TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 TALK ABOUT THE INCIDENT YOU HAD ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY, AND HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO GATHER THE TRUCK UP? "I thought it was gone. I drove it down the front straightaway almost completely sideways...
TERRY COOK-10-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150
TALK ABOUT THE INCIDENT YOU HAD ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY, AND HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO GATHER THE TRUCK UP?
"I thought it was gone. I drove it down the front straightaway almost completely sideways and then kinda gathered it up in turn one. That was my fault completely. I apologized to Bobby Hamilton after the race. The spotter was getting on the radio saying he was there as I was coming off and I was actually trying to pinch him a little bit at the same time and got into him and me into the wall at the same time. That was all my fault, but luckily we were able to hang on to that."
YOU PITTED EARLY IN THE RACE AND DIDN'T PIT AGAIN. WERE THE TIRES GIVING OUT AT THE END?
"Goodyear really brought a good tire here. Forward bite wasn't an issue all day. We pitted on lap 53 and never pitted again. To do that and to run to the end as good as we did and lead some laps really speaks very highly of the tire. Wes Ward came up here from Richmond. They had a top-five last night with the Busch car there and he came up here and called the race. It was his strategy and it worked perfect. This track right here was all about track position. It was difficult to pass all day long, and if you could work track position in your favor it was big and that's what we were able to do today."
HOW MUCH DID THE CAUTIONS HELP YOU AT THE END?
"The cautions definitely helped me. I'm not sure if it helped a lot of the other guys, but I felt like it helped me because we didn't have the truck to win or a super fast truck, so to be able to put away some laps there at the end under caution, where we really didn't have to race anybody, we were racing the caution flag and that helped us a little bit."
IS THIS A PLACE YOU WANT TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR?
"Definitely. I'll come to any track that they can sell out. With 22,00 fans, they were chanting and they were loud and that's cool. That's what gets us excited is to see a place like this exacted. I'm sure when we come back here they'll be more seats and more fans."