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.
Cook Tackles Cotton
Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway...
25, 2016) Advanced Motorsports traveled to Magnolia
Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi on September 23-24 for
the annual running of the 'Magnolia State Cotton Pickin' 100.'
The unsanctioned Super Late Model special attracted 62 competitors
to "The Mag" to vie for the $20,000 payday. After having
one of the fastest racecars in Thursday's practice session, Ray
Cook timed in tenth quickest in Group A during the qualifying
session on Friday night prior to finishing seventh in his loaded
heat race. Ray then advanced up to fourth in his B-Main on Saturday
evening, but that was a couple of spots shy of earning a coveted
transfer position into the 100-lapper, which was eventually won
by Chris Madden. Complete results from Magnolia can be viewed
online at www.magnoliadirt.com.
Ray Cook and Stacy
Boles Earn Top Tens in SNBS Stop at Smoky Mtn.
28, 2016) Both Ray Cook and Stacy Boles were
in action with the Southern Nationals Bonus Series on Saturday
evening, August 27 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee.
Ray clicked off the fifth quickest time in Group A during the
qualifying session prior to moving up a couple of spots during
the $5,300 to win feature event en route to a steady seventh place
performance. Stacy timed in seventh fastest in his group during
qualifying, won his B-Main, and was solidly inside of the top
ten late in the 40-lap distance before blowing his right front
tire on the final circuit. The Clinton, Tennessee native wound
up with significant damage to his #11b mount due to the subsequent
wreck and was placed ninth in the final finishing order. Full
results from Smoky Mountain Speedway can be accessed online at
Cook and Advanced
Motorsports Compete in Huge Weekend at Florence
14, 2016) Ray Cook and Advanced Motorsports traveled
to the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on August
11-13 for both the rain-postponed 'Ralph Latham Memorial' and
the 34th Annual 'North/South 100.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series presided over the huge three-day weekend in the Cincinnati-area,
as a whopping $80,000 in first place prize money was up for grabs.
On Thursday night, Ray clicked off the twenty-fourth fastest lap
in Group A during qualifying for the 'Ralph Latham Memorial' and
later ran fifth in his stacked heat race. After slipping back
to seventh in his B-Main, Ray was unfortunately kept out of the
$30,000 to win headliner, which was ultimately won by Scott Bloomquist.
At Florence on Friday evening, a double set of heat
races were held to kick off the 'North/South 100' portion of the
weekend. Ray finished fifth in his first heat race and third in
his second and final prelim of the night. After grabbing the second
transfer spot through his B-Main on Saturday, the Brasstown, North
Carolina pilot rolled off from the outside of the tenth row in
the 'North/South 100,' which once again boasted a $50,000 payday.
Ray then climbed solidly inside of the top ten before being collected
in a lap 83 tangle, which dropped the "Tarheel Tiger"
to a nineteenth place showing. Complete results from the long
weekend in the Commonwealth of Kentucky can be viewed online at
Busy Over Weekend at Bulls Gap & Tazewell
(July 3, 2016)
Advanced Motorsports drivers Ray Cook and Stacy Boles invaded
Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee and Tazewell Speedway
in Tazewell, Tennessee on July 1-2 for a pair of Ironman Mountain
Championship showdowns. On Friday night at "The Gap,"
Stacy qualified seventh fastest in time trials prior to moving
up to fifth in the $3,052 to win 'Scott Sexton Memorial' to finish
behind only victor Ricky Weiss, Shanon Buckingham, Skylar Marlar,
and David Payne. Ray posted the sixth quickest lap during the
qualifying session and was running inside of the top five in the
30-lapper before a late flat tire from debris on the track relegated
him to a disappointing twelfth place showing.
At the bad-fast "Taz" on Saturday evening,
a $5,000 top prize was up for grabs in another Ironman Mountain
Championship battle. Ray started off the night by laying down
the eleventh quickest time in qualifying, while Stacy was right
behind in the twelfth spot. In the 40-lap headliner, both drivers
were involved in a couple of different racing incidents, which
dropped Ray to eleventh and Stacy to fifteenth in the final finishing
order. Full results from both holiday weekend races can be obtained
online at www.volunteerspeedway.com
Cook and Boles Tackle
Big Daddy 500 at Smoky Mountain Speedway
19, 2016) Both Stacy Boles and Ray Cook were
in action for Advanced Motorsports on Saturday night, June 18
at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee, as the Ultimate
Super Late Model Series presided over a $5,000 to win shootout.
Stacy qualified fourteenth fastest during time trials prior to
grabbing the second transfer spot through his consolation event.
After starting the 'Big Daddy 500' from the outside of the seventh
row, Stacy had climbed up inside of the top ten early in the 40-lapper
before suffering fuel pump problems, which dropped him to a disappointing
twenty-first place showing.
Ray, who was debuting a brand-new Capital racecar,
laid down the third quickest lap overall during time trials and
later rolled off from the inside of the second row in the 'Big
Daddy 500.' The Brasstown, North Carolina ace was then battling
for the second position before the midway point in the race when
he and Ricky Weiss made contact, which sent his #53 machine hard
into the wall. As a result of the heavy damage, Ray was forced
to retire from the event in the thirteenth position. Complete
results from Smoky Mountain Speedway can be viewed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Ray Cook and Advanced
Motorsports Runner-Up in Border Wars!
12, 2016) Brasstown, North Carolina standout
Ray Cook hooked back up with Advanced Motorsports on Saturday,
June 11 to compete in the 'Border Wars' program at the ultra-fast
Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. The Carolina Clash
Super Late Model Series presided over the single-day showdown,
which boasted a $4,000 payday. Ray qualified sixth quickest in
time trials, which locked him into the outside of the third row
for the start of the 40-lap main event. The popular driver known
as the "Tarheel Tiger" then drove up to second in the
headliner to earn a strong runner-up performance behind only race
winner Chad Ogle. Complete results from "The Gap" can
be viewed online at www.carolinaclash.com.
Cook an Impressive
Runner-Up to Croft at Dixie Speedway!
15, 2016) Ray Cook Racing made a last minute
decision to invade the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia
on Saturday evening, May 14 for a $2,000 to win weekly Super Late
Model show. Ray Cook wheeled his #53 Capital machine to the third
quickest lap during the qualifying session, which lined him up
starting from the inside of the second row in the 30-lap headliner.
The Brasstown, North Carolina native then put forth a strong effort
during the A-Main and eventually nabbed a runner-up showing behind
only victor Jason Croft. Full results from Dixie Speedway can
be accessed online at www.dixiespeedway.com.
Ray Cook Wheels Stacy
Boles' #11b in Mountain Outlaw 50 at SMS
8, 2016) Brasstown, North Carolina star Ray Cook
piloted Stacy Boles' #11b Capital racecar on Saturday evening,
May 7 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. The
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series roared into the Volunteer
State to preside over the $10,000 to win 'Mountain Outlaw 50.'
Ray posted the fifth quickest time in Group B during the qualifying
session prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through
his heat race. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside
of the eighth row, Ray was battling for position early in the
race when he unfortunately got into the frontstretch wall, which
forced him to head pitside early to settle for a twenty-sixth
place performance. Complete results from Smoky Mountain Speedway
can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
Cook Captures $1,500
Spring Fling Victory at Cleveland Speedway!
10, 2016) Ray Cook Racing found themselves celebrating
in victory lane for the second time in 2016 on Saturday evening,
April 9 at the historic Cleveland Speedway in Cleveland, Tennessee!
Ray Cook clicked off the quickest lap during Super Late Model
qualifying, which earned him the pole position for the 'Spring
Fling' main event. The Brasstown, North Carolina standout then
grabbed the point at the drop of the green flag and led each one
of the 35 circuits en route to capturing the $1,500 payday over
Jamie Perry, Booger Brooks, Jordon Horton, and Mike Tinker! Complete
results from the unsanctioned show at Cleveland Speedway can be
viewed online at www.clevelandspeedwayllc.com.
(Ronnie Barnett Photo)
Ray Cook Seventh in
Ultimate Super Late Model Series Season Opener
6, 2016) Ray Cook and his #53 team traveled to
North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia on Saturday evening,
March 5 for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series season opener.
A strong field of 35 competitors converged on the 1/3-mile clay
oval and a $4,000 top prize was up for grabs. Ray laid down the
seventh fastest lap during the qualifying session, which locked
him into the inside of the fourth row for the start of the 40-lap
main event. The Brasstown, North Carolina star then ran amongst
the top ten throughout the headliner, eventually finishing right
where he started... in the seventh position. Full results from
the Ultimate lid lifter at North Georgia can be accessed online