Cook looks to make victory lane at Nazareth

NAZARETH, PA (July 10, 2000) - Ask any NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver how many turns he thinks there are on the one-mile Nazareth Speedway, and you're likely to get a wide range of answers. "I personally look at Nazareth as a ...

NAZARETH, PA (July 10, 2000) - Ask any NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver how many turns he thinks there are on the one-mile Nazareth Speedway, and you're likely to get a wide range of answers. "I personally look at Nazareth as a three-corner track," said Terry Cook, driver of the #88 PickupTruck.com/Transmission Technologies Chevrolet in NCTS competition. "It's pretty much a road course that continually turns left and gets you back to the start/finish line. It's a very unique track, there's nothing else like it that we race on. We usually seem to race there in the heat of the summer which also makes if more challenging." Cook and the rest of his Craftsman Truck Series mates will take that challenge when the series visits the Nazareth oval Saturday, July 15. The Chevy Silverado 200 will be the 16th of 24 events on the 2000 NCTS tour. According to Cook, knowing the subtle tricks of the layout is crucial to running a fast lap on the relatively flat Nazareth track "The key to running fast at Nazareth is getting off the final corner, the one we would normally consider Turn 4 on most tracks heading onto the main straight," Cook stated. "If you can get under a guy there and get a good run into the dogleg, you can take the line away from the other truck and pass there all day long. Getting into and off of that corner is the key to your entire lap. Miss that corner, and your whole lap is messed up. "The other key corner at Nazareth is what we'd normally call Turn 2," Cook continued. "It almost feels like it is off-camber, but it really isn't. You just have to be really careful through there. It's the most treacherous part of the track. Cook has had his ups and downs at Nazareth including one of the hardest crashes of his career in the 1998 event. Last year, Cook posted a 10th-place qualifying effort and was well up in the running order before handling problems saddled the Sylvania, OH driver with a 14th-place finish. "I've always seem to run decent there only to have something happen that spoiled our finish," stated the 32-year-old Cook. "It just seems like we've never been able to put the period on the end result there. The 1998 race is a good example of that. We were racing pretty hard with Ron Hornaday about halfway through the event. We were fourth or fifth at the time and I tried to follow him through a hole under another truck in the dogleg on the main straight. Maybe I pushed the envelope too far or something, because all of a sudden, the hole closed and we had one heck of a wreck. That killed our day right there. Hornaday went on to win the race and we were as good, maybe better than he was." Cook and his SealMaster Racing team hope they can turn those results around this time in the Chevy Silverado 200. "I really like racing at Nazareth," Cook stated. "It's a great track and one which we're capable of winning on." The Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth Speedway will take the green flag July 15 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will be telecast live on CBS and will also be broadcast by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Terry Cook