(born July 31
, 1939) in Rome, New York
) is a NASCAR
championship race car driver. He began racing at the age of 13 and won the track championship at Utica-Rome Speedway
He eventually went to become a six-time champion in the NASCAR Modified
series (1971-72, 1974-77). His rivalry with fellow Rome, New York driver Richie Evans
is legendary. He retired after the 1982 season with 342 wins. He stayed with the sport, and helped shape the series.
Cook served as the Whelen Modified Series' director when it began in 1985, and is currently NASCAR's Administrative Director.