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Cook misses out on NASCAR HOF

By MIKE LEVIN

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rome native Jerry Cook barely missed out on induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Wednesday.  One of the stars of the Utica-Rome Speedway in the 1970s was sixth in the voting for the 2015 Induction Class.

The top vote getter was Bill Elliot, who received 87% of the vote.  Elliot was a two time Daytona 500 winner as well as the champion of NASCAR's top series in 1988.  His 44 wins rank sixteenth all-time.

Following Ellio in the voting were Wendell Scott (58%), Joe Weatherley (53%), Rex White (43%) and Fred Lorenzen (30%).  The top five vote getters are elected into the Hall of Fame.

Cook was a six-time NASCAR Modified Series Champion and the 1969 champion at the Utica-Rome Speedway, where he waged legendary battles with 2012 HOF Inductee Richie Evans.  Cook is currently NASCAR's Competition Administrator.

The 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Ceremony in Charlotte, N.C. will be held on January 30 and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

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