Runs Up Front in Season Finale; Finishes Fifth in $10,000 Gobbler
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.
Ray Cook Improves
to Runner-Up Performance at Senoia Raceway!
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
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
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!
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
(Ronnie Barnett Photo)
Ray Cook Wins Heat
Race; Winds Up Seventh in Mountain Moonshine Classic
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.
Cook Caught Up in
Tangle in Ultimate Series Stop at North Georgia...
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!
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!
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
"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.