Cook Runner-Up in Ice Bowl; Energized in Preparation for National
(January 8, 2019)
Only a week removed from their 2018 season finale, Ray Cook and
the Wynn Motorsports team lifted the lid to their 2019 campaign
on January 5-6 in the annual running of the 'Ice Bowl' at Talladega
Short Track in Eastaboga, Alabama. On Saturday at TST, Ray stopped
the clock third quickest in his group during the time trial session
prior to scoring a victory in his stacked heat race. By virtue
of winning the fourth prelim, Ray rolled off from the pole position
in Sunday's 50-lap headliner.
Looking for his third career 'Ice Bowl' title and the $6,000
payday, the Brasstown, North Carolina ace unfortunately slipped
back to fourth in the running order of the unsanctioned contest
and was running third on the final circuit. When leaders Michael
Page and Cory Hedgecock raced hard into turn three on the last
lap, which resulted in Hedgecock going for a spin, Ray scooted
past for runner-up honors in finishing 2.57 seconds behind winner
Page. Full results from the 28th edition of the 'Ice Bowl' can
be viewed online at www.talladegashorttrack.net.
"It was a good run for us over the weekend at Talladega
and it kind of reenergized us," quoted Cook following his
runner-up performance. "We really haven't got to run that
Longhorn by Weaver car in a full race weekend since we got it,
so it was great to get some laps and run towards the front. I
think we have a really good piece and I have to thank Randy (Weaver)
for all of his assistance with the car. We plan to race a little
more this year, so getting off to a good start in the Ice Bowl
is definitely a step in the right direction!"
The energized #53 team will now take the next few weeks off in
preparation for the rescheduled 44th Annual 'National 100,' which
will take place on January 26-27 at the historic East Alabama
Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama. Originally scheduled for
last November, the $20,000 to win Super Late Model special was
wiped out due to inclement weather and rescheduled for the end
of this month. Time trials and heat races will take place on Saturday,
January 26, while the consolation events and the 'National 100'
will take center stage on Sunday, January 27. More information
can be obtained online by clicking on www.eamsdirt.com.
Wynn Motorsports would like to thank the following group of sponsors
for their continued support: Wynn Land Development, Heartland
EMS, Zeta Performance Vehicle Technologies, Vinson Sims Construction,
Longhorn Chassis by Weaver, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Earnhardt
Racing Technologies, Penske Shocks, Swift Springs, Modern Images,
Schaeffer's Racing Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels, American Racer South,
FK Rod Ends, Outlaw Racing Products, The Joie of Seating, PPM
Racing Products, Finish Line Electric Company, PFC Brakes, Fast
Shafts, GW Performance, and Delph Communications.
For the latest news and schedule information concerning the #53
team, feel free to visit their official Internet home at www.RayCook53.com.
Media Contact: Ryan Delph - Delph Communications