Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford looking for turnaround at Martinsville. MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 5, 2002) - Terry Cook rolled to a solid third-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series classic at Martinsville Speedway a year ago....
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford looking for turnaround at Martinsville.
MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 5, 2002) - Terry Cook rolled to a solid third-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series classic at Martinsville Speedway a year ago. Competing in an unsponsored truck at the time, the podium finish gave Cook and his K-Automotive Ford team a big boost. Cook, currently 28th in the point standings after a slow start to the 2002 NCTS season, hopes the momentum of last year's Martinsville finish, along with the support of primary sponsor Power Stroke® Diesel, will get him headed in the right direction.
"The Martinsville race was the event that catapulted the K-Automotive team into the title contender ranks last year," said Cook, who had a career-best seventh-place finish in the final 2001 NCTS standings. " We need a jolt now more than ever and Martinsville is just the place to do it. Last year, we didn't have a sponsor and the great run we had at Martinsville was a big confidence builder for everyone on our team. This time, we have Power Stroke Diesel as partner and we want to cross the line first - for us and for them."
The oldest active speedway on the NASCAR circuit, Martinsville is considered one of the toughest tracks on equipment and drivers. According to Cook, getting around the venerable short-track presents several challenges for both man and machine.
"Martinsville is unique because the turns are concrete and the straight-aways are asphalt," said Cook. "You are constantly transitioning off of the asphalt onto the concrete. It is very rough and bumpy, so you really have to be careful. If you don't hit the corners just right, you can wheel hop the truck. If that happens, you can be in the middle of a big wreck real quick.
"The key to being fast at Martinsville is getting into the corner easy but getting off the corner real hard," Cook continued. "The quicker you get back on the throttle, the quicker lap times you have. You don't want to overdrive Martinsville by diving into the corners harder. You'll also burn up the brakes and you'll end up going slower. The key to Martinsville is to be aggressive, but not to aggressive where you overdrive the corners."
According to K-Automotive team owner Kay Keselowski, a win for Cook and the team at the .526-mile oval isn't out of the question.
"I think we have a real shot at winning this race," said Keselowski, who has the distinction of being the only woman to be a full-time race spotter in a major NASCAR racing division. "Martinsville has been an unbelievable racetrack for K-Automotive and Terry has run very well there in the past. We have a great short-track program just missing a win and finishing second at Indianapolis last year. A victory at Martinsville would be a great boost for our team."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Advance Auto Parts 250 Saturday, April 13 at Martinsville. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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