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Wythe Raceway

Cook conquers Wythe for back-to-back Clash wins

September 18, 2011, 5:45 am
From track reports
Ray Cook picks up $4,000 at Wythe Raceway. (Gary Laster)
Ray Cook picks up $4,000 at Wythe Raceway. (Gary Laster)

RURAL RETREAT, Va. (Sept. 17) – Ray Cook of Brasstown, N.C., scored his second consecutive Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series victory Saturday when the tour visited Wythe Raceway for a $4,000-to-win event. The victory follows up Cook’s first ever victory on the 11-year-old series, which came at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., one week prior to Saturday night’s victory.

The veteran Cook topped runner-up finisher Kennie Compton of Bland, Va., for the victory. Defending series champion Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, S.C., was third, followed by Jeff Smith of Gastonia, N.C., and Ray Tucker of Greensboro, N.C.

Notes: Cook's MasterSbilt Race Car has a Race Engine Design powerplant and sponsorship from Rockstar Energy Drink, Makita Industrial Power Tools and Hicks & Ingle. ... Cook, a regular on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, was scheduled to race in a Lucas Oil event at Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Va., Saturday night, but a rainout allowed him to compete at Wythe. ... The event was the Carolina Clash tour’s first visit to Wythe Raceway this season. Compton won last year’s event. ... The series heads to Dublin (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Sept. 24 for another $4,000-to-win event. The race is one of three events remaining on the tour’s schedule.

Carolina Clash @ Wythe: (1) Ray Cook, (2) Kennie Compton, (3) Dennis Franklin, (4) Jeff Smith, (5) Ray Tucker, (6) Luke Roffers, (7) Mike Gault, (8) Tim Allen, (9) Scott Autry, (10) Kerry Jones, (11) Travis Yow, (12) Gary Mabe, (13) Daniel Baggerly, (14) Dustin Mitchell, (15) Ronnie Hoover, (16) Travis Greer, (17) Kyle Pierce, (18) Daniel Moss, (19) Craig Shuffield, (20) Derrick Harmon, (21) David Taylor, (22) Jay Sessoms, (23) Jim Shuffield. Fast qualifier (among 23 cars): Cook.

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