LM: Tommy Cook enters competition

Tommy Cook looks to make a run at the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts championship. There's no place like home for the drivers of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts. With a 16-race...

Tommy Cook looks to make a run at the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts championship.

There's no place like home for the drivers of the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts. With a 16-race schedule that will see the drivers travel as far away as Iowa and Missouri to the West, as far North as Minnesota and as far East as Pennsylvania. The drivers of the series look forward to the comforts of home and with the 2005 season opener for the series set for May 7th at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana, no one is looking more forward to the door opener for the 2005 season more so than Fort Wayne native, Tommy Cook.

"We are very much looking forward to the opener with it being so close to home." Said Cook when asked about the upcoming season. "Our goal for this season is to compete in as many races as possible. Lack of sponsors for this season is certainly going to make this a tough goal to accomplish." Continued the Hoosier State veteran. "Without major sponsorship, it may cause the team to only compete in a limited number of races. We are hoping to be able to attract several more sponsors as the season approaches for a full run at the 2005 title, hopefully with the opener at home, we can do well and see what develops and hopefully someone notices!" Ended Cook.

During the 2004 season, Cook finished 10th overall in the ASA Late Model Series season long points chase by recording one top five finish, which was a runner-up showing at his home track, the Baer Field (IN) Speedway, site of the 2005 ASA Late Model Series opener, the UB Machine 100 on May 6-7. Tommy also racked up four top 10 finishes while joining the Winner's Circle program with 100% perfect attendance. The 36-year-old pilot also finished sixth in the final Rookie of the Year points chase.

Over his 21-career, Cook has accomplished quite a bit and in a vast array of machines! In 2002 and 2003 he was the Late Model Track Champion at Baer Field (IN) Speedway, During those two championship years he was also the winner of the Marc Times Invitational at Baer Field IN. Cook was also the 1996 Outlaw Super Late Model Champion at Baer Field IN and won a unique Outlaw Super Late Model feature that same season at the Toledo (OH) Speedway with such famed dirt drivers running on pavement as C.J. Rayburn! Also Shane Yoder, Ron Miller, and a host of others ran the special open rules show! In 1997 he was Rookie of the Year and Sportsman of the Year and second in points in a Modified at Angola (IN) Motor Speedway with seven feature wins that year. Also in 1997 he was the winner of the Michigan Border Wars at --40 (Now Thunder Valley) Speedway in Jones, Michigan. Overall in his career, Cook has won races from as far North as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan down the state of Florida.

For the upcoming 2005 season, Cook will pilot his Pontiac Grand Prix with some sponsorship to start the season from 92.3 FM, the Fort as well as Omni Source, Elegant Occasions Reception and Bingo Hall. Circle J Transport, Extreme Detailing, Three Rivers Auto Sales, and Group Five Graphics. For more information on the upcoming 2005 season with the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts, log onto: www.asalatemodels.com

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