Cook Richmond race notes

RICHMOND, VA (September 8, 2000) - Terry Cook's up and down 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series campaign found another low spot at Richmond International Raceway after an engine problem saddled the Sylvania, OH driver with a 30th-place...

RICHMOND, VA (September 8, 2000) - Terry Cook's up and down 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series campaign found another low spot at Richmond International Raceway after an engine problem saddled the Sylvania, OH driver with a 30th-place finish in the Kroger 200. "Richmond mirrored the story of our season," said Cook, driver of the #88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet. "It's been a bittersweet roller coaster ride. We had a good start to the day, ran good right off the transporter qualifying the PickupTruck.com Silverado sixth, the fastest Chevrolet in the field. From the beginning of the race, we fought a problem with the engine. It started fluttering real bad about three-quarters of the way down both straightaways and finally dropped a cylinder. We tried to ride it out to the end, but after about six or seven laps it just blew up all together. Unfortunately we didn't complete all 200 laps and when you don't complete the distance, it's not going to be a good day. Cook clocked in at 22.360 seconds (120.751 miles per hour) on the .750-mile Richmond oval in qualifying, sixth best in the 34-truck starting field. Cook, who started the season with three Top-5 efforts in the first five events, wasn't as lucky on this night encountering problems from the drop of the green flag. " At the start of the race, we dropped back a bit because the truck just wasn't handling like I needed it to," said Cook. "The guys on the team made some adjustments during our pit stops and we actually got the truck pretty good. On a restart around the mid-way point in the race, we got shuffled up out of the groove into the marbles in Turn 3 and almost hit the wall. I managed to save it, but dropped all the way back to somewhere around 20th spot. From there, I just got myself back into a rhythm and started to work my way back to the front. With around 40 laps to go, we were all the way back up to the 10th spot. That's when the engine let go completely." Cook coasted back into the garage area parking his PickupTruck.com Chevy at the back of the team transporter. The disappointment of moment was evident in his voice. "Like I said, this is typical of our whole season so far," said Cook. "We were teased with the way we practiced and qualified. Then when the race started, we came up short. This is not the way we needed to have it go. I guess we'll move on to Dover and hopefully put together a good run there." Cook and the rest of his Craftsman Truck Series mates will be making their first-ever appearance at Dover (DE) Downs International Speedway when they take the track on Friday, September 22 for the MBNA Palladian Travel 200. The 200-lap event on the famed Dover "Monster Mile" will be telecast by ESPN2 on a taped-delayed basis at 8 P.M. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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