 13 - series program from East Bay Raceway Park will air LIVE on MAVTV starting at 9:30 PM EST. MAVTV can be found on DIRECTV on channel 214 and on DISH Network on channel 248. For cable subscribers, please check the local listings in your area.

(February 11, 2014) Round two of the six-race 'Winternationals' took place tonight at East Bay Raceway Park and another $5,000 top prize was up for grabs. Ray Cook laid down the ninth quickest lap in Group A during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying session, but experienced motor problems while doing so. Unfortunately, the #53 team was forced to scratch from the remainder of the show to install a new powerplant in their MasterSbilt racecar for Wednesday's $7,000 to win program.

(February 10, 2014) Ray Cook and the MasterSbilt House Car team rolled south to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida for tonight's $5,000 to win opener of the 38th Annual 'Winternationals,' which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Ray clicked off the fourth quickest lap in Group A during qualifying and later scored the win in heat race action. After starting the 25-lap main event from the inside of the second row, Ray unfortunately faded back a few spots to wind up eighth in the final rundown at the "Clay by the Bay."

Super Bowl of Racing Results from Golden Isles Speedway
(February 8, 2014) The "Tarheel Tiger" Ray Cook wrapped up the three-day 'Super Bowl of Racing' tonight at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia. Ray enjoyed his best run of the weekend in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition, as he timed in seventh quickest in Group B during qualifying prior to finishing third in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the fifth row in the $10,000 to win feature event, Ray moved past four competitors during the 50-lap televised race to notch a solid sixth place effort.

Behind the wheel of his #53 MasterSbilt in NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series action, Ray qualified eleventh fastest and later won his consolation race. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then started the $2,500 to win A-Main from the inside of the sixth row, but only completed 38 of the scheduled 50 circuits and wound up thirteenth in the final rundown.

(February 7, 2014) In the nightcap tonight at Golden Isles, a $10,000 top prize was on the line in the second round of the 'Super Bowl of Racing.' Ray Cook clicked off the ninth fastest lap in Group A during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying session, but later slipped back to sixth in his stacked heat race. After finishing fourth in his B-Main, Ray received a series provisional to gain access into the 50-lap feature event. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then passed eight competitors during the A-Main to salvage a fifteenth place performance.

In NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series competition, Ray qualified sixth fastest during time trials, which locked him into the outside of the third row for the start of the $2,500 to win A-Main. During the course of the 30-lapper, Ray moved up to the second spot before eventually finishing in third behind only victor Jason Fitzgerald and runner-up Jeremy Faircloth.

(February 7, 2014) Ray Cook was in action in the rain-postponed 'Super Bowl of Racing' opener earlier this afternoon at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia. Behind the wheel of the MasterSbilt House Car, Ray timed in fifth quickest in Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying and later ran third in heat race action. After starting ninth on the grid in the $5,000 to win feature event, Ray unfortunately suffered battery problems on lap 17 and retired in the twenty-first position.

The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then picked up his second victory of the 2014 racing season in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series portion of the afternoon program. Ray qualified ninth fastest during qualifying prior to picking up the win in his B-Main. The "Tarheel Tiger" then advanced from his ninth starting position in the 30-lap main event to grab the point on the 26th circuit. Ray recorded the $2,500 triumph over Jak Kicklighter, Joey Coulter, Mack McCarter, and Scott Lagasse, Jr.

(February 6, 2014) Tonight's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season opener at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia has been postponed until tomorrow morning due to persistent rain showers. The $5,000 to win event tomorrow morning will serve as the first race in a big doubleheader at GIS, as the regularly scheduled $10,000 to win showdown will be held in the evening. Additional information concerning the twin bill can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

A Brand New Website is Launched at www.RayCook53.com!!!
(January 12, 2014) Ray Cook Racing and MasterSbilt Race Cars, along with Delph Communications, are pleased to announce the launch of the brand-new www.RayCook53.com! The new website is dedicated to the racing efforts of Ray Cook, who was tabbed as the new MasterSbilt House Car driver a few months back. Ray and the MasterSbilt team, with primary sponsorship from Optima Batteries, will tackle the ultra-competitive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule in 2014. Be sure to keep visiting www.RayCook53.com to view the latest news, results, schedule changes, photos, and much more!!!

Cook Dominates Crate Late Model Portion of Ice Bowl XXIII to Pocket $3,000!
(January 6, 2014) Ray Cook Racing opened up the 2014 racing season in winning fashion over the weekend, as they dominated the Crate Late Model portion of ‘Ice Bowl XXIII’ at the Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama! Ray Cook, who is a multi-time Super Late Model winner in the prestigious event, clicked off the fastest lap overall of the 60+ Crate competitors during the qualifying session on Saturday, January 4 and later scored the win in heat race action. After starting Sunday’s 40-lapper from the outside of the front row, Ray grabbed the point at the drop of the green flag and never looked back en route to the $3,000 triumph. The Brasstown, North Carolina star claimed his first win of 2014 over Logan Yates, Jeff Smith, Jamie Oliver, and Larry Timms!

In Super Late Model competition at TST, Ray piloted a Bloomquist racecar for car owner Tommy Pope, whose business – Pope Construction – will be a sponsor on Ray’s personal racecar in 2014, as well as the MasterSbilt House Car. On Saturday, Ray timed in third quickest in his group during qualifying and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. With passing at a premium during the $6,000 to win main event on Sunday, the popular driver known as the “Tarheel Tiger” was able to work his way past seven competitors during the 50-lap affair to record a solid seventh place effort. You can view complete results from the ‘Ice Bowl XXIII’ at Talladega Short Track by pointing your web browser to www.talladegashorttrack.com.

 

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