Nabs Top Five in Crate Late Model Portion of Hangover!
31, 2017) Brasstown, North Carolina racer Ray
Cook officially lifted the lid to his 2018 campaign a few days
earlier than expected on Saturday, December 30, as the 8th Annual
'Hangover' at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee was moved
up two days due a more favorable weather forecast. Ray entered
the track's Crate Late Model event, as he teamed up with Eli Beets
to drive his #109 machine in the $1,500 to win special. The popular
driver known as the "Tarheel Tiger" laid down the sixth
fastest lap overall during the qualifying session, which allowed
him to roll off from the outside of the third row in the A-Main.
Ray then picked off two competitors during the daytime headliner
to place fourth in his season opener behind only victor Chase
King, Chip Brindle, and Logan Roberson. Complete results from
the Volunteer State can be accessed online at www.411motorspeedway.net.
Ray Cook Slated to
Drive Eli Beets' #109 Crate Late Model at 411
27, 2017) Ray Cook, of Brasstown, North Carolina,
announced today that he will start his 2018 racing season a few
days before the official turning of the calendar on Saturday,
December 30 in the 8th edition of the 'Hangover' at 411 Motor
Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee! Ray, who was the Super Late Model
winner in last year's event, is slated to compete in the Crate
Late Model portion this year behind the wheel of Eli Beets' #109
racecar. The 'Hangover,' which was moved up to Saturday recently
for a more favorable weather forecast, will pay $1,500 to win
for the Crate Late Models. Ray also released several other early-season
Super Late Model dates on the SCHEDULE
page of www.RayCook53.com, so head to the website to see where
"The Tarheel Tiger" will be slinging dirt the next couple
of months!!! (MRM
Cook Runs Up Front
in Season Finale; Finishes Fifth in $10,000 Gobbler 100
26, 2017) The Wynn Motorsports team and driver
Ray Cook unloaded a new Capital ride - armed with a 525 motor
- for their 2017 season finale on November 24-25 at Cochran Motor
Speedway in Cochran, Georgia. The annual running of the 'Gobbler
100' was sanctioned by the National Late Model Series (NLMS) and
paid $10,000 to the winner. On Friday night during preliminary
action, Ray stopped the clock third quickest in his group during
the qualifying session prior to running second in his heat race.
The Brasstown, North Carolina standout then rolled
off from the inside of the second row in Saturday's grand finale.
After falling back early in the 75-lapper, Ray blitzed back up
to second in the running order until he was caught in the wrong
lane on a couple of double-file restarts. The popular driver known
as the "Tarheel Tiger" battled to a solid fifth place
performance in the 'Gobbler 100' and trailed only victor Wil Herrington,
Rhett Carter, Hunter Carter, and Devin Dixon to the finish line.
Complete results from the Thanksgiving weekend showdown in the
Peach State can be found by pointing your web browser to www.cochranspeedway.com.
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
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!
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
(Brian McLeod Photo)
Cook Finds No Luck
in $15,000 Fall Classic at Ponderosa...
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
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!
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.