St. Louis, MO (April 27, 2001) - Consistency has been the main objective this season for Terry Cook and K-Automotive Ford team owners Ron, Bob and Kay Keselowski. With four Top-10 finishes in as many races, including a season-best third-place ...
St. Louis, MO (April 27, 2001) - Consistency has been the main objective this season for Terry Cook and K-Automotive Ford team owners Ron, Bob and Kay Keselowski. With four Top-10 finishes in as many races, including a season-best third-place effort in the most recent event at Martinsville (VA) Speedway, Cook and his K-Automotive mates are looking to make the jump to the next level in the Ram Tough 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway.
"Gateway is a track that I really enjoy racing because it's a mile and a half course with a shape like Martinsville," said Cook. There are super long straight-aways with tight and sweeping corners at Gateway. Turns 1 and 2 are the tightest and Turns 3 and 4 are sweepers. Racing off of Turn 2 is where a lot of drivers shift, so you have to use a transmission with overdrive. We've never shifted because it's one more thing the driver can make a mistake on. The key at any racetrack depending on where you are at is that 99 percent of the time you drive a little easier in and more harder off the corners."
Cook scored one of his six Top-10 NCTS finishes last season at the 1.25-mile St. Louis oval driving the No. 88 Sealmaster Chevy to a ninth-place effort. Meanwhile, his new K-Automotive team has proven they have the right stuff to do well at Gateway scoring a second-place finish in the 1999 event with Dennis Setzer handling the driving chores. Those successes have Cook thinking about a win this time around in the Ram Tough 200.
"I have always adapted well at St. Louis and I've ran well in the previous years," said Cook. "I have had some success at Gateway and so have the Keselowski's. The K-Automotive team has great accomplishments with numerous wins and Top-10 finishes. They had three wins in 1999 and two second-place finishes, one of those at St. Louis. We've both had an exciting history at Gateway, we're looking forward to going to St. Louis together as a team for the first time."
On the personal side, Gateway International Raceway is one of few tracks close to Indianapolis where Cook and his wife, Amy East-Cook now reside. The St. Louis race will allow a host of family and friends to be present to cheer for the black and yellow No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 as it rolls off pit road for 160-laps of tough truck racing.
"It is a three hour drive from Indianapolis to St. Louis," Cook stated. "Because of the track's proximity to our home area, we will have family members and fans come over from Indiana that generally are not able to come to the races. I'm not sure if it's an off weekend for the USAC bunch, but if it is, my mother and father in law, Bob and Janice East (USAC racers and chassis builders), will also have the opportunity to come over to watch the race. Amy and I both will be busy working, but it is always nice to have great support from our family and friends."
The Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway International Raceway will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Sunday, May 6.