Pulls Double-Duty at Virginia Motor Speedway in USA 100
17, 2015) Ray Cook and his #53 team pulled double-duty
on Saturday evening, May 16 at the state-of-the-art Virginia Motor
Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia. The Ultimate Super Late Model Series
sanctioned the annual running of the 'USA 100' and a $10,000 top
prize was on the line. Ray posted the fifth quickest lap in his
group during the qualifying session and later finished sixth in
heat race action. After starting the 50-lap main event from the
outside of the ninth row, Ray had moved forward past a few cars
early in the distance before overheating woes sent him pitside
with a twenty-first place performance.
In the Crate Late Model portion of the 'USA 100'
program, Ray timed in third fastest in his group during Fastrak
Racing Series qualifying. After a fourth place run in his heat
race, the Brasstown, North Carolina ace steered his new Capital
racecar to a fifth place effort in the $3,000 to win headliner.
Ray trailed only winner Daniel Baggerly, Walker Arthur, Davis
Lipscombe, and Tyler Bare at the checkers. Complete results from
VMS can be accessed online at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
Ray Cook Runner-Up
in World of Outlaws Stop at Smoky Mountain!
10, 2015) Ray Cook Racing returned to competition
on Saturday evening, May 9 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville,
Tennessee, as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series presided
over a $10,000 to win throwdown at the Knoxville-area speedplant.
Ray Cook knocked down the fourth quickest lap in Group B during
the qualifying session and later scored the win in his loaded
heat race. After redrawing the outside of the front row prior
to the start of the 50-lap headliner, Ray ran second throughout
the distance en route to an impressive runner-up showing behind
only victor Scott Bloomquist. Complete results from the trip to
Smoky Mountain Speedway can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Cook Bags $6,000 for
Spring Thaw Victory at Volunteer Speedway!!!
19, 2015) After Mother Nature wreaked havoc once
again on his Spring Nationals Series in the Peach State of Georgia
on April 17-18, Ray Cook streaked back north on Saturday to pick
up his #53 ride in hopes of making it to Volunteer Speedway in
Bulls Gap, Tennessee in time for the annual running of the 'Spring
Thaw.' With cars in line to hot lap when he pulled into the pit
area, Ray was able to unload just in time to lay down the second
quickest lap overall during the Carolina Clash Super Late Model
Series qualifying session. The Brasstown, North Carolina standout
then led all fifty circuits from his front-row starting spot en
route to capturing the $6,000 payday ahead of Billy Ogle, Jr.,
Donald McIntosh, Vic Hill, and Stacy Boles! Complete results from
"The Gap" can be accessed online at www.carolinaclash.com.
Ray Cook Finally Breaks
Through for Spring Championship Win at Dixie!!!
12, 2015) Ray Cook Racing finally broke through
to capture their first victory of the 2015 racing season on Saturday
evening, April 11 at the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock,
Georgia! After several near misses and some bad luck along the
way, Ray Cook picked up the $3,000 paycheck in the annual 'Spring
Championship' at the Atlanta-area speedplant. Ray posted the fastest
lap during the qualifying session to earn the pole position for
the 40-lapper, which he eventually led from flag-to-flag. Behind
his #53 Capital racecar at the checkers were machines driven by
Jason Hiett, Todd Morrow, Dale Thurman, and Jason Croft. Full
results from the unsanctioned 'Spring Championship' at Dixie can
be accessed online at www.dixiespeedway.com.
Cook Breaks Birdcage
Battling for Second at Smoky Mountain Speedway...
29, 2015) Ray Cook and his #53 team ventured to
Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday evening,
March 28 for an Ultimate Super Late Model Series tussle. Ray laid
down the third quickest lap during the qualifying session, which
locked him into the inside of the second row for the start of
the $5,000 to win main event. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace
was then running in the second spot on lap 38 when a broken right
rear birdcage caused him to retire from the 50-lap affair. Ray
was placed a disappointing fifteenth in the final finishing order
at SMS due to the mechanical woes. Complete results from the Knoxville-area
speedplant can be viewed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Ray Cook Challenges
for Win in Southeastern Classic; Finishes Second to Hiett
15, 2015) Ray Cook Racing made a late-week decision
to head to Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia on Saturday evening,
March 14 for the 'Southeastern Classic.' The unsanctioned Super
Late Model special at the Atlanta-area facility boasted a $5,000
payday. Armed with a motor loaned to him by Kenny Lamb Race Engines,
Ray Cook knocked down the sixth quickest lap during the qualifying
session. After rolling off from the outside of the third row in
the 50-lap headliner, Ray blasted past four competitors during
the distance and put forth a strong challenge for the win on the
last circuit. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace settled for an
impressive runner-up effort in the 'Southeastern Classic' behind
only race winner Jason Hiett. Full results from Dixie can be viewed
online at www.dixiespeedway.com.
Sideline Ray Cook Early at North Georgia Speedway...
8, 2015) Ray Cook and his #53 team returned to
racing action on Saturday evening, March 7 at North Georgia Speedway
in Chatsworth, Georgia. The Ultimate Super Late Model Series presided
over their season opener at NGS and a $4,000 top prize was on
the line. Ray timed in seventh quickest overall during the qualifying
session, which locked him into the inside of the fourth row for
the start of the 40-lap feature event. Unfortunately, his oil
pump belt came off on lap four of the headliner, which caused
him to retire in the twenty-fourth position. Full results from
North Georgia Speedway can be accessed by clicking on www.ultimatesupers.com.
Pair of Podium Efforts
for Cook in Crate Late Model in Winter Freeze!
8, 2015) Ray Cook Racing traveled south to Screven
Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia over the February 6-7 weekend
to compete in the 'Winter Freeze V' extravaganza. While they were
unable to bring their Super Late Model, Ray Cook did compete in
the Crate Late Model portion of the weekend. On Friday night,
Ray timed in seventh fastest during the qualifying session and
later climbed up to third in the $1,500 to win feature event.
At Screven on Saturday evening, the Brasstown, North
Carolina star qualified fourth quickest during time trials prior
to placing second in the dash. After starting the $2,000 to win
main event from the outside of the front row, Ray led the first
34 circuits in the 40-lapper before eventually settling for a
strong runner-up effort behind only victor Ben Faircloth. Complete
results from Screven Motor Speedway can be found online by pointing
your web browser to www.screvenmotorsports.com.
Ray Cook Suffers Engine
Woes in Cabin Fever 40 at Boyd's Speedway...
1, 2015) Ray Cook and his #53 team made the trip
to Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Saturday, January 31
for the annual running of the 'Cabin Fever 40.' The unsanctioned
Super Late Model special at the Chattanooga area facility boasted
a $3,000 top prize. Ray clicked off the fastest lap of the 48
competitors during qualifying and later finished second in the
dash. After starting the 40-lap main event from the outside of
the front row, Ray was running in the third spot on lap 26 when
terminal motor problems ended his night prematurely. The Brasstown,
North Carolina standout was dropped to seventeenth in the final
finishing order of the 'Cabin Fever 40.' Complete results from
Boyd's Speedway can be accessed online at www.boydsspeedway.net.
Cook Runner-Up in
Crate Late Model Portion of Ice Bowl at TST
12, 2015) Ray Cook Racing was busy during the
'Ice Bowl' weekend at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama
on January 10-11, as they entered both a Super Late Model and
a Crate Late Model at the track deemed as the "Hornets Nest."
In Super Late Model competition, Ray Cook fought ignition woes
all weekend. Ray qualified sixth fastest in his group during qualifying
on Saturday and later finished fifth in heat race action. After
running third in his B-Main on Sunday, Ray received a Past Champion
Provisional and rolled off from the outside of the thirteenth
row in the $6,000 to win headliner. During the course of the 50-lapper,
the Brasstown, North Carolina ace hustled his #53 ride past fifteen
competitors en route to a steady eleventh place performance.
Behind the wheel of his Crate Late Model, Ray laid
down the quickest lap in his group during the qualifying session
and later scored the win in his heat race. After starting the
40-lap main event from the inside of the second row, Ray was a
major factor to vie for the $3,000 top prize. The popular driver
known as the "Tarheel Tiger" quickly moved up to second,
battled for the lead in lapped traffic, and eventually settled
for a runner-up effort behind only race winner Jason Welshan.
Complete results from the busy 'Ice Bowl' weekend can be obtained
by clicking on www.talladegashorttrack.com.
Ray Cook Opens 2015
Campaign with Sixth Place Run in Hangover 40
2, 2015) Ray Cook and his #53 team kicked off
their version of the 2015 racing season as soon as they could,
as they entered the 5th Annual 'Hangover 40' at 411 Motor Speedway
in Seymour, Tennessee on Thursday, January 1. A strong field of
46 competitors signed into the unsanctioned Super Late Model special,
which boasted a $4,000 winner's check.
Ray started his afternoon by posting the sixth fastest
lap in his group during the qualifying session and later placed
second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Walker Arthur.
After starting the 40-lap headliner from the outside of the sixth
row, Ray did the best he could with his 525 motor on the rough,
hooked-up racetrack. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace moved up
six positions during the 'Hangover 40' to bag a solid sixth place
performance in his season lid lifter behind only winner Donald
McIntosh, Walker Arthur, Stephen Breeding, Pierce McCarter, and
Jeremy Hines. Complete results from 411 Motor Speedway can be
accessed by pointing your web browser to www.411motorspeedway.net.