Homestead Terry Cook Preview

HOMESTEAD, FL. (Feb. 21, 2000) -- Last year, Terry Cook headed into the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race of the season - the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway - thinking his SealMaster Racing Chevy might be among...

HOMESTEAD, FL. (Feb. 21, 2000) -- Last year, Terry Cook headed into the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race of the season - the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway - thinking his SealMaster Racing Chevy might be among the top trucks entered in the event. After a spectacular fourth-place finish in the Daytona 250 NCTS 2000 season lid lifter last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Cook knows he'll be among the favorites at Homestead this time around. "We are third in the points right now and we never have started a season this good," stated Cook. "The Daytona race was awesome for us. It was great performance by everyone involved. That's what this team needed - little momentum to get rolling. We're taking a lot of confidence into the race at Homestead." Last year, the Homestead race proved to be a Jekyll and Hyde affair for Cook as he qualified seventh only to see his hopes of a good finish come to a grinding halt in an accident on Lap 157. Cook, who missed a big wreck to score the top Daytona finish, knows he'll have to avoid the crashes to finish better than last year's 19th-place effort at Homestead this time around. He also thinks he knows what it takes to get around the tricky 1.5-mile Homestead oval. "Homestead is a driver's track," said Cook. "The key to getting around there well is being able to run your truck way down into the corners. Even though the track is real flat and not a lot of banking there, you really have to pound it in there. The turns are real wide and sweeping, so you have to run the thing off into the corner. You have to be easy on the brakes saving them most of the race. You need a good strong motor to get down the straights at Homestead too. We think we have all of that." Something else the team will have heading into Homestead is the backing of a solid sponsorship partner - Transmission Technologies Corporation. The firm, which designs, develops, manufactures and markets transmissions for a wide variety of vehicles ranging from passenger cars to Class 8 commercial trucks, came on board Cook's #88 Chevy Silverado the week of the Daytona event. "It was great the TTC people signed up with us at Daytona," said Cook. "To have their people here and to take there brand and run it to the lead and a great fourth-place finish at Daytona was so important for us. We know we can get the job done on the racetrack, but we want to be able to be a solid business partner for TTC as well. At Daytona, we were able to do that. The challenge now will be to carry that through the season, both on and off the track. We're looking forward to a real long term, successful relationship between TTC and SealMaster Racing."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook