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.
Cook and Advanced
Motorsports Tackle Inaugural Gateway Dirt Nationals
18, 2016) Ray Cook and the Advanced Motorsports
team returned to dirt-slinging competition together on December
15-17 in the inaugural running of the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals'
inside of The Dome at America's Center in downtown St. Louis,
Missouri. A 1/5-mile dirt bullring was constructed inside of the
spacious dome and a large crowd was on hand to witness the historic
weekend of indoor action. Things kicked off for the Super Late
Models on Thursday night with two rounds of qualifying and Ray
was able to lay claim to the thirteenth quickest lap of the 97
competitors in attendance.
On Friday evening, Ray scored an impressive win
in his loaded heat race and later drew the seventh starting spot
for the drop of the green flag in the $5,000 to win preliminary
feature event. The Brasstown, North Carolina standout then ran
inside of the top ten through much of the 25-lap sprint before
eventually winding up eleventh in the final finishing order. Ray
was then in a coveted transfer position in his B-Main on Saturday
before being unfortunately taken out by another competitor. The
"Tarheel Tiger" was officially placed fourteenth in
his consolation race and was not able to transfer into the $20,000
to win 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' headliner, which was won by Scott
Bloomquist. Full results from The Dome at America's Center can
be accessed online at www.gatewaydirt.com.
Ray Cook Takes Own
#53 Machine to Senoia Raceway for $10k Special
13, 2016) Ray Cook Racing brought their own #53
Capital racecar to Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on November
11-12 for the inaugural running of the 'Showdown at Senoia,' which
was sanctioned by the Southern Nationals Bonus Series. On Friday
night, Ray Cook knocked down the fifth quickest time in Group
A during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the fourth and
final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting Saturday's
$10,000 to win headliner from the inside of the eighth row, Ray
had a steady run going until he unfortunately went down a lap
to leader Shane Clanton during a long green flag run. The Brasstown,
North Carolina standout chose to then retire from the 60-lapper
and was relegated to a nineteenth place effort in the 'Showdown
at Senoia.' Complete results from Senoia can be viewed online
(McLeod Media Services Photo)
Cook Knocks Down Pair
of Top Tens in Ponderosa Double-Dip
6, 2016) Ray Cook and the Advanced Motorsports
team passed through the pit gate at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction
City, Kentucky on November 4-5 for a pair of Super Late Model
special events. On Friday night in the $3,000 to win 'Hugh "Junebug"
Rowland Memorial,' Ray laid down the twelfth fastest lap in Group
A during qualifying prior to scoring the victory in his consolation
event. After rolling off from the inside of the ninth row in the
unsanctioned feature event, Ray blitzed past eight competitors
during the headliner on his way to solid ninth place effort in
the weekend opener.
At Ponderosa on Saturday evening, the Southern Nationals
Bonus Series roared into town to preside over the annual running
of the 'Fall Classic,' which boasted a $10,000 winner's check.
Ray qualified tenth quickest in Group B during time trials and
later ran fifth in his loaded heat race. Following a triumph in
his B-Main, the Brasstown, North Carolina driver started the 50-lap
weekend finale from the outside of the ninth row. Ray once again
was on the move early and often in the main event, as he worked
his way up to sixth to trail only victor Eric Wells, Kent Robinson,
Jason Welshan, Donald McIntosh, and Steve Francis at the checkers.
Complete results from the Ponderosa double-dip can be viewed online
Ray Cook Improves
to Ninth in Senoia's Fall Brawl 40
23, 2016) The Advanced Motorsports team and driver
Ray Cook ventured to Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on Saturday
evening, October 22 for the 'Fall Brawl 40,' which was sanctioned
by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Ray posted the twelfth
quickest time overall during the qualifying session prior to picking
up the victory in his consolation event. After starting the $4,000
to win main event from the outside of the sixth row, Ray was able
to work his way past a trio of competitors during the caution-free
40-lapper en route to a steady ninth place performance. Full results
from the 'Fall Brawl 40' can be obtained by clicking on www.ultimatesupers.com.
Cook on Podium in
Tennessee State Championship at Crossville!
9, 2016) Ray Cook and the #53 team rolled into
Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee on October 7-8 for
the annual running of the 'Tennessee State Championship.' The
Southern Nationals Bonus Series presided over the two-day program
in the Volunteer State, which was capped off by a $10,000 to win
main event. Ray qualified fourth quickest in Group B during Friday's
time trial session and later scored an impressive victory in his
heat race. After starting the 60-lap headliner on Saturday evening
from the outside of the second row, Ray was in tire conservation
mode early and often as he raced on the one-groove surface. At
the checkers, the Brasstown, North Carolina standout was in the
third finishing position behind only victor Donald McIntosh and
runner-up Vic Hill. Full results from the 'Tennessee State Championship'
weekend can be obtained online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.
Ray Cook Ninth in
Dixie Shootout; Sixth in Rome Showdown!
3, 2016) The Advanced Motorsports team invaded
Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome,
Georgia on October 1-2 for a pair of lucrative Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series battles. On Saturday night, a $12,000 top prize
was on the line in the annual running of the 'Dixie Shootout.'
Ray Cook laid down the sixth quickest lap in Group A during qualifying
prior to placing second in his loaded heat race. After starting
the 60-lapper from the inside of the sixth row, Ray was able to
advance up inside of the top ten and eventually placed ninth in
the final finishing order.
At Rome on Sunday evening, a $10,000 winner's check
was up for grabs in the 'Rome Showdown.' Ray clicked off the fastest
time in Group A during the qualifying session and later scored
an impressive heat race triumph. After starting the 50-lap headliner
from the pole position, the Brasstown, North Carolina standout
was a fixture towards the front of the stellar field before winding
up sixth at the checkered flag. Ray trailed only victor Scott
Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Brandon Overton, Chris Madden, and Jonathan
Davenport. Complete results from both Dixie and Rome can be accessed
online at www.lucasdirt.com.