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Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford seek golden moment in California. FONTANA, CA (October 25, 2002) - Terry Cook will be looking to strike it rich when he and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford rush to the Golden State for the NASCAR Craftsman...

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford seek golden moment in California.

FONTANA, CA (October 25, 2002) - Terry Cook will be looking to strike it rich when he and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford rush to the Golden State for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway, Saturday, November 2. With just a handful of races remaining on the 2002 season schedule, the Indianapolis resident wants to put a few more marks in the win column beginning with the annual NCTS event at the two-mile Fontana tri-oval.

"We want to win these last three races," said Cook. "You leave a lasting impression for the winter time your last couple of races of the season. If you go out of the season on a high note, it builds confidence and momentum for the team to prepare for the upcoming season. If you go out on a bad note, it leaves a sour taste in your mouth."

Even with a recent string of uncharacteristic mechanical failures, Cook's season has been stellar in every way piloting the Power Stroke Diesel Ford two Bud Poles, four wins, eight Top-5, and 14 Top-10 finishes. Only Mike Bliss, the division point's leader, has more wins than Cook this season with five.

"We've had our highs, but we've also had some bad luck," said Cook. "We are turning it around and putting all of our efforts into these last three races. It's not that we haven't put our all into the last three previous, but we're bringing a truck that we've won a lot of races with to Phoenix and Homestead and taking our Bob truck that we raced at Daytona to Fontana. Ernie Elliott has some really awesome motors lined up for us. Our confidence level is high and we are putting the bad luck behind us to concentrate on the last three to end on a good note."

At California, Cook's agenda includes improving on the sixth place finish he scored in the 2001 Auto Club 200. The Fontana race also marks a return to the track where Cook debuted in the K-Automotive seat at the end of the 2000 NCTS season.

"California is a good place for us and it's where K-Automotive and I came together," said Cook. "There are three tracks on the schedule that drafting is the biggest part of and that's Daytona, Michigan and California. The team that finds the aero balance between the chassis balance correctly will the team that will run fast all day long. Of course, you have to have a horse under the hood because it's a two-mile superspeedway. You've got three key ingredients and that's obviously handling, aerodynamics and horsepower. We want to find the best balance between all three on the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway is scheduled November 2 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The 20th race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide and telecast on a tape-delayed basis, Sunday, November 3 at 5 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

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