Ray, wife Peggy and daughter Alana during a visit to sponsor English Mountain Spring Water's facility.
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Name: Ray Cook
Age: 28
Date of birth: 09/29/71
Married: Wife-Peggy W. Cook
Children: Alana Cook
Home: Murphy, North Carolina
Years racing: 13

Career Highlights

1987 - At age 15, Ray Cook began his racing career in the 4-cylinder pony class. Remarkably, he won two races along with several top-five finishes. The fans expressed their feelings about Ray and his accomplishments by voting him the most popular driver at Tri-County Raceway.

1988 - In only his second year of racing the 4-cylinder pony cars, Ray won an astounding 16 of 30 races he entered. Along with these wins, Ray won the track championships at Sugar Creek Raceway (Blue Ridge, GA) and Tri-County Raceway (Brasstown, NC). Ray was once again voted the most popular driver by the fans at the Tri-County Raceway.

When possible Ray brings the family to the track. Here he escorts daughter Alana, through the pits at Tazwell, TN.
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1989 - 90 - This was an important time of transition for Ray Cook. He decided to move from the 4-cylinder pony cars to the potent late model division. Making this jump required a huge investment of time and financial resources that reduced his time at the track considerably.
   
Ray didn't pick up any more wins but did manage to get his new late model completed and on the track during the last half of the 1990 season. Ray entered 10-15 races in the new late model car to gain experience and the crucial "seat time" so he would be ready to run a complete season in 1991.

1991 - In his first full season in the late model division Ray Cook continued to amaze everyone. He picked up two wins as he toured local race tracks and added to his experience. Ray justifiably proud of his first season in a dirt late model.

1992 - This was another season devoted to gaining seat time and experience adjusting the ultra-sophisticated dirt late model. Ray was not lax behind the wheel though. He picked up another pair of victories at two local tracks during a season earmarked for learning.

1993 - This turned out to be the first season in which Ray concentrated on racing for points. Once again, he proved to be up to the task. Ray picked up four wins and the track championship at the Sugar Creek Raceway. One of the victories came in the Coca-Cola 50 that paid $1,500.00 to win, drawing many more experienced drivers and teams making this win even more exciting.

In the pits at the Dirt track at Lowe's Motor speedway. (Click for larger photo)
1994 - Ray Cook decided this would be the year he made the transition to the extremely competitive Hav-A-Tampa Racing Series and make a run for Rookie of the Year.
   
Due to the limitations of holding a full-time job and paying for his own racing, Ray was limited to competing in only 70% of the scheduled events. His lack of experience and the high-dollar equipment he faced each week contributed to his not qualifying for some of the remaining events. Despite this, Ray finished third in Rookie points behind Jeff Smith and Danny McClure.
   
Remarkably, Ray placed 12th in the Hav-A-Tampa season points despite missing a full third of the season! Ray also won the Budweiser 50 at the North Georgia Speedway.
Ray Cook in "his office."
1995 - This marked another turning point in Ray Cook's racing career. After struggling with the financial demands of fielding a Hav-A-Tampa Super Dirt Late Model, he drew the interest of Brownie and Cheryl Brown who came on board as car owners and partial sponsors of the #53 car. This match has proven to be a good one and remains in force to this day as Brasstown Valley Motorsports, Inc.
   
Despite fielding a virtually new team, the Brown's and Ray ran the entire Hav-A-Tampa schedule picking up a top-five and three top-ten finishes.

1996 - Entering their second year the Brasstown Valley Motorsports team set lofty goals for themselves in the ultra-competitive Hav-A-Tampa series. They wanted to finish in the top-five of the season points, complete all of the scheduled races and qualify for the prestigious Hav-A-Tampa Shootout at seasons end. As has been his style, Ray and his team exceeded their goals. 

Here is Ray Cook Racing's shop and hauler in Brasstown, NC.
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   Ray finished all but one of the 32 scheduled races. They took their first pole position at West Plains Motor Speedway, racked up four top-five and 17 top-ten finishes. They easily made the Hav-A-Tampa Shootout and finished 12th in a field made up of the very finest the series had to offer.
   
For the season, Ray finished fifth in the season points. He also won the Hard Charger Award given to the driver who passes the most cars over the season. In fact, Ray set a new record for the number of cars passed in a single season.

1997 - Growing steadily more competitive, the Brasstown Valley Motorsports team again ran the entire Hav-A-Tampa Series schedule. Though the team performed consistently, they missed their goal of winning their first Hav-A-Tampa sanctioned event.
   
Ray did win the UMP sanctioned Budweiser 50 in June at the Tennessee Motor Speedway (Baxter, TN). Here again, the race paid a substantial $5000 to win which drew a large number of very fast cars making the win even more difficult.
   
Despite not meeting one of their goals, the Brasstown Valley team finished the season ninth in the championship points.

Ray's daughter Alana trying out a ride at the Nascar cafe.
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1998 - This turned out to be the "coming out" season for Ray Cook and the Brasstown Valley Motorsports team. Rays popularity with his competitors and fans earned him the nickname the "Tar Heel Tiger."
   
Ray and his team picked up their first Hav-A-Tampa sanctioned win in July at the Rome Speedway, (Rome, GA). This was also their best payday to date, adding the $15,000 to win check to the coffers. They also grabbed a win in the Southern All Stars series and two more in other unsanctioned events at the North Georgia Speedway.
   
Over the season, the team added a second place finish in the Hav-A-Tampa race at Florence, KY and a ninth place in the season ending Shootout. In late September, Ray and his team grabbed their second Hav-A-Tampa victory (and the $15,000 to-win check) at the West Plains Motor Speedway.
   
In unsanctioned events they took another second in the How-Me 100 at West Plains Motor speedway, another second in the STARS sanctioned "Thunder in the Mountains 100" at the West Virginia Motor Speedway, an eighth place in "The Dream" at Eldora and a third in the "Topless 100" at Batesville, AR. They also finished fourth in the Big Johnson Championship.
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hroughout the season the Brasstown Valley team had run consistently in the top-five and top-ten positions. That effort won them a solid sixth in the Hav-A-Tampa season points.

Ray, wife Peggy and Alana at the souvenir booth at Lowe's.
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1999 - Ray finished ninth in the Hav-A-Tampa season points chase. Along with several consistent finishes Ray picked up a win at the Carolina Speedway in the Shriners race. In the season-ending Hav-A-Tampa Shootout, against the toughest competition the series has to offer, Ray set fast time. Led the initial ten-laps and finished a remarkable second.

2000 - Several important developments have occurred in the 2000 season. Hav-A-Tampa and Winston Cup track owners have worked to pair the nations leading dirt late model series with Winston Cup races. This important growth opens the door for increased television coverage, including live telecasts that benefit all our corporate sponsor partners.
   
Midway through the 2000 season our team has already garnered four feature event wins outside the Hav-A-Tampa series. Ray won the prestigious Show-Me 100 (West Plains, MO) the STARS Winternationals, (Tampa, FL) and the Bud 50 at the North Georgia Speedway. (Chatsworth, GA)
   
Other important accomplishments include a second place at the famed Dream 100 and an eight place in the World 100, both held at the legendary Eldora Speedway. (Rossburg, OH) Ray's average finish in these two events was fifth among 262 entries!
 
Nearing the end of the season Ray had picked up two Hav-A-Tampa series wins and is currently fifth in the season points chase.

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