Jerry Cook From Rome Elected To NASCAR Hall Of Fame
Jerry Cook is often called one of the most consistent performers in the history of NASCAR's Modified Series winning it's title 6 times.
According to Eastern Motorsport:
"Cook won the NASCAR National Modified title six times (1971-1972 & 1974-1977). But he was also second six times and third twice which meant that hefinished in the Top-3 in NASCAR’s National Modified Championship from 1969 until he retired after the 1982 season."
He built his first Modified at the age of 13 while hanging around the racing garage of Cam Gagliardi, but didn't start driving the #38 until 1963. Even back in the 50's and 60's 13 was way to young to be a race car driver. He worked his way up the ranks racing on dirt (won the track championship at Utica-Rome Speedway in 1969 ) asphalt. He was a force to reckoned with on both. His stats show he won a total of 342 short-track feature events and finished in the top-10 in an amazing 85 percent of his races.
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This is not his first hall of fame award. According to Wikipeda
- Inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.
- In 1989, he was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall Of Fame
- Inducted into the New York State Stock Car Association Hall Of Fame in 1993
- As part of NASCAR's 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1998, he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
- NASCAR named him #3 on its NASCAR Modified All-Time Top 10 list
Jerry Cook is still remains with NASCAR as competition administrator.