Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford second in Memphis clash.
MEMPHIS, TN (June 22, 2002) - Terry Cook scored his second Top-5 finish of the season rallying a solid second-place effort in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday.
"I think it was a situation that if we could have got the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford around Travis Kvapil, we may have been able to pull away," said Cook, who started eighth in the 200 Lap event. "He did a great job and kept his truck on the bottom of the track. You needed to be on the bottom and that's where he was running. The Power Stroke Diesel Ford was a work horse, but it became tight through the center and eventually tighter because we had an aero push."
Cook wasted little time jumping into the Top-5 at the drop of the green. The seven-year NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran stayed there throughout the event falling out of the front-running group only when he pitted for fresh tires and fuel. After each stop, Cook would race his way back through the field eventually closing to the back of Kvapil's tailgate in the final laps.
"When I finally ran down Travis, the only thing I could do was try to get a run on him off the corner and get up underneath him," said Cook. "I had him a couple a times getting underneath him in Turn 1. He started to come down the track when I was beside him. If I would have hit him he probably would have wrecked. I wouldn't have done that because that's not the way I race. Hopefully, Travis will return the favor one day."
Cook earned $29,975 for his Top-5 effort. The Indianapolis, IN resident is currently ninth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Points Standings, 160 markers out of first.
Next up Cook takes a trip down memory lane at the famed Milwaukee Mile where his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start occurred in 1996. Last season, Cook announced Power Stroke Diesel's partnership with K-Automotive Motorsports prior to the event before turning in a fourth-place performance.
"Last year at Milwaukee was a great success for myself, Power Stroke Diesel by International, Ford and K-Automotive Motorsports," said Cook. "This will be Power Stroke's one year anniversary as a truck sponsor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We will have our friends from the Melrose Park (IL) office there and employees from the Waukesha (WI) Manufacturing Plant. It should be a fun time for all of us."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford take the green flag in the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile Saturday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN. MRN Radio will also carry the event on more than 350 stations worldwide including the American Armed Forces Network.