Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford Revving Up To Win In Volunteer State LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - Terry Cook and the No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel team are revved up to go to Nashville Superspeedway after scoring a season-best, second-place...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Revving Up To Win In Volunteer State
LEBANON, TN (August 6, 2001) - Terry Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel team are revved up to go to Nashville Superspeedway after scoring a season-best, second-place finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park. At first glance, Cook thinks the new 1.33-mile concrete Nashville track will present plenty of challenges.
"A close comparative to Nashville's shape is Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it has the concrete surface of Dover," said Cook. "I watched the NASCAR Busch Series race on television and it appeared as though they had problems throughout the race because the track was slick. If those problems have been ironed out, the fans are in for a good show."
Cook has had a breakout season in the K-Automotive Ford scoring four Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes in the first 15 races. Easily the highlight of the year so far was Cook's stellar performance at IRP in front of a large contingent of his sponsors and their associates.
"We were very pleased to grab a second-place finish at IRP," said Cook. "It would have been a perfect night if we could have pulled the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150 in Victory Lane, but it must have not been our turn. We have two races left in the six-race deal we have with Power Stroke® Diesel and I want to give them their first win. This program has been successful out of the box and I would like to give them the ultimate return on their investment."
Last year, Cook finished 11th at Nashville Speedway USA, a .596-mile bullring located on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The new Nashville Superspeedway is a far cry from the old Fairgrounds 'Friday night special.'
"It looks like the new track is a first-class facility which we are fortunate to add to our circuit," said Cook. "There's hardly a comparison between the old track and the new track. There's nothing from the old track that we will be able to roll over to the new track. They are such different facilities."
When Cook debuted with the K-Automotive team last October he had no idea what the 2001 season had in store. The association, along with a midseason alliance with Power Stroke® Diesel, has given him the boost he has been looking for to advance his NASCAR fortunes.
"I can't think of having a better sponsor than Power Stroke® Diesel and my team owners are rank right up there too," said Cook. "I had the opportunity to tour the Kentucky Ford Plant last Tuesday and the International Power Stroke® Diesel Plant Wednesday. Given my experience with diesel engines, I felt right at home. We have a perfect fit here and you don't find that close of a niche with many teams."
Cook is currently seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings heading into the race at Nashville. There are only 16 points separating him from sixth place in the standings and a mere 208 behind points leader Jack Sprague.
Cook and his Power Stroke® Diesel team will take the green flag in the Federated Auto Parts 200 Friday, August 10, at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 16th of 24 NCTS events this season will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.