CLERMONT, IN (August 2, 2002) - All season long, Terry Cook has said if he was going to win any race this season, he would want it to be his team sponsor's event - the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. On Friday, Cook not only...
CLERMONT, IN (August 2, 2002) - All season long, Terry Cook has said if he was going to win any race this season, he would want it to be his team sponsor's event - the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. On Friday, Cook not only won the event, he totally dominated it.
"There is one race that you want to win all year long, the race we earmarked early in the season and that's the Power Stroke Diesel 200," said Cook, who moved to second place in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings with the victory. "We are definitely on our game with our flat track stuff and tonight was a pretty amazing ride. To come back and be only five points behind is pretty incredible."
Cook's No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford by International was a rocket from the moment it was rolled off the trailer Friday setting the top speed in practice before backing it up with his second Bud Pole Award of the season. Cook sped away from the 36-truck starting field at the drop of the green flag and never looked back until he pitted under caution on Lap 89 for fresh tires, fuel and a minor chassis adjustment. Running seventh on the restart at Lap 93, Cook went right back to the front 20 laps later and set sail for his fourth victory of the season much to the delight of a packed house of Power Stroke Diesel and International Truck and Engine Corporation VIP's, associates and fans.
"We led the most laps, we got the win and we maximized our bonus points," said Cook who led all but 22 of the 200 laps contested on the .686-mile IRP oval. "If we keep doing this every week, we're going to get a championship."
Cook's first-place effort earned him $48,260 of the $467,393 in posted prize money for the event. By winning from the pole, Cook pocketed an extra $10,000 bonus from series sponsor Craftsman Tools. It was the second time this season that Cook grabbed the bonus cash and is the only driver to collect the award this season having done it twice also winning from the pole at Milwaukee. The seven-year NCTS veteran also pocketed the Featherlite Long Haul Award and a Gatorade Front Runner Award in dominating fashion.
Most importantly, the five-time NCTS career winner is now second in the season standings with 2,074 points, just five markers behind division leader Mike Bliss.
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will return to action in the Federated Auto Parts 200 Saturday, August 10, at Nashville (TN) Superspeedway. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRUCK AND ENGINE CORPORATION
International Truck and Engine Corporation is the operating company of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV). International Truck and Engine is a leading producer of mid-range diesel engines, medium trucks, heavy trucks, severe service vehicles, and a provider of parts and service sold under the International® brand. The company also is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. Additionally, through a joint venture with Ford Motor Company, the company will build medium commercial trucks and currently sells and services truck and diesel engine parts. International Truck and Engine has the broadest distribution network in the industry. Financing for customers and dealers is provided through a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar. Additional information can be found on the company's Web site at www.InternationalDelivers.com.