Cook keeps top ten streak alive at Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC (May 12, 2001) - Terry Cook continued his streak of Top-10 finishes with a seventh-place finish in the Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway. The event, which was the 100th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start for the No....

DARLINGTON, SC (May 12, 2001) - Terry Cook continued his streak of Top-10 finishes with a seventh-place finish in the Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway. The event, which was the 100th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start for the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 driver, marked the sixth Top-10 finish for Cook in as many races this season.

"We got out of Darlington without the famous black stripe," said Cook, who was honored prior to the event for being the 11th driver in series history to eclipse the century mark in career NCTS starts. "They talked to us today in the drivers meeting and stressed racing the racetrack. I tried to do that all day. We had a good truck, it's the same truck we ran the past two races. We just kept getting caught up behind the lapped trucks. We had a better truck than where we finished."

Cook started eighth and never ran out of the Top-10 in the event that was cut short by rain on the 135th-lap of the scheduled 147-lap battle. The strong effort kept Cook in the thick of the NCTS season points chase as the Sylvania, OH native is still third in the standings, just 104 markers out of the top spot

"We had a great run going for us all day," said Cook. "When we caught up to the Top-5 trucks, we found ourselves having to battle them as well as the lapped truck each time to get by. Once we cleared the lapped traffic, the leaders were gone out of my sight."

Cook's K-Automotive Ford F-150 earned $8,925.00 for the effort leaving the 33-year-old driver just $1,552.00 from the $1 million mark in career Truck Series earnings.

"The No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 we had here today was a great truck," said Cook. "We're kind of disappointed with a seventh-place finish because we were better than that here today. We're pleased at the same time because we are taking it home in one piece. We earned another solid Top-10 finish for Ford Racing and if we keep finishing in the way we have, it will allow us to gain in the championship standings."

Cook will try to keep his Top-10 streak alive in the next race on the NCTS schedule - the Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The event will be telecast live Sunday, May 20 on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

-TCR

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