Ray Cook Climbs to
Sixth in 17th Annual Bama Bash at EAMS!
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
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.
from East Bay Raceway Park
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
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.
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!!!
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
Cook Dominates Crate
Late Model Portion of Ice Bowl XXIII to Pocket $3,000!
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.