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Cook Sets Fast Time; Finishes Sixth in $5,000 All-Star Series Show
(April 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!
(March 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
(March 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
(February 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.

Cook Collected in Wreck During Season Finale at Boyd's Speedway
(November 21, 2021) Ray Cook Racing rolled into Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Saturday, November 20 for the 33rd edition of the 'Gobbler,' which wrapped up their 2021 campaign. The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series sanctioned the single-day throwdown at the Chattanooga-area venue and 36 competitors piled into the pit area to vie for the $5,000 payday. Ray Cook knocked down the fifth quickest time in Group A during the qualifying session, which locked him into the inside of the fifth row for the start of the 40-lap main event. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace was then running at the back part of the top ten when a multi-car incident following a restart collected his #53 machine. Front end damage forced Ray to retire from the 'Gobbler' and he was officially paid for a twenty-second place showing. Full results from the season-ending event at Boyd's Speedway can be viewed online at www.imdirt.net.

Ray Cook Unfortunately Spun on Restart; Retires Early in National 100
(November 1, 2021) Ray Cook and his #53 team traveled to East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama on October 30-31 to compete in the 47th edition of the 'National 100.' The unsanctioned Super Late Model showdown at EAMS boasted a whopping $20,000 top prize. On Saturday during preliminary action, Ray knocked down the second fastest lap in his group during the qualifying session prior to placing third in his loaded heat race.

In Sunday's 100-lap headliner, Ray started the contest from the inside of the fifth row and was battling hard for a spot in the top ten when he was unfortunately spun from behind on an early restart. After going down a lap, the Brasstown, North Carolina ace eventually retired from the 'National 100' and settled for a twenty-third place performance in the annual late-season special. Complete results from EAMS can be viewed online at www.eamsdirt.com.

Cook Climbs Inside of Top Ten in $12,000 Fall Nationals at I-75!
(October 24, 2021) The lone event over the October 22-23 weekend for Ray Cook Racing took place on Saturday evening at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee. The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series presided over the 'Fall Nationals' and a solid 28 car field converged on the Volunteer State oval to vie for the $12,000 winner's check. Ray Cook stopped the clock sixth quickest in Group B during the qualifying session before grabbing the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race. Ray then started the 50-lap main event from the outside of the sixth row and was able to steer his #53 ride past a handful of competitors during the distance to land in the seventh finishing position. Complete results from last night at I-75 Raceway can be accessed online at www.imdirt.net.

Ray Cook Racing Invades Dixie Speedway for $15k Dixie Shootout
(October 10, 2021) For the first time in over a month, Ray Cook Racing returned to dirt-slinging action on Saturday, October 9 at the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rolled into the Atlanta-area oval and a $15,000 top prize was up for grabs in the annual running of the 'Dixie Shootout.' Ray Cook struggled in qualifying and unfortunately could not make much headway during the remainder of the preliminary competition. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace finished ninth in his loaded heat race against the national touring stars and eighth in his B-Main, which kept him out of the 50-lap headliner that was ultimately won by Jonathan Davenport. Full results from last night at Dixie Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

Broken Water Pump Slows Ray Cook at Boyd's Speedway...
(September 4, 2021) Ray Cook and his #53 team invaded Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Friday night, September 3 for an Iron-Man Late Model Series program. The 'Labor Day Showdown' drew a 23 car field that showed up to do battle for the $4,000 paycheck. Ray stopped the clock fifth quickest in Group A during the qualifying session, which locked him into the inside of the fifth row for the start of the 40-lap headliner. The Brasstown, North Carolina ace then vaulted up to as high as fourth in the running order by halfway before suffering a broken water pump on lap 20. The mechanical woes dropped Ray to a disappointing twentieth place effort and forced him to skip any further racing action over the holiday weekend. Full results from Boyd's Speedway can be viewed online at www.imdirt.net.

Cook Invades North Georgia Speedway; Walks Away with Top Five
(August 29, 2021) For the first time since early July, Ray Cook Racing headed back to the racetrack, as they made the last minute decision to invade North Georgia Speedway on Saturday evening, August 28. A weekly Late Model program was held at the Chatsworth, Georgia oval and an $800 winner's check was up for grabs. Ray Cook clicked off the fourth fastest lap overall during the qualifying session to earn the outside of the second row for the start of the main event. After quickly jumping up to third and looking for more, Ray unfortunately jumped the cushion early in the feature distance and dropped back several spots. At the finish, the Brasstown, North Carolina ace was fifth in the final rundown behind only victor Jason Deal, Aaron Wilson, Ronnie Johnson, and Josh Walker. Full results from North Georgia Speedway can be viewed online at www.northgaspeedway.com.

Ray Cook Claims Top Five in Sugar Creek Raceway Clash!
(July 4, 2021) Ray Cook was back behind the wheel of his own #53 entry on Saturday evening, July 3 in a Super Late Model clash at Sugar Creek Raceway in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The unsanctioned race paid out a $1,500 top prize. Ray clicked off the sixth fastest lap overall during the qualifying session to earn the outside of the third row for the start of the 25-lap feature event. The Brasstown, North Carolina standout was then able to climb up inside of the top five in the contest to eventually record a solid fifth place outing in a race that was won by Murphy native Kurt English. Full results can be found on the Sugar Creek Raceway Facebook page. (Alpha Racing Photography)

 

 

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