Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford sixth at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 15, 2002) - After running near or in the lead for a good part of race, Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Ford settled for a sixth-place finish in the ...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford sixth at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 15, 2002) - After running near or in the lead for a good part of race, Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Ford settled for a sixth-place finish in the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm happy with our effort, but disappointed at the same time because we came here to win the race," said Cook. "We brought home a solid finish for the first race of the season and we are leaving here with the truck in one piece."
Cook started 20th in the 36-truck event and immediately rocketed into the Top-5 by the 12th lap of the 100-circuit event. After the early charge, Cook was a fixture in the Top-10 all day long rolling to the top of the leader board for the first time at Lap 57. A round of pit stops put Cook back in the field before the Sylvania, Ohio native again moved to the front of the pack at Lap 80.
A multi-truck crash just a handful of laps from the finish turned the event into a wild, dash to the checkered flag with Cook squarely in the middle of the action.
"We were in second when the yellow then red flag waived at Lap 95," said the six-year NCTS veteran. "When we went back to racing, we were faced with a green-white-checkered flag scenario. We lined back up and gave our all hoping to take a shot at the leader, Rick Carelli. Unfortunately, we were shuffled back to sixth at the finish."
While Cook was disappointed with the final result, he was pleased with the front-running effort by his team.
"It was a tremendous effort from the Power Stroke Diesel team," said Cook, who now owns a pair of sixth-place and a fourth-place finish in three Daytona Truck Series events. "Ultimately, we want to be in the mix for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crown and this finish is an example of what our team is capable of every week. We're definitely going to be in the hunt for the championship this season."
The effort earned Cook and the K-Automotive No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel $20,150 in prize money. Cook, who finished a career-best seventh in the final 2001 NCTS standings, is sixth in the 2002 championship chase, 30 points out of first place.
Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel/K-Automotive Ford will take the Darlington Speedway challenge Friday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Craftsman Anniversary 200 will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.
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