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Tarheel Tiger Takes 2009 Dirt Late Model Racing Season Money to the Bank

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Ray Cook and the D&R Motorsports Team enjoyed a stellar 2009 racing season, with 12 different trips into victory lane. Cook, also known as the Tarheel Tiger, wrapped up the year at the historic Cleveland Speedway in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Ray Cook in Victory Lane with a $4,000 Payday for winning the Grand Adcox Memorial at the historic Cleveland Speedway in Tennessee, photo by Action Shots and Graphics
Ray Cook in Victory Lane with a $4,000 Payday for winning the Grand Adcox Memorial at the historic Cleveland Speedway in Tennessee, photo by Action Shots and Graphics
The Southern Regional Racing Series (SRRS) sanctioned its annual race named the Grant Adcox Memorial. The event  paid $4,000 to the winner. Cook started off the race by qualifying first at the southern Tennessee venue.
Late Model Dirt Series driver was fastest racer on the track in southern Tennessee venue
Late Model Dirt Series driver was fastest racer on the track in southern Tennessee venue

Tarheel Tiger Ray Cook hopes to repeat his 2009 Ice Bowl victory in 2010, photo by Thomas Hendrickson Photos
Tarheel Tiger Ray Cook hopes to repeat his 2009 Ice Bowl victory in 2010, photo by Thomas Hendrickson Photos

Cook took first position on lap nine where he stayed until the end of the race for the win. “I can’t believe how good of a season we had in 2009,” said Cook. “I am so thankful to the entire D&R Motorsports team and our great sponsors including K&N. Our K&N filters protect our engines in this type of dirt racing. We get great filtration and additional horsepower for our engines with K&N.”

Cook amassed 27 top five finishes and 37 top ten efforts in 71 races this year. He also achieved a sixth place finish in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series.

Some of his 2009 accomplishments include:

$41,000 ‘Hillbilly 100’ Victory at the Tyler County (West Virginia) Speedway
$10,000 ‘Dixie Shootout’ Victory at the Dixie (Georgia) Speedway
$10,000 Lucas Oil Series Victory at the Fayetteville (North Carolina) Motor Speedway
$10,000 Lucas Oil Series Victory at the Utica Rome (New York) Speedway
$10,000 Lucas Oil Series Victory at the Bluegrass (Kentucky) Speedway
$7,500 ‘Bama Bash’ Victory at the Green Valley (Alabama) Speedway
$6,000 ‘Ice Bowl’ Victory at the Talladega (Alabama) Short Track
$5,000 Unsanctioned Victory at the Boyd’s (Georgia) Speedway
$4,000 SRRS Series Victory at the Cleveland (Tennessee) Speedway
$3,000 SRRS Series Victory at the Green Valley (Alabama) Speedway
$2,000 Unsanctioned Victory at the Talladega (Alabama) Short Track
$2,000 Crate Late Model Victory at the Columbus (Mississippi) Speedway
Finished Fifth in $20,000 ‘Scorcher 100’ at the Volunteer (Tennessee) Speedway
Finished Fifth in $15,000 ‘Fall Classic’ at the Whynot (MS) Motorsports Park
Finished Sixth in $40,000 ‘Show-Me 100’ at the West Plains (Missouri) Motor Speedway
Finished Tenth in $50,000 ‘Dirt Track World Championship’ at the Lawrenceburg (Indiana) Speedway

Cook is looking forward to the 2010 Ice Bowl at the Talledega Short Track, where he hopes to repeat his 2009 victory.

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