Daytona: Terry Cook preview

Terry Cook picking up where HT Motorsports left off in 08 News and Notes: * The Sylvania, Ohio native will be making his 10th NASCAR Camping World Series start at Daytona International Speedway this Friday. He has scored one pole starting ...

Terry Cook picking up where HT Motorsports left off in 08

News and Notes:

* The Sylvania, Ohio native will be making his 10th NASCAR Camping World Series start at Daytona International Speedway this Friday. He has scored one pole starting position, two top-five and six top-10 finishes in those trucks starts. Cook has also led 45 laps at Daytona in a truck.

* Cook will pilot "Freak" this Friday. This particular truck was bought two weeks before the haulers were scheduled to leave for Daytona's opening race. After it raced last season, the truck caught on fire by a freak accident sitting on the dyno one night. It was only a body and bare chassis when the team acquired the truck. The team changed the nose and tail on the truck, and did a completely new assembly to get the truck ready in time to leave for Daytona.

* The proven winner Freak did not let the team down when they took the newly assembled truck to the wind tunnel and posted one of the best drag numbers this team has dealt with in this configuration. The closest competitor is the new truck designed after Freak which belongs to teammate David Starr.

* This truck is no stranger to victory lane in Daytona. It has three victories to its credit at the superspeedway. One of those races was won from the pole starting position and the Crew Chief of the team was Danny Rollins. This victory was Rollins first race as a Crew Chief.

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Reunited with the No. 25: "The first number I ever raced with was the No. 25. It was my team; we ran out it ourselves and were very successful with that number. So when Jim (Harris) decided to change our numbers this year, he picked the No. 24 and No. 25 teams. Interestingly enough I told him, 'Hey you know that I've won like over 20 races in that number?' So if tradition holds true then we will both be happy with the choice." On Having a Teammate: "HT Motorsports has a new look this year with two teams. Jim (Harris) has a great group of guys behind him and two very excited drivers ready to win him some races. David (Starr) and I both being veterans will really help us technology wise and hopefully help us make up a lot of ground faster during practices when we share information. I've got complete confidence in this team and really enjoy racing with them."

Picking up Where you Left Off: "At the end of last year, it seemed like we were on rails. I swear our team felt like we won the championship battling to stay in the top 10 in points. It was a constant battle and a huge points race for us just like the champions. But in the end we finished where our goal was and that was a huge accomplishment for all of us. I really enjoy working with Danny (Rollins). He is in tune to me as a driver and my needs. So with him leading our team, I just get in and am the driver. That's when it is fun to get on the race track. We trust each other and that is very important."

Cook on a new season: "I'm just like every other driver out there that is ready to get back behind a wheel. It's been great seeing the cup guys on the track and seeing how they are all doing in the draft. I mean we saw Kevin Harvick come from the middle to win the race, so that tells us that Daytona is just as dicey as it always has been."

-credit: htm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Kevin Harvick , Terry Cook