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Ray Cook Enters Lucrative North/South 100 Weekend at Florence
(August 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!
(August 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 visiting www.boydsspeedway.net. (Ronnie Barnett Photo)

Ray Cook Wins Heat Race; Winds Up Seventh in Mountain Moonshine Classic
(July 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. (MRM Racing Photo)

Cook Caught Up in Tangle in Ultimate Series Stop at North Georgia...
(June 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!
(June 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!
Click to Enlarge!(May 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 Engine.

"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...
(May 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
(April 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. (Wells Racing Photography)

Ray Cook Captures Top Five Showing at North Georgia Speedway!
(March 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...
(February 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 place showing.

Ray Cook Posts Top Ten Effort in Season Opener at Boyd's Speedway
(January 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 at www.boydsspeedway.net.

Cook Kicks Off 2017 Season at Boyd's; Announces Early Season Dates
(January 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 Racing Photography)

Ray Cook Cashes $4,000 Paycheck for Winning Season-Ending Hangover!
(January 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. (Wells Racing Photography)

 

 

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