Martinsville II: Terry Cook preview

Terry Cook Reflects on Martinsville Over the Years * Terry Cook will be making his 19th start this weekend at the home track in Martinsville, VA for his team HT Motorsports. * The 14-year veteran has two top-five and five top-10 finishes on ...

Terry Cook Reflects on Martinsville Over the Years

* Terry Cook will be making his 19th start this weekend at the home track in Martinsville, VA for his team HT Motorsports.

* The 14-year veteran has two top-five and five top-10 finishes on the short track. His highest finish is third in 2001.

* Cook has completed 98.8% of all the laps he has attempted on the half-mile oval. The Ohio native has led 190 laps there.

* Most impressive on a track known for wrecked race trucks, Cook has no DNF's (did not finishes) at Martinsville Speedway.

* In 93 short track starts, Cook has two wins, four poles, 10 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes. He has led 514 laps on this particular style of track.

* This Week's Truck: Terry will pilot the HT Chassis called Slim Shady this weekend.

Pit Strategy: "In Martinsville you don't always have to have the best truck to win races. It can sometimes come down to pit strategy. In 2007 I led a ton of laps in the race and would have won the race until someone chose to drive into me and gave us a ton of fender damage. We led those laps by a great pit call by my Crew Chief Danny Rollins, and he chose not to pit when everyone else did. Track position is so critical there so that gave us the chance to get up front and I was able to hold onto it for a long time. The problem is in Martinsville you have to drive through someone to pass, and that always creates accidents. Our finish did not reflect our race, as we could have won it hands down."

Over the Years: "It used to be that you could pass on the top or the bottom in Martinsville pretty easily. But the track has changed so much over the years that you cannot do that anymore. You literally have to move someone out of your way. It brings out the best in our tempers that is for sure. But I can tell you when it comes down to going for the win, any one of us will move another one out of the way for that victory. It would be so great for my owners, Jim and Shari, who are such long time NCWTS owners to win at their home track in Martinsville. I can tell you I will do all I can to get them a victory there."

-credit: htm

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