Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford zero in on Gateway win. MADSION, IL (April 26, 2002) - After a solid third-place finish in 2001 the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway, Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford team have...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford zero in on Gateway win.
MADSION, IL (April 26, 2002) - After a solid third-place finish in 2001 the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway, Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team have their sights set on becoming the fifth different NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner in as many events at the 1.25-mile St. Louis area track.
"Gateway has been good to us," said Cook, who started last year's NCTS Gateway classic from the outside pole position. "This year, we're looking for even better results. We were unsponsored at Gateway last year and our program has benefited immensely since Power Stroke Diesel came on board as our primary sponsor at Kansas last season. Our past experience, along with their support, will fan the flame for a top finish at Gateway this year."
Cook, the 2001 Featherlite Long Haul Award winner at Gateway, is coming off a strong fifth-place finish at Martinsville (VA) Speedway in the most recent event on the tour. The Pittsboro, IN resident is eager to get back to the track he lists as one of his favorites on the circuit.
"I really enjoy racing at Gateway," Cook stated. "It's very similar to Martinsville (VA) Speedway, just a lot bigger. Both tracks have long straight-aways with tight, sweeping corners. At Gateway, Turns 1 and 2 are the tight while Turns 3 and 4 are sweepers. It's almost impossible to set your truck up to be good at both ends, so you have to compromise your set-up for one end or the other. It's a real challenge for the driver on every lap."
In addition to a new sponsor and a solid track record at Gateway, Cook will again have the benefit of racing with K-Automotive Motorsports this season.
"K-Automotive has been very successful over the years and their experience has really helped my career," said Cook, who has 10 career Top 5s and 35 career Top 10s in seven seasons of NCTS competition. "We were third at Gateway last year and K-Automotive had a second-place effort in 1999 with Dennis Setzer doing the driving. We have good notes for this track and the kind of experience that could add up to a win for us this time around."
Whatever the outcome, Cook will be guided on every lap by Kay Keselowski, the only full-time female spotter in a premier NASCAR touring division today.
"Kay is a great spotter," said Cook, who scored his career-best finish seventh in the final 2001 Truck Series championship standings. "Kay is very thorough and she is on top of everything that happens on the race track. Kay is one of the most respected spotters in NASCAR, not because she's a woman, but because she's a solid racer. I'm very comfortable having her up there looking out for me."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in this year's Gateway event Sunday, May 5 at 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast on MRN Radio.
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