STORY LINES LEADING INTO MARTINSVILLE: ~ Behind the Wheel of a Proven Machine: When Terry Cook takes to the track this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the last short track event of the 2006 season, he will be behind the wheel of a truck he...
STORY LINES LEADING INTO MARTINSVILLE:
~ Behind the Wheel of a Proven Machine: When Terry Cook takes to the track this weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the last short track event of the 2006 season, he will be behind the wheel of a truck he knows can perform. In its three outings this year, Milwaukee, IRP, and Memphis, chassis #12 has never finished outside of the top-10. After a near win in Memphis, the Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International team wanted to make sure its truck was ready to race again so they spent Monday testing at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. The team tried some new set-ups during the test to better prepare them for this weekend's race.
~ Pennsylvania Police Officers on Team: Crew members Bill Cahill and Marty Brice have full-time jobs as a sergeant with the Westtown-East Goshin Regional and Coatesville (Pa.) Police Departments, respectively. On the weekends, however, both Cahill and Brice spend their time working on the No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team. Cahill was part of a team called to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001
~ Breaking the Barriers for Women: Nicole Addison is leading the way for women to enter NASCAR with aspirations to serve as over-the-wall crew members. Addison is the rear tire changer for the No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team and is the only female over-the-wall crew member in NASCAR's top-three series. This is her second full-time year in the NCTS
~ "Professor Cook" Teaches Rookies: Before every race weekend, the NCTS holds a rookie drivers meeting prior to the first practice session and Terry Cook serves as their professor. Cook teaches the rookies everything from the racing line to avoiding trouble in the corners. On a typical race weekend, there are more than 10 Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contenders attempting to qualify for the race. Class has been in session since February
COOK ON HIS PREDICTIONS OF THE RACE:
"I'm very excited about our chances at Martinsville this weekend. We've had good luck there but the Spring race this year wasn't as kind to us. We got taken out by a lap truck but that's just typical Martinsville. You can take the best truck and get swept up in someone else's wreck. In that respect, it's a short track that races like a superspeedway, trouble could break out at any moment. We just tested Hickory this week and we learned a lot there that we can apply to the truck at Martinsville. This race will be 50 laps shorter than the spring race so track position will be even more important. A lot of teams are talking about running the race with absolutely no pit stops and the teams that do pit will do so very early in the race. Passing is a premium and there hasn't been a lot of it since they reconfigured the corners so it's all about track position. We have to put ourselves in a position to win early in the race."