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Cook Sets Fast Time at Dixie Speedway; Finishes Runner-Up to Page
(September 7, 2014) Ray Cook Racing made another trip to the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia on Saturday, September 6 for a weekly Super Late Model show. Armed with his new Capital racecar, Ray Cook clicked off the quickest lap during the qualifying session to earn Fast Time honors. After drawing a six for the invert, Ray stormed past four competitors and battled for the lead on several different occasions before settling for a strong runner-up effort behind only victor Michael Page. Complete results from Dixie Speedway can be viewed online at www.dixiespeedway.com.

Ray Cook Runner-Up in Capital Debut at Dixie Speedway
(August 31, 2014) Brasstown, North Carolina native Ray Cook traveled to Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia and Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia on August 29-30 for a pair of Labor Day weekend races. On Friday night at Boyd's, a $3,000 top prize was on the line in an unsanctioned special at the Chattanooga-area facility. Ray, who was aboard a Warrior racecar out of the Tommy Pope Racing stable, qualified third fastest in time trials. He then led a majority of the 40-lap feature event until stripping a spool in the rearend while leading on lap 31, which relegated Ray to a disappointing eighteenth place effort.

At Dixie on Saturday evening, Ray debuted a brand-new Capital racecar in a $2,000 to win weekly show at the historic Atlanta-area venue. After timing in fourth quickest during time trials in his new ride, Ray started the headliner from the outside of the second row. Despite encountering engine woes late in the distance, the popular driver known as the "Tarheel Tiger" hung on to a strong runner-up performance behind only victor Jason Croft. Complete results from both holiday weekend races can be accessed online at www.boydsspeedway.net and www.dixiespeedway.com.

Cook Earns Top Five in 10th Annual Ironman Classic at Smoky Mountain
(August 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. (MRM Racing Photo)

Ray Cook Enters $50k North/South 100; Finishes Third in Non-Qualifiers Race
(August 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

Cook Rallies to Fourth in Ultimate Series Stop at North Georgia Speedway!
(July 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!
(July 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 and www.southernnationalsseries.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

Cook Leads Early; Finishes Third at Historic Dixie Speedway
(June 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
(June 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 at www.lucasdirt.com.

Cook Competes in $20k Clash at the Mag at Magnolia Motor Speedway!
(June 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!
(June 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
(June 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 Duane Chamberlain.

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!
(May 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!
(May 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 position.

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
(April 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 feature event.

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.

MasterSbilt House Car Team Dissolves; Cook Readies for Smoky Mountain
(April 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 Racing Photo)

 

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