FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Ray Cook Leases Tri-County Race Track for 2011 Season!
(BRASSTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA) As if being a national Dirt Late
Model star on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the promoter
of the successful Southern Nationals Series didn't keep Ray
Cook busy enough during the year, Ray announced today that he
has leased the nearby Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North
Carolina for the 2011 season. With the possibility that the
historic 1/4-mile, dirt oval may not open this season and with
the help of a lot of other people, Ray and crew will do their
best to keep the track going.
"I grew up going to Tri-County every Friday night when
I was about ten years old and ran my first race there when I
was fifteen in a Pony car," quoted Cook via telephone today.
"There are a lot of racers in this area that need Tri-County
to thrive in order to have somewhere to race and hone their
skills. Obviously, with me racing full-time on the Lucas Oil
trail and promoting the Southern Nationals as well, I am not
going to be there every time we open the gate at Tri-County.
I have been fortunate enough to assemble a great crew to work
at the track; however, as Kip Cochran, Leon Latham, and Brian
Kennersley all have a ton of experience."
A big change to the racing program at Tri-County will be the
move to Friday nights. There are currently six Saturday night
tracks within a two-hour radius of the Brasstown/Murphy area
and Tri-County will now be the only Friday night track that
will run Super Late Models. In addition to the Super Late Models,
Ray will also run the Limited/Crate Late Model, Modified Street,
Road Runners/Street Stock, and Mini Stock/Pony divisions.
Initial plans for 2011 call for the five classes to be in action
every other Friday night at Tri-County starting possibly as
early as March 25. Barring rain-outs and other unforeseen circumstances,
Ray is hoping to put together a 15-18 race schedule for the
2011 season. A few practice sessions are also in the works prior
to the tentative opening date of March 25.
To include input from all of the racers and race fans in the
area, Ray is holding an open forum at the Brasstown Community
Center this Monday night, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to
show up on Monday to let your voice be heard on topics concerning
the Tri-County Race Track. The Brasstown Community Center is
located at the entrance to the race track off of Setiwig Road.
More information about the 2011 racing season at Tri-County
will be released next week following the meeting at the Brasstown
Community Center. A new website is also in the works and will
be online and fully functional prior to the start of the season.
"I look forward to the challenge of bringing Tri-County
Race Track back to life," Cook went on to say. "Car
counts and fan attendance have really dropped in recent years,
but I have hope that we can change things around and put on
a great program for the fans and racers. It is going to take
a lot of work, but with the help of Jack Wimpey and many others
who have volunteered their service, maybe we can pull it off!"
If anyone would like to volunteer, sponsor, or help in any
way at the Tri-County Race Track this year, please do not hesitate
to contact Ray Cook at 706-835-7503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.