Jerry Cook has enjoyed a diverse career that started with sharing a hometown with fellow NASCAR Modified champion an on-track rival Richie Evans and has continued through a slate of titles, wins and a role in NASCAR administration. Here are five reasons Jerry Cook could be a Hall of Famer:
Cook maintained a role in the sport after he retired from driving. Beginning in 1985, he served as the director to help shape the modern Whelen Modified Tour and continues to serve in NASCAR administration.
Setting the pace
Cook was incredibly consistent in his day. He finished in the top five in 64.7 percent of his racing starts and in the top 10 85 percent of the time. He earned more than $1.1 million in prize money.
In addition to his string of titles, Cook was a mainstay among the frontrunners during his NASCAR career. He earned back-to-back runner-up finishes in 1969 and '70, prior to his run of titles. How strong was he in his day? Cook finished in the top three in the standings from 1969-82.
Cook (pictured with future champion Burt Myers) earned 362 wins during his Modified career, a level of success matched by few in the sport.
Take on me
Cook is most known for his impressive streak of championship in NASCAR Modified Tour competition. Cook earned six titles in the 1970s, including four in a row. He won his championships in 1971, '72, '74, '75, '76 and '77.