Wins Heat Race; Lands Top Ten in 2022 Season Finale!
20, 2022) The Ray Cook Racing team rolled into
Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Saturday, November 19
for the 34th edition of the 'Gobbler,' which wrapped up their
2022 campaign. The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series sanctioned
the late-season special, which drew 39 competitors to the Chattanooga-area
oval to vie for the $10,000 winner's check. Ray Cook stopped the
clock second quickest in Group B during the qualifying session
prior to picking up an impressive heat race triumph. After starting
the 40-lap headliner from the outside of the second row, Ray unfortunately
went too hard on tires and slipped back several spots on his way
to a steady ninth place performance. Complete results from the
season-ending 'Gobbler' can be located online by clicking on www.imdirt.net.
(That Lash Girl Photography)
Ray Cook Racing Debuts
Retro Paint Scheme in Deep Fried 75
6, 2022) Ray Cook Racing debuted a throwback retro
paint scheme over the November 4-5 weekend at Duck River Raceway
Park in Wheel, Tennessee. The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series
presided over the 'Deep Fried 75' weekend in the Volunteer State,
which kicked off on Friday night with a $5,000 to win shootout.
Ray Cook clicked off the fifth quickest lap overall during the
qualifying session prior to starting the A-Main from the inside
of the third row.
The Brasstown, North Carolina ace appeared to have
a top five car in the contest, but was stuck in the wrong lane
on a couple of double file restarts. At the checkers, Ray was
paid for an eighth place performance in the weekend opener. Saturday's
show, which was scheduled to shell out a $10,000 paycheck, was
unfortunately pushed back to Sunday due to inclement weather and
Ray chose not to stick around for the rain-postponed race. Complete
results from Friday at Duck River Raceway Park can be accessed
online at www.imdirt.net.
(Simple Moments Photography)
Cook Climbs Seven
Spots in Boyd's Speedway Feature Event!
29, 2022) Ray Cook, of Brasstown, North Carolina,
piloted Richard Austin's #85 Capital racecar on Friday night,
October 28 at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia. A weekly program
was on tap for the Late Models and a $1,200 payday was up for
grabs. Ray knocked down the thirteenth quickest lap overall during
the hot lap / qualifying session and later started the 25-lap
feature from the inside of the seventh row. The driver known as
the "Tarheel Tiger" then pointed his machine towards
the front in the headliner and was able to pass seven competitors
en route to a solid sixth place showing. Ray trailed only victor
Ronnie Johnson, Justin Cameron, Robby Mason, Tod Hernandez, and
Tate McCollum at the unfurling of the checkered flag. Complete
results from the Chattanooga-area oval can be viewed online at
(Kozak Racing Photography)
Ray Cook Pays Visit
to Boyd's Speedway for Stateline Showdown Finale
25, 2022) Ray Cook Racing made the trek to Boyd's
Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Saturday evening, September 24
for the finale of the 'Stateline Showdown.' The World of Outlaws
Case Construction Late Model Series presided over the $20,000
to win contest, which drew a strong field of 41 competitors to
the Chattanooga-area oval. Ray Cook stopped the clock fourteenth
fastest in Group B during qualifying before placing sixth in his
loaded heat race and fifth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, Ray was
not able to earn a coveted transfer spot into the 50-lap headliner
that was ultimately won by Ryan Gustin. Complete results from
last night at Boyd's Speedway can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
(Kozak Racing Photography)
Cook Runner-Up in
Super Late Model at North Georgia Speedway
28, 2022) Ray Cook, of Brasstown, North Carolina,
jumped behind the wheel of Richard Austin's #85 Capital racecar
for the first time in 2022 on Saturday evening, August 27 at North
Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia. Ray stopped the clock
second fastest overall during Super Late Model qualifying and
later rolled off from the outside of the front row in the 25-lap
weekly feature event. The popular driver known as the "Tarheel
Tiger" then ran in the second spot throughout the caution-free
affair to record a strong runner-up performance behind only $1,000
winner Kurt English.
Instead of pulling double-duty in his 604 Crate
Late Model, Ray handed his personal machine over to young Tucker
Anderson, who promptly drove to the $600 triumph at the northern
Georgia facility! Complete results from last night at NGS can
be accessed online at www.northgeorgiaspeedway.net.
(Candice McCue Photo)
Ray Cook Returns to
Action in $5,800 Stephen Wragg Memorial
14, 2022) The Ray Cook Racing team dipped south
to Toccoa Raceway in Toccoa, Georgia on Saturday night, August
13 for the 'Stephen Wragg Memorial.' The Limited Late Model special
boasted a $5,800 winner's check. Ray Cook, who was armed with
a Crate motor, timed in twelfth quickest overall during the qualifying
session and later started the 58-lap headliner from the outside
of the sixth row. Being underpowered against the more potent limited
motors and sporting a tight racecar, Ray wound up pulling off
the racing surface early in the contest and settled for a fifteenth
place performance. Complete results from last night at Toccoa
Raceway can be accessed online at www.toccoaraceway.org.
Cook Sets Fast Time;
Finishes Sixth in $5,000 All-Star Series Show
3, 2022) Ray Cook and his #53 team returned to
I-75 Raceway for the second straight Saturday evening on April
2 to compete in an American Crate All-Star Series special event.
A total of 34 Crate Late Models showed up and showed out at the
Volunteer State oval and Ray set the bar in qualifying by posting
the fastest lap of 15.730 seconds.
Ray then ran third in the fast dash to earn the
rights to the inside of the second row for the start of the 50-lap
feature event. With $5,000 on the line in the contest, the Brasstown,
North Carolina ace fought hard for a top five showing before slipping
to sixth at the checkered flag behind only victor Hayden Cardwell,
Cory Hedgecock, Cameron Weaver, Zach Sise, and Jeremy Steele.
Complete results from the Sweetwater, Tennessee facility can be
located online by clicking on www.i75raceway.com.
Ray Cook Battles for
Lead Early; Finishes Third at I-75 Raceway!
27, 2022) Ray Cook Racing bolted to the Volunteer
State on Saturday, March 26 for a 604 Crate Late Model weekly
show at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee. Ray Cook stopped
the clock second fastest overall during the qualifying session
to earn the outside of the front row for the start of the 25-lap
feature event. With a $1,200 paycheck on the line, Ray battled
polesitter Cameron Weaver for the point during the opening laps
before eventually slipping to third by the unfurling of the checkers.
The Brasstown, North Carolina standout landed on the podium behind
only winner Weaver and runner-up Jesse Lowe. Full results from
I-75 Raceway can be located online by clicking on www.i75raceway.com.
Cook Pulls Double
Duty in Shamrock; Finishes on Podium in Crate
20, 2022) Brasstown, North Carolina driver Ray
Cook pulled double duty on Saturday, March 19 in the annual 'Shamrock'
race at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia. Behind the wheel
of his own #53 Crate Late Model, Ray posted the sixth quickest
lap overall during the qualifying session to earn the outside
of the third row for the start of the 604 main event. Ray then
vaulted towards the front of the field, battled hard for the second
spot, and ultimately wound up on the podium in third behind only
$3,000 victor Booger Brooks and runner-up Cameron Weaver!
The Ultimate Super Late Model Series was also in
action at the Chattanooga-area facility and a $5,000 winner's
check was up for grabs during the 'Shamrock' showdown. Ray, who
was piloting a #27 entry out of Joe Denby's racing stable, laid
down the eleventh quickest time in Group B during qualifying before
grabbing the sixth transfer spot through his B-Main. The driver
known as the "Tarheel Tiger" then moved up a few spots
during the course of the 40-lapper and was eventually paid for
an eighteenth place performance. Full results from last night
at Boyd's Speedway can be viewed online at www.boydsspeedway.com.
Ray Cook Fights Through
Issues to Land Top Ten in Spring Nattys
20, 2022) Ray Cook and his #53 team kicked off
their version of the 2022 racing season in the 'Spring Nattys'
at Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, Georgia on Saturday, February
19. Ray, who plans to primarily compete in a Crate Late Model
in 2022, entered the Limited Late Model show at the Peach State
venue to start his year, as a $2,000 paycheck was up for grabs.
Ray fought through mechanical woes during qualifying to post the
ninth quickest lap and later started the A-Main from the inside
of the fifth row. With passing at a premium on the one-lane racing
surface, Ray wound up finishing right where he started in his
season opener... in the ninth position. Complete results from
Lavonia Speedway can be accessed online at www.lavoniaspeedway.net.