Cook Enters Lucrative North/South 100 Weekend at Florence
13, 2017) The #53 team traveled to Florence Speedway
in Union, Kentucky on August 10-12 for the 35th edition of the
'North/South 100,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The three-day crown jewel extravaganza
kicked off on Thursday night with the 'North/South Shootout' and
a $10,000 payday was on the line. Ray Cook qualified twenty-eighth
fastest in Group B during the time trial session before placing
ninth in his heat race and fourteenth in his B-Main. Unfortunately,
Ray was unable to transfer into the 50-lap feature event, which
was eventually won by Jimmy Owens.
On Friday evening, the 'North/South 100' officially got underway
with two rounds of qualifying heat races at the undersized 1/2-mile
speedplant. Ray ran ninth in his first heat race of the night
and tenth in his final prelim. At Florence on Saturday, the Brasstown,
North Carolina native finished eighth in his B-Main and tenth
in the Non-Qualifiers Race, which meant that he was not able to
earn a coveted starting spot in the $50,000 to win headliner.
Full results from the Cincinnati-area facility can be viewed by
pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Cook Claims First
Win of 2017 in Jason Deal's Ride at Boyd's Speedway!
6, 2017) Ray Cook took advantage of a last minute
decision to pilot Jason Deal's #7 Crate Late Model on Saturday
evening, August 5 by putting his Capital ride in victory lane
at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia! Ray tripped the clock
fourth fastest overall during qualifying before scoring a victory
in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap Crate Late Model
special from the outside of the front row, Ray led each and every
circuit in the headliner to bag the $2,500 payday ahead of Shane
Tankersley, Matt Steward, Ahnna Parkhurst, and Will Roland! Full
results from the Chattanooga-area facility can be accessed by
(Ronnie Barnett Photo)
Ray Cook Wins Heat
Race; Winds Up Seventh in Mountain Moonshine Classic
9, 2017) Wynn Motorsports rolled into Smoky Mountain
Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday evening, July 8 for
the annual running of the 'Mountain Moonshine Classic,' which
was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
A stout 32 car field assembled at the 4/10-mile complex to vie
for the $12,000 winner's check. Ray Cook stopped the clock third
quickest in Group A during the time trial session and later scored
an impressive heat race triumph in his prelim. After starting
the 60-lap finale from the pole position, Ray hung around towards
the front of the stellar field before brake issues late in the
distance caused him to slide to seventh in the final rundown of
the 'Mountain Moonshine Classic.' Complete results from Smoky
Mountain can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Cook Caught Up in
Tangle in Ultimate Series Stop at North Georgia...
18, 2017) The Wynn Motorsports team and driver
Ray Cook invaded North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia
on Saturday evening, June 17. The single-day Ultimate Super Late
Model Series throwdown in northern Georgia boasted a $4,000 payday.
Ray clicked off the seventh quickest lap during the qualifying
session and later started the 40-lapper from the inside of the
fourth row. The Brasstown, North Carolina standout then moved
up inside of the top five during the headliner, but was later
caught up in a tangle that sent him pitside for the remainder
of the night. Ray was eventually relegated to a sixteenth place
effort in his second outing with Wynn Motorsports. Full results
from this race can be viewed by clicking on www.ultimatesupers.com.
Ray Cook Debuts with
Wynn Motorsports; Lands on Podium at Dixie!
11, 2017) Ray Cook made his debut with Wynn Motorsports
on Saturday night, June 10 at the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock,
Georgia. The annual 'Bill Ingram Memorial' took center stage at
the Atlanta-area speedplant and a $3,000 top prize was on the
line. Ray stopped the clock fourth fastest overall during the
qualifying session prior to running fourth in the dash. The Brasstown,
North Carolina standout then moved up to the third at the drop
of the green flag in the headliner and ran there for all forty
circuits to eventually finish behind only victor Derek Ellis and
runner-up Jason Croft. Full results from the 'Bill Ingram Memorial'
can be viewed online at www.dixiespeedway.com.
Cook Announces New
Ride with Wynn Motorsports; Set to Debut Next Month!
18, 2017) With action heating back up on his
Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals and Schaeffer's Oil Southern
Nationals Bonus Series tours in the upcoming weeks, along with
at his hometown Tri-County Race Track, Ray Cook will be focused
on his promoting duties the next few weekends. However, the popular
driver known as the "Tarheel Tiger" is excited to announce
that he has partnered with Dublin, Georgia-based Wynn Motorsports
for the remainder of the 2017 racing season. Capital Race Cars
is currently putting the finishing touches on a brand-new #53
machine, which will be powered by a new Andy Durham Ford Racing
"I'm really pumped up and excited about the opportunity
with Wynn Motorsports and I can't wait to get started racing with
them sometime in June hopefully," exclaimed Cook this week
via telephone. "Marshall (Green) at Capital kinda put this
whole deal together and when he mentioned driving for someone
with a new car and new motor, I thought it sounded too good to
be true. Low and behold, here we are about ready to go racing
and I can't thank Marshall enough along with the entire Wynn family."
"It's no secret that with all of the stuff I have going
on with all three series, the racetrack, and American Racer South,
I wasn't able to keep my own racing program where it needed to
be," Cook went on to say. "This will take a lot of strain
off of me personally and put me back in first-class equipment,
so we can go race some of these bigger shows and be competitive."
Ray and Wynn Motorsports will most likely hit the race track
for the first time together sometime during the month of June.
While a complete schedule has not been finalized at this time,
the team expects to enter 20-25 races the rest of the year - primarily
in the Southeast. A couple of crown jewel races are being considered,
but the majority of shows will be regional events in the states
of Georgia and Tennessee.
Missing Motor Causes
Cook to Retire Early at Blue Ridge...
14, 2017) Ray Cook and his own #53 team were
in action on Saturday evening, May 13 at Blue Ridge Motorsports
Park in Blue Ridge, Georgia, as the Schaeffer Oil Iron-Man Mountain
Championship Series rolled into the Peach State. Ray clicked off
the seventh quickest time during the qualifying session prior
to starting the $3,000 to win headliner from the inside of the
fourth row. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace quickly moved up
to fifth in the running order, but unfortunately was forced to
pull pitside with a missing motor. Not wanting to hurt the powerplant,
Ray opted to retire from the 30-lapper and was placed fourteenth
in the final finishing order. Full results from this show can
be viewed online at www.blueridgemotorsportspark.com.
Cook Suffers Rare
Mechanical Issue in Iron-Man Challenge at I-75
9, 2017) Ray Cook Racing traveled to I-75 Raceway
in Sweetwater, Tennessee on Saturday evening, April 8 for a Schaeffer
Oil Iron-Man Mountain Championship showdown. Ray Cook laid down
the fifth quickest lap overall of the sixteen entrants during
the qualifying session, which automatically locked him into the
inside of the third row for the start of the $3,000 to win feature
event. The Brasstown, North Carolina standout then vaulted to
as high as third early in the 30-lap headliner before breaking
the flywheel bolts off his #53 machine, which was a first-time
occurrence in his long racing career. The mechanical problems
forced Ray to retire from the event and relegated him to a disappointing
fifteenth place showing. Full results from I-75 Raceway can be
accessed online at www.i75raceway.com.
Ray Cook Captures
Top Five Showing at North Georgia Speedway!
5, 2017) Ray Cook and his #53 team were in the
pit area for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series opener on Saturday,
March 4 at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia. A stout
31 car field assembled in northern Georgia for the $4,000 to win
shootout. Ray clicked off the fourth fastest time during the qualifying
session, which locked him into the outside of the second row for
the start of the 40-lap main event. The Brasstown, North Carolina
star then hung around the front of the field throughout the feature
distance - eventually landing in the fifth finishing position
behind only victor Brandon Overton, Jason Welshan, Mike Marlar,
and Jason Hiett. Complete results from North Georgia Speedway
can be obtained online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Winter Freeze Nightly
Results from Screven Motor Speedway...
18, 2017) Night two of the annual 'Winter Freeze'
at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia took center stage
tonight and a $10,000 winner's check was on the line in the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdown. Ray Cook, who
once again wheeled an Advanced Motorsports entry, laid down the
twelfth quickest lap in Group B during time trials before placing
fifth in his loaded heat race. Following a B-Main triumph, Ray
was unfortunately an early retiree in the 50-lap headliner and
was eventually paid for twenty-third at the pay window.
(February 17, 2017)
The Advanced Motorsports team helped kick off
the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season tonight
in the $8,000 to win 'Winter Freeze' opener at Screven Motor Speedway
in Sylvania, Georgia. Ray Cook wheeled their #11b Capital racecar
to the seventeenth fastest lap in Group A during time trials prior
to running sixth in his heat race and second in his B-Main. After
rolling off from the outside of the tenth row in the 40-lapper,
Ray blasted past nine competitors en route to a solid eleventh
Ray Cook Posts Top
Ten Effort in Season Opener at Boyd's Speedway
29, 2017) Ray Cook Racing lifted the lid on their
2017 racing season on Saturday, January 28 at Boyd's Speedway
in Ringgold, Georgia. The Schaeffer's Oil Iron-Man Championship
Series presided over the annual running of the 'Cabin Fever 40'
and a $3,500 top prize was on the line for the 36 Super Late Model
competitors in attendance. Ray Cook laid down the fourth quickest
time in Group B during the qualifying session, which locked him
into the outside of the fourth row for the start of the 40-lap
main event. With passing at a premium throughout the daytime affair,
Ray hung around the back part of the top ten throughout the distance
and eventually wound up ninth in the final finishing order. Full
results from the Chattanooga-area facility can be located online
Cook Kicks Off 2017
Season at Boyd's; Announces Early Season Dates
16, 2017) Fresh off a season-ending win on the
last day of 2016, Ray Cook Racing has recently released some early
season 2017 race dates right here at www.RayCook53.com. Ray Cook
plans to sling dirt for the first time in his '17 campaign during
the annual running of the 'Cabin Fever 40' at Boyd's Speedway
in Ringgold, Georgia on Saturday, January 28. The Schaeffer's
Oil Iron-Man Championship Series special will boast a $3,500 winner's
check. Following the lid lifter at Boyd's, Ray has announced that
he plans to enter both the 'Winter Freeze' at Screven Motor Speedway
in Sylvania, Georgia on February 17-18, as well as the 'Frostbuster'
on February 25 at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee. You
can view Ray's tentative schedule throughout the year by clicking
on the SCHEDULE
page of the website! (Wells
Ray Cook Cashes $4,000
Paycheck for Winning Season-Ending Hangover!
1, 2017) Ray Cook and his own #53 race team closed
out their version of the 2016 racing season in triumphant fashion
on Saturday, December 31 in the annual 'Hangover' special at 411
Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee! Ray posted the second quickest
time in Group B during qualifying for the unsanctioned Super Late
Model throwdown and later started the 40-lap headliner from the
outside of the second row. The Brasstown, North Carolina hotshoe
then tracked down early race leader Donald McIntosh before putting
his Capital racecar out front to lead the fifteenth circuit. Ray
then held on to the point for the remainder of the feature distance
to pocket the $4,000 payday for his third victory of 2016 over
Mike Marlar, Jason Cardwell, Jason Welshan, and Russell Erwin!
Full results from the season-ending 'Hangover' can be viewed by
pointing your Internet browser to www.411motorspeedway.net.