Cook Earns Top Five
in 10th Annual Ironman Classic at Smoky Mountain
17, 2014) Ray Cook and his #53 team stormed into
Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday evening,
August 16 for the 10th Annual 'Ironman Classic.' The Southern
Nationals Series Bonus Race paid $5,010 to the winner. Ray clicked
off the fourth quickest lap in Group B during the qualifying session,
which locked him into the outside of the fourth row for the start
of the 40-lap headliner. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then
picked off four competitors during the A-Main to notch a strong
fourth place outing behind only victor Chris Madden, Randy Weaver,
and Skip Arp. Full results from the 'Ironman Classic' can be found
online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.
Ray Cook Enters $50k
North/South 100; Finishes Third in Non-Qualifiers Race
10, 2014) For the first time in nearly a month,
Ray Cook returned to racing action on August 8-9 in the 32nd edition
of the 'North/South 100' at the venerable Florence Speedway in
Union, Kentucky. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again
presided over the $50,000 to win crown jewel event, which featured
a passing points format for the first time instead of the normal
qualifying procedure. Ray slipped to tenth in his first heat race
on Friday night, while he finished sixth in his second prelim
of the evening.
Following a seventh place effort in his B-Main on
Saturday, Ray was unfortunately unable to transfer into the 'North/South
100,' which was eventually won by Eddie Carrier, Jr. The Brasstown,
North Carolina standout somewhat salvaged his weekend in the Bluegrass
State by running third in the $2,500 to win Non-Qualifiers Race
behind only victor Scott James and runner-up Steve Shaver. Full
results from the 'North/South 100' weekend can be accessed online
Cook Rallies to Fourth
in Ultimate Series Stop at North Georgia Speedway!
13, 2014) Ray Cook and the Tommy Pope Racing team
struck out to North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia on
Saturday, July 12 for the annual running of the 'Earnest and Raymond
Young Memorial.' The Ultimate Super Late Model Series presided
over the single-day affair, which boasted a $4,000 top prize.
Ray timed in thirteenth quickest during the qualifying session,
but later finished second in the B-Main. After rolling off from
the outside of the sixth row in the 40-lap headliner, the Brasstown,
North Carolina star blasted past eight competitors en route to
a strong fourth place showing. Ray trailed only winner Randy Weaver,
Riley Hickman, and Tom Maddox to the checkers. Full results from
North Georgia Speedway can be viewed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Ray Cook Sweeps Holiday
Weekend Action at Talladega and Tazewell!
6, 2014) The "Tarheel Tiger" Ray Cook
picked up a pair of victories over the 4th of July holiday weekend
in the states of Alabama and Tennessee! His busy weekend started
on Thursday, July 3 at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama.
Driving a Warrior racecar out of the Tommy Pope Racing stable,
Ray set fast time during qualifying for the weekly Super Late
Model event, which earned him the pole position for the start
of the 30-lap feature. Ray then grabbed the top spot early in
the race and drove away from the field to collect the $1,200 paycheck
over Tim Roszell, Jason Hiett, Ross Martin, and Terry Smith!
On Saturday evening, July 5, Ray unloaded his own
#53 MasterSbilt at the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell,
Tennessee for a Southern Nationals Series Bonus Race. Ray knocked
down the third quickest lap during the qualifying session at "The
Taz" and later started the 40-lap headliner from the inside
of the second row. The Brasstown, North Carolina star then assumed
the point on lap 16 and led the remainder of the distance en route
to the $5,000 triumph over Justin Rattliff, Chad Ogle, Brad Neat,
and Dennis Roberson! Complete results from the action-packed weekend
can be accessed online at www.talladegashorttrack.com
Cook Leads Early;
Finishes Third at Historic Dixie Speedway
29, 2014) Ray Cook and his #53 team strolled into
the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia on Saturday
evening, June 28 for an unsanctioned Super Late Model program,
which boasted a $2,000 top prize. Ray laid down the second quickest
lap during the qualifying session, which locked him directly into
the outside of the front row for the start of the 30-lap feature
event. After leading the field for the first eighteen circuits,
Ray lost a couple of spots on restarts and eventually wound up
in the third position behind only victor Michael Page and runner-up
Donald McIntosh. Complete results from the Atlanta-area speedplant
can be accessed online at www.dixiespeedway.com.
Ray Cook Stays Out
of Trouble; Finishes Ninth at Smoky Mountain
22, 2014) Ray Cook Racing headed to Smoky Mountain
Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday evening, June 21
for the inaugural visit to the track by the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series. The 'Lucas Oil Ole Smoky Moonshine Classic' drew
a huge crowd to the Knoxville-area speedplant for the $10,000
to win special event. Ray Cook fought engine issues all night
long, but managed to finish eighth in his heat race and second
in his B-Main to transfer into the 50-lap headliner. During the
course of the attrition-filled race, Ray stayed out of trouble
and picked up eleven positions while doing so en route to a respectable
ninth place performance. Complete results from the 'Lucas Oil
Ole Smoky Moonshine Classic' on Saturday can be accessed online
Cook Competes in $20k
Clash at the Mag at Magnolia Motor Speedway!
15, 2014) Ray Cook hooked back up with Tommy Pope
Racing on June 13-14 to compete in the annual 'Clash at the Mag'
at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi. The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided over the two-day
showdown, which drew 44 entrants to "The Mag" to vie
for the hefty $20,000 top prize. On Friday night, Ray qualified
eighteenth fastest in Group A during time trials, but later climbed
to fifth in his loaded heat race.
Following a runner-up effort in Saturday's consolation
race, Ray rolled off from the inside of the tenth row in the 100-lap
main event. In front of the television cameras of the Lucas Oil
Production Studios, the Brasstown, North Carolina native was able
to move forward in the 'Clash at the Mag' - despite suffering
a flat tire - and eventually netted a fourteenth place performance
in the extra-distance affair. Complete results from Magnolia Motor
Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Ray Cook Charges to
Top Five in Bill Ingram Memorial at Dixie!
8, 2014) Ray Cook Racing traveled to the historic
Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia on Saturday, June 7 for the
unsanctioned 'Bill Ingram Memorial.' Ray Cook started off his
evening by posting the fifteenth fastest lap during the qualifying
session, which locked him into the inside of the eighth row for
the start of the $3,000 to win feature event. Ray was then on
the move early and often throughout the A-Main, as he blasted
all the way up to fourth to finish behind only race winner Donald
McIntosh, Jake Knowles, and Johnny Chastain. Complete results
from Dixie Speedway can be obtained by logging onto www.dixiespeedway.com.
Cook Invades Florence
Speedway for 28th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial
1, 2014) Ray Cook and the Tommy Pope Racing team
ventured to the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky
on Saturday evening, May 31 for the 28th edition of the 'Ralph
Latham Memorial.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again
presided over the historic race, which drew 36 entries all vying
for the $10,000 top prize. Ray started off his night by clicking
off the seventh quickest time in Group B during qualifying and
later finishing second in his heat race behind only prelim victor
The Brasstown, North Carolina native was then scheduled
to start the 50-lap feature event from the outside of the third
row, but a misunderstanding in the tire rule for the event sent
him pitside for a different compound on the right front and left
rear of his #53 MasterSbilt entry. Ray returned to the track for
the start of the race, but was forced to start from the tail end
of the stellar field. At the conclusion of the 'Ralph Latham Memorial,'
the popular driver known as the "Tarheel Tiger" had
made it back up to the sixteenth position. Complete results from
Florence Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Top Five for Ray Cook
in WoO Show at Duck River Raceway Park!
19, 2014) The "Tarheel Tiger" Ray Cook
had a pair of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Late Model Series
shows on his schedule for May 17-18 in the Volunteer State of
Tennessee. Following a rain-out of Saturday's program at Smoky
Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Ray traveled to Duck River Raceway
Park in Wheel on Sunday to battle the cars and stars of the national
touring series. The Brasstown, North Carolina native timed in
fifth fastest in Group B during qualifying and later finished
second in his heat race. After redrawing the sixth starting spot
prior to the 50-lap feature, Ray enjoyed a fast racecar throughout
the caution-free affair and was fifth at the finish behind only
winner Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, Mike Marlar, and Rick Eckert.
Full results from Sunday's special at Duck River can be viewed
online at www.woolms.com.
Ray Cook Eighth and
Fifth in Doubleheader Weekend at TST!
4, 2014) Ray Cook and the Tommy Pope Racing team
invaded Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama on May 2-3
for a huge doubleheader that accompanied NASCAR weekend across
the road at Talladega Superspeedway. On Friday night, a $2,000
top prize was up for grabs in the unsanctioned weekend opener.
Ray timed in fourth quickest in Group A during qualifying, which
locked him into the inside of the fourth row in the main event.
The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then ran a solid race in the
feature and brought his #53 MasterSbilt machine home in the eighth
At the track deemed as the "Hornets Nest"
on Saturday evening, the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series
(SAS) rolled into town and a $4,000 payday was on the line. Ray
laid down the fourth fastest lap in Group B during the time trial
session and later started the 40-lapper from the outside of the
fourth row. The popular driver known as the "Tarheel Tiger"
then worked his way past three competitors during the A-Main to
claim a strong fifth place performance behind only victor Todd
Morrow, Jason Hiett, William Thomas, and Jake Knowles. Complete
results from TST can be obtained by clicking on www.talladegashorttrack.com.
Cook Claims Podium
Finish at Smoky Mountain Despite Flat Right Rear Tire
27, 2014) Ray Cook was back behind the wheel of
Tommy Pope's #53 MasterSbilt entry on Saturday evening, April
26 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. The Southern
All Stars Dirt Racing Series (SAS) presided over the single-day
showdown and a $5,000 winner's share was on the line. Ray clicked
off the fastest lap in Group B during SAS time trials, which locked
him into the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap
The Brasstown, North Carolina native then ran second
throughout much of the A-Main before getting passed for the runner-up
position in the waning laps. Despite shredding a right rear tire
on the final circuit, Ray limped his mount home in the third position
to claim a podium effort behind only victor Billy Ogle, Jr. and
runner-up Mike Marlar. Complete results from Smoky Mountain Speedway
can be viewed online at www.sasdirt.com.
Car Team Dissolves; Cook Readies for Smoky Mountain
23, 2014) In an announcement made earlier this
week by Tader Masters, the MasterSbilt House Car team has been
dissolved effective immediately, which means that Ray Cook's journey
in the Optima Batteries-sponsored ride on the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series trail was a short one. Making only eleven starts in
2014 with the Crothersville, Indiana-based team, Ray had racked
up seven Top Ten finishes and is currently tied for sixth in the
latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. While Ray is certainly
disappointed in the decision to fold the House Car program, the
Brasstown, North Carolina ace will now compete in a full schedule
in 2014 driving his own equipment and a MasterSbilt car fielded
by car owner Tommy Pope (pictured right).
Ray will be behind the wheel of Tommy Pope's machine
this Saturday night, April 26 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville,
Tennessee. The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series (SAS) will
roll into the Knoxville-area facility to preside over a $5,000
to win show. You can view the schedule dates that Ray has confirmed
so far for the rest of 2014 by clicking on the SCHEDULE
page of the website! (MRM