DOVER, DE (May 26, 2003) - After a solid run at Lowe's Motor Speedway was derailed by a punctured right front tire on the No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford machine, Terry Cook sets his sights on conquering the high-banked one-mile concrete oval ...
DOVER, DE (May 26, 2003) - After a solid run at Lowe's Motor Speedway was derailed by a punctured right front tire on the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford machine, Terry Cook sets his sights on conquering the high-banked one-mile concrete oval Dover International Speedway.
"We are excited to get to Dover after a solid run at Lowe's Motor Speedway with our new crew chief Rick Ren," said Cook, who is currently seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings 143 markers out of first. "The chemistry is already gelling with Rick which is what this K-Automotive Power Stroke® Diesel team had hoped for all along. At Lowe's Motor Speedway, we had a truck that was in position to win or capture a Top-3 finish until a flat tire took us out of contention. We are looking for a solid run at Dover, but this time with results of a win. Being able to keep the momentum going is big for our Power Stroke® Diesel program and we are looking to Dover as a springboard for our success"
As Cook looks to improve last season's 10th-place NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finish at Dover, he knows getting a grip on the track's transition is not an easy task.
"This track is ever changing because the more rubber that's laid down the more grip it puts in the track," said Cook. "The more grip you have the tighter the vehicle you'll have. When you first get on the track it's extremely loose. By the time the race starts you need to have your truck extremely loose because the track transitions from being really loose to being extremely tight by the end of the race weekend. You're constantly adjusting on it.
"Dover is a very high-banked extremely fast one-mile concrete oval," continued Cook. "I can't recall what we exactly run around there, but it's probably in the 23 second bracket. Dover's a track where there's hardly any lift time and you are basically holding your breath all the way around. We are ready for a breath of fresh air to propel this Power Stroke® Diesel Ford back to Victory Lane."
Cook's last trip to Victory Lane occurred in the 2002 Power Stroke® Diesel 200 at the .686-mile IRP short track oval. With four Top-10 finishes in as many races, Cook's approaching tracks that typically favor the K-Automotive program, but first the Indianapolis resident has to master Dover.
"Dover is definitely a very tough track to get around," said Cook who scored four wins, two Bud Pole Awards, nine Top-5s and 17 Top-10s in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. "Once we make it past 'The Monster Mile' with the same Power Stroke® Diesel Ford - 2-Dawg - that we ran at Lowe's, we have tracks like Memphis, Milwaukee, Gateway, and IRP to name a few that normally favor our race program. This team is ready to break into the win column and Dover would be a good enough place as any to start. We have a crew chief that has experience and good results there. Pulling all of our resources together, it should be a good day for the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team."
Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team will take the green flag in the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200 at Dover International Speedway Friday, May 30 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.