INDIANAPOLIS, IN - After a pair of Top-10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finishes to open the 2001 season, Terry Cook won't be taking a break this weekend despite the fact the NCTS ranks are not scheduled to compete. "I'm going to run a USAC...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - After a pair of Top-10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finishes to open the 2001 season, Terry Cook won't be taking a break this weekend despite the fact the NCTS ranks are not scheduled to compete. "I'm going to run a USAC midget race on Saturday," said Cook, driver of the No 29 K-Automotive in NCTS competition this season. "It is called Thunder in the Dome and it takes place in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. We ran it last year and we had a lot of fun. I usually help the East family (chassis builder Bob East) with their cars when I can during the summer and last year's Thunder in the Dome was a chance for me to get behind the wheel and play a little."
While Cook has had two strong outings to kick off the 2001 NCTS campaign, his luck wasn't anywhere near as good in attempting to finish his first Thunder event last year.
"Unfortunately, we wrecked in the 40-lap preliminary feature before the 100-lap main event," said Cook, who served at Tony Stewart's crew chief last November when Stewart grabbed his first-ever USAC Turkey Night midget feature win in California. "To get into the main, you have to transfer from a top-12 spot. We were in a transfer position, but we got caught up in a wreck not of our own doing. Somebody wrecked out in front of us and we just happened to get caught up in it. We didn't make the big show last year, but we got in a lot of laps. This year our goal is to make the big show. We want to complete the 100-lap event and stay on the lead lap and just have some fun."
While Cook is looking forward to this weekend's event, he knows it will probably be his only chance to compete in a midget car this season.
"My wife Amy will only allow me to only run this one race a year," said Cook of his new wife, Amy East Cook. "I think she lets me do it because it is an indoor race and we don't go real fast. Once again, it just gives me the chance to drive the cars that I actually work on in and it helps me understand a little more about them. It's also a lot of fun to do."
Thunder in the Dome XVII at the RCA Dome will take the green flag Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Cook will return to the seat of his No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 Saturday, March 17, 2001 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Orchard Supply Hardware 250 will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.