Tarheel Tiger goes back to back in 411 Motor Speedway SRRS Showdown action

By Chris Tilley

SEYMOUR, TN (July 2, 2012)—Ray Cook is on a hot summer streak which continued tonight at 411 Motor Speedway.

The Brasstown, NC held off a few challenges from Billy Ogle Jr. to go on to win the $3,000 prize during Night # 4 of the Southern Regional Racing Series Showdown at the 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN.

Eight yellow flags slowed the event. The first yellow on lap nine was for Jeff Franklin who spun in turn two and the restart the yellow as he spun in the exact same spot again. The third yellow was on the second try at a restart when Randy Todd spun in turn two. The fourth yellow was for Justin Rattliff and Mark Vineyard getting looped around in between turns one and two. On the next yellow flag Heath Alvey came to a stop in turn four while on the 14th lap Randy Todd and Ross White both got crossed up exiting turn four. On the 17th lap Riley Hickman spun while Aaron Ridley, Chad Ogle and Ronnie Johnson got crossed up behind him and according to SRRS rules and procedures Hickman kept moving so he blended back in line when he got turned around before the yellow flag. The final yellow came with two laps to go as Jason Manley dropped fluids on the surface in turn three.


In Qualifying Ray Cook and three other drivers broke Brad Hall’s previous track record and Cook’s lap was a 13:540 second lap around the quick 3/8th’s mile oval.


Cook drove to victory lane while driving the Hicks and Ingle Construction, A+ Moving and Storage, D&R Motorsports sponsored Race Engine Design powered MasterSbilt Race Car to the win of the 40 lapper.


The Southern Regional Racing Series SHOWDOWN Night # 5 finale finishes up tomorrow night Tuesday Night at the Wartburg Speedway in Wartburg, TN for a $4,000 to win event.


Official Summary of Results


411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN

Southern Regional Racing Series Late Models

Monday Night July 2, 2012



Feature Finish:

1. Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC
2. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN
3. Skylar Marlar-Winfield, TN
4. Josh Putnam-Florence, AL
5. Randy Weaver-Crossville, TN
6. Jeff Watson-Campbellsville, KY
7. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, TN
8. Randy Todd-Lexington, TN
9. Josh Henry-Newport, TN
10. Riley Hickman-Chattanooga, TN
11. Mark Vineyard-Powell, TN
12. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN
13. Heath Alvey-Dandridge, TN
14. Jason Manley-Loudon, TN
15. Greg Martin-Clinton, TN
16. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, GA
17. Ronnie Johnson-Chattanooga, TN
18. Ross White-Knoxville, TN
19. Justin Rattliff-Campbellsville, KY
20. Jeff Franklin-Ten Mile, TN
21. Ruben Mayfield-Lenoir City, TN
22. Jason Welshan-Maryville, TN
23. Ryan King-Seymour, TN
24. Rusty Ballenger-Seymour, TN

Yellow Flags: Eight (laps 9, 9RS, 9RS, 12, 12RS, 14, 17, 38)

Red Flags: None

Lap Leaders: Cook (1-40)

Time of Race: 37 minutes/24 seconds

Entries: 28

Fast Qualifier: Ray Cook-13:540 seconds **New Track Record**

Provisionals: King (Series/Time) and Hickman (Showdown)

Heat-1 Finish: (top-6 transfer) Skylar Marlar, Jeff Franklin, Ross White, Randy Todd, Heath Alvey, Rusty Ballenger, Mack McCarter (DNS)

Heat-2 Finish: (top-5 transfer) Chad Ogle, Jeff Watson, Pierce McCarter, Josh Henry, Jason Welshan, Ryan King, Scott Gardner

Heat-3 Finish: (top-5 transfer) Aaron Ridley, Justin Rattliff, Jason Manley, Ronnie Johnson, Ruben Mayfield, Greg Martin, Josh Collins, Riley Hickman

Dash Finish: Ray Cook, Billy Ogle Jr., Josh Putnam, Tommy Kerr, Randy Weaver, Mark Vineyard

2012 SHOWDOWN Event Winners:

Todd Morrow-East Ridge, TN (June 28th at Duck River Speedway)

Todd Morrow-East Ridge, TN (June 29th at Duck River Speedway)

Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC (June 30th at Smoky Mountain Speedway)

Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC (July 2nd at 411 Motor Speedway)

2012 SHOWDOWN Upcoming Events:

Tuesday July 3-Wartburg Speedway-Wartburg, TN-$4,000 to win