Cook Racing Scheduled to Start 2015 with Hangover Race at 411!
(December 15, 2014)
Following the conclusion of the recent Performance Racing Industry
show in Indianapolis, Ray Cook announced today that he plans to
open up his 2015 campaign on Thursday, January 1 with the 5th
Annual 'Hangover' race at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee!
Weather pending, the CT Promotions event will pay $4,000 to the
winner of the Super Late Model special. You can view the upcoming
2015 schedule dates that Ray confirmed today by clicking on the
SCHEDULE page of the website!
Ray Cook Closes Out
2014 Campaign in Gobbler 50 at Cleveland Speedway
22, 2014) Ray Cook Racing put the finishing touches
on their 2014 racing season on Friday night, November 21 in the
annual 'Gobbler 50' at the newly reopened Cleveland Speedway in
Cleveland, Tennessee. The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series
(SAS) presided over the Super Late Model portion of the program
and a $5,000 top prize was on the line. Ray Cook knocked down
the sixth fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying session
prior to scoring the win in his consolation event. After rolling
off from the inside of the sixth row in the 50-lap feature event,
Ray was able to move up a couple of spots on his way to a ninth
The Brasstown, North Carolina ace also entered a
Crate Late Model and vied for a $1,500 payday in the 'Gobbler
50' undercard. Ray clicked off the fastest lap during time trials
to earn Fast Time honors and later started the A-Main from the
pole position. He then ran second during the entire first half
of the race before he was wrecked by another competitor, which
sent him hard into the wall - severely damaging both ends of his
MasterSbilt racecar. You can view complete results from the 'Gobbler
50' by pointing your web browser to www.sasdirt.com.
Cook Seventh in Deep
Fried 75 at Duck River Raceway Park
16, 2014) Ray Cook and his #53 team ventured to
Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee over the chilly November
14-15 weekend. The 3rd Annual 'Deep Fried 75' was a Southern Nationals
Bonus Race and boasted an $11,000 winner's check. On Friday night,
Ray qualified third quickest in Group A during the time trial
session and later scored a heat race triumph on Saturday afternoon
at DRRP. After starting the 75-lap headliner from the pole position,
Ray ran second early in the distance before eventually fading
to a seventh place performance due to a loose racecar. Complete
results from the 'Deep Fried 75' weekend can be obtained online
Ray Cook Competes
in World Finals at Dirt Track at Charlotte...
9, 2014) Ray Cook Racing invaded the pristine
Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina from November
6-8 for the 8th Annual 'World of Outlaws World Finals.' The final
two events of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign
paid $12,000 to the winner and drew a stellar field of 77 competitors
to the 4/10-mile speedplant. With new sponsor Motion Sensors,
Inc. on board for the weekend, Ray Cook started on Thursday night
by posting the twenty-fifth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying
for Friday's program and the twenty-second quickest time for Saturday's
In front of a standing-room-only crowd in Charlotte,
Ray finished seventh in his heat race and sixth in his B-Main
on Friday night, while he wound up seventh in his heat race and
eighth in his B-Main on Saturday evening. Unfortunately, those
efforts were not able to put the Brasstown, North Carolina ace
into the 50-lap headliners, which were won by Darrell Lanigan
and Jimmy Owens respectively. Complete results from the extended
weekend in the Charlotte area can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Ray Cook Racing Welcomes
Motion Sensors, Inc. On Board for Charlotte!
5, 2014) With the upcoming 'World Finals' at the
pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte right around the corner, the
Ray Cook Racing team would like to welcome a new sponsor - Motion
Sensors, Inc. - on board for the November 6-8 weekend in Concord,
North Carolina. Motion Sensors, Inc. (MSI) has been manufacturing
speed sensors since 1970. Their original sensors were developed
to meet the extreme temperature cycling, high shock, and vibration
demanded by applications in the turbine flowmetering industry.
Over the years, their product line and expertise has significantly
expanded to include a wide range of speed sensing technologies
and industry applications.
Two rounds of qualifying will take place at the
4/10-mile oval on Thursday night, which will set the stage for
two separate shows on Friday and Saturday. The final two events
on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule will feature
50-lap main events, with each race paying $12,000 to the winner.
A standing-room-only crowd of over 15,000 spectators is expected
for the huge 'World Finals' weekend in the Charlotte area. You
can learn more about Motion Sensors, Inc. by pointing your web
browser to www.motionsensors.com.
Ray Cook Runner-Up
in SAS Showdown at Talladega Short Track!
19, 2014) Ray Cook was back behind the wheel of
Tommy Pope's #53 Warrior racecar over the October 17-18 weekend
at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama. The doubleheader,
which accompanied NASCAR's visit across the road at Talladega
Superspeedway, kicked off with an unsanctioned program on Friday
night. Ray posted the second quickest lap in Group B during the
qualifying session and later started the $2,000 to win feature
event from the outside of the second row. The Brasstown, North
Carolina ace was then battling for the second spot in the 30-lapper
when he unfortunately spun and was subsequently involved in a
wreck, which relegated him to a disappointing twenty-fourth place
The Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series (SAS)
then rolled into TST on Saturday evening to preside over a $4,000
to win shootout. Ray knocked down the fourth fastest time in Group
B during qualifying, which locked him into the outside of the
fourth row in the 40-lap headliner. The popular driver known as
the "Tarheel Tiger" was able to climb all the way up
to second at the track deemed as the "Hornets Nest"
to finish a strong runner-up behind only victor Riley Hickman.
Complete results from the double-dip can be found online at www.talladegashorttrack.com.
Cook Competes in Magnolia
State Cotton Pickin' 100...
12, 2014) Brasstown, North Carolina native Ray
Cook made his way to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi
on October 10-11 for the annual running of the 'Magnolia State
Cotton Pickin' 100.' The unsanctioned mega-event drew a whopping
72 competitors to "The Mag" to vie for the hefty $20,000
winner's check. Ray posted the eighteenth quickest lap overall
during Friday's qualifying session and later finished sixth in
his loaded heat race. The popular driver known as the "Tarheel
Tiger" then moved up to third in his B-Main, but that was
unfortunately one mere position out of a coveted transfer spot
into the 100-lap headliner. Complete results from the 'Magnolia
State Cotton Pickin' 100' weekend can be accessed online at www.magnoliadirt.com.
Ray Cook Earns Top
Ten in Rome Showdown at Rome Speedway
6, 2014) Ray Cook Racing rolled into the Peach
State on October 4-5 for a pair of $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series tilts. On Saturday night at the historic Dixie
Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia, Ray Cook ran sixth in his loaded
heat race prior to grabbing the third and final transfer spot
through his B-Main. After starting from the outside of the eleventh
row in the 50-lap 'Dixie Shootout,' Ray then improved eight positions
during the course of the headliner on his way to a fourteenth
The doubleheader weekend for the #53 team then wrapped
up on Sunday evening at the ultra-fast Rome Speedway in Rome,
Georgia, as another $10,000 top prize was on the line in the annual
running of the 'Rome Showdown.' Ray knocked down the fifth quickest
lap in Group B during qualifying and later finished third in his
heat race. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then worked his way
past three competitors during the 50-lapper en route to a solid
seventh place showing. Complete results from both Georgia tracks
can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Cook Claims $5,000
Winner's Check in Crate Late Model at EAMS!
29, 2014) Ray Cook celebrated in victory lane
for the fifth time in 2014 on Sunday, September 28 at the historic
East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama! Behind the
wheel of his #53 Crate Late Model, Ray went out last in qualifying
on Saturday and laid down the fastest lap during time trials to
earn the pole position for Sunday's 50-lap headliner. The Brasstown,
North Carolina native then officially led from flag-to-flag during
the 'Alabama State Championship' race to cash the $5,000 top prize
over Ronnie Johnson, Chase Edge, Steven Roberts, and Terrance
The team also entered that same MasterSbilt racecar
in the pair of Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series showdowns
over the 'Alabama State Championship' weekend at EAMS. On Friday
night, Ray finished sixth in his consolation race, but later stormed
past twelve competitors during the $2,000 to win feature to claim
a solid fifth place performance behind only victor Chris Madden,
Jake Knowles, Ronnie Johnson, and Ryan King. In Saturday's Chevy
525 Series finale, which boasted a $3,000 payday, Ray once again
ran sixth in the B-Main prior to storming all the way up to seventh
in the 50-lapper.
If that wasn't enough racing action for one weekend,
Ray also unloaded his Capital racecar to compete in a pair of
$4,000 to win Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series (SAS) battles.
He started on the pole in Saturday evening's 40-lap main event
and led early in the race, but was unfortunately involved in an
incident while running second that relegated him to a disappointing
seventeenth place effort. In Sunday afternoon's 40-lapper, the
popular driver known as the "Tarheel Tiger" wrapped
up his ultra-busy weekend with a tenth place run. Complete results
from Phenix City can be viewed by logging onto www.eamsdirt.com.
Ray Cook Climbs to
Seventh in King of the Mountain Fall Classic
21, 2014) Ray Cook Racing stormed into Smoky Mountain
Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday evening, September
20 for the 'King of the Mountain Fall Classic.' Ray Cook was unable
to lock himself directly into the $5,000 to win feature event
through Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series (SAS) qualifying,
but he did grab the second transfer spot through his consolation
race. After starting the 40-lap headliner from the outside of
the sixth row, Ray was able to move past five competitors during
the caution-free affair to land in the seventh finishing position.
Complete results from Smoky Mountain Speedway can be obtained
online at www.sasdirt.com.
Performance in Fall Championship at Dixie Speedway
14, 2014) Ray Cook and his #53 team were back
in the pit area at the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia
on Saturday, September 13 for the annual 'Fall Championship.'
Ray posted the second quickest lap during the qualifying session
at the D-Shaped venue and later started the $3,000 to win feature
event from the outside of the front row. The Brasstown, North
Carolina standout then raced hard towards the front of the field
during the course of the 40-lapper and eventually guided his new
Capital car to a third-straight runner-up performance behind only
victor Randy Weaver. Full results from Dixie Speedway can be accessed
online at www.dixiespeedway.com.
Cook Sets Fast Time
at Dixie Speedway; Finishes Runner-Up to Page
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
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
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