Cook Scores At Smoky Mountain
MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Ray Cook looked to be unstoppable early and late during the 35-lapper at Smoky Mountain Speedway Saturday as he went on to claim his 16th career Southern Regional Racing Series-sanctioned event during the Summer Showdown presented by Stanley Best Heating & Air.
Cook claimed $3,000 for the win, but not before a challenge that lead to him dropping to second from Billy Ogle Jr. Ogle took the lead during a long green flag run on lap 14 and led until lap 25 when he broke going down the back stretch. Cook then inherited the lead back on the restart and sailed to victory in his own time zone and went to Victory Lane for the second-straight year in Showdown action at Smoky Mountain Speedway while driving the A+ Moving & Storage sponsored Jay Dickens Racing Engine powered MasterSbilt Race Car.
Cook claimed the victory over local hotshoe and current SRRS regular Jason Welshan, then Skip Arp made a last-lap pass for the third spot. Finishing fourth was current series point leader Josh Putnam. David Crabtree was fifth.
In the 15-lap street stock main event it was Travis Reno of Maryville, TN claiming the $300 payday over Jon Cook. Brett Wyatt won the crate late model feature.