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Ray Cook Bags Pair of Top Tens in One Day at EAMS & NGS!
(November 12, 2017) Ray Cook, of Brasstown, North Carolina, started his November 10-11 weekend at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama, as he had plans of competing in the 43rd edition of the 'National 100.' On Friday night in the opening $5,000 to win prelim for the Super Late Models, Ray laid down the fifth quickest lap in Group B during time trials to earn the outside of the fifth row for the start of the 43-lap feature, which was postponed to Saturday afternoon due to rough track conditions. Ray then tried to miss the holes and stay out of trouble during the main event and was able to emerge from the attrition-filled race in the ninth position.

The decision was then made to forego the remainder of the 'National 100' at EAMS and Ray instead left Alabama in hopes of making it to North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia on Saturday evening for a $3,000 to win unsanctioned Super Late Model showdown. The popular driver known as the "Tarheel Tiger" made it to the track just in time to line up at the tail of the 30-lap headliner. During the caution-free affair, Ray blitzed up inside of the top ten and eventually netted a solid sixth place performance. Full results from both Saturday races can be found online at www.eamsdirt.com and the North Georgia Speedway Facebook page.

Cook Competes in Caution-Free Opener at Senoia; Sees Rain on Saturday
(October 29, 2017) The Wynn Motorsports team and driver Ray Cook rolled into Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on October 27-28 for the 2nd Annual 'Showdown at Senoia.' On Friday night in the $3,000 to win unsanctioned opener, Ray qualified ninth fastest in his group during the time trial session before placing second in his consolation race. After starting the 30-lapper from the inside of the eighth row, Ray wound up sixteenth in the final finishing order of the caution-free affair. Saturday's weekend finale at the "gray gumbo," which was to be sanctioned by the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series and pay $10,000 to the winner,' was unfortunately wiped out by heavy rain showers. Full results from the shortened weekend at Senoia can be obtained by clicking on www.senoiaraceway.com.

Ray Cook Leads Early; Finishes Fourth at Blue Ridge!
(October 22, 2017) Ray Cook and the Wynn Motorsports team ventured to Blue Ridge Motorsports Park in Blue Ridge, Georgia on Saturday night, October 21 for a Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series showdown. Ray was fast right out of the box, as he laid down the quickest time in Group A during qualifying to earn the pole position for the $4,000 to win contest. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then led the first six circuits of the 40-lap headliner before eventually slipping to fourth at the checkered flag. Finishing ahead of his #53 Capital ride was winner Donald McIntosh, Kurt English, and J.T. Seawright. Full results from Saturday in the Peach State can be obtained online by clicking on www.southernnationalsseries.com. (Brian McLeod Photo)

Cook Finds No Luck in $15,000 Fall Classic at Ponderosa...
(October 15, 2017) The #53 team was back in Super Late Model competition on October 13-14 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky, as the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series sanctioned the 27th running of the 'Fall Classic.' A strong 34 car field assembled at "Kentucky's Baddest Bullring" and all eyes in attendance were fixated on the hefty $15,000 winner's check. On Friday night during preliminary action, Ray Cook laid down the eighth fastest lap in Group B during time trials before unfortunately getting caught up in a heat race skirmish. Ray then returned on Saturday evening, but a fourth place run in his B-Main was not quite good enough to transfer him into the 75-lap headliner, which was won by Zack Dohm. Complete results from Ponderosa Speedway can be accessed online by clicking on www.southernnationalsseries.com.

Ray Cook Competes in Lucas Oil Stops in Peach State of Georgia
(October 2, 2017) Next up for Wynn Motorsports was a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series throwdowns in the Peach State, as both the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia hosted lucrative races in front of huge crowds over the September 30-October 1 weekend. On Saturday night in the annual 'Dixie Shootout,' which paid $12,000 to the winner, Ray Cook laid down the fourth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying, but was unable to transfer into the 60-lap feature after hitting something on the racetrack during his heat race and finishing tenth in his B-Main. In the $10,000 to win 'Rome Showdown' on Sunday evening, Ray once again unfortunately missed out on the 50-lap headliner after running eighth in his heat race and tenth in his B-Main. Full results from both LOLMDS shows can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Cook Leads Majority of Bonus Race at Smoky Mountain, Finishes Third!
(September 24, 2017) Ray Cook and the Wynn Motorsports team strolled through the pit gate at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday night, September 23 for the 'Harvest Festival,' which was sanctioned by the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series. Ray laid down the second quickest time in Group B during the qualifying session, which locked him into the outside of the second row for the start of the $5,000 to win main event.

When outside polesitter Donald McIntosh had problems before the start of the 40-lapper, Ray moved up to the outside of the front row for the drop of the green flag. The Brasstown, North Carolina standout then controlled the field for the first 36 circuits - despite a broken shock bolt - but was passed for the point in lapped traffic on lap 37 by eventual winner T.J. Reaid. Ray wound up slipping back to third by the time the checkered flag was unfurled, as he was behind victor Reaid and runner-up Tommy Kerr. Full results from the 'Harvest Festival' at Smoky Mountain can be viewed online at www.southernnationalsseries.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

Ray Cook Improves to Runner-Up Performance at Senoia Raceway!
(August 27, 2017) The Wynn Motorsports team and driver Ray Cook headed to Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on Saturday night, August 26 for the 'Friends of the Dream 40,' which was sanctioned by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Ray clicked off the fourth fastest time overall during the qualifying session, which locked him into the outside of the second row for the start of the $4,000 to win main event. During the course of the 40-lap affair, Ray maneuvered up to the second spot, which is where he ultimately finished behind only victor Riley Hickman. Complete results from the 'Friends of the Dream 40' - that helped raise money for disadvantaged children - can be accessed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.

Cook Tackles Southern Nationals Bonus Series Tilts in Peach State
(August 21, 2017) Ray Cook and the Wynn Motorsports team were in racing action in the Peach State of Georgia on August 19-20, as the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presided over a pair of weekend tilts. On Saturday evening at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia, a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs and 43 competitors piled into the pit area. Ray grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race and later started the 60-lap main event from the outside of the eighth row. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then moved past four competitors during the headliner to place twelfth in the final rundown at the northern Georgia facility.

At Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia on Sunday night, 33 race teams passed through the pit gate to vie for the $5,300 paycheck. Ray knocked down the fifth quickest lap in his group during the qualifying session prior to running second in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the fifth row in the 53-lapper, Ray advanced up to ninth in the running order before settling for a respectable eleventh place effort. Full results from both weekend battles can be accessed online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.

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.

 

 

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