Phoenix: Terry Cook preview

* Semi-Final Championship Race: The temperatures outside are falling and the season is winding down. Terry Cook and the No. Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International team are heading to Phoenix for some warmer weather and a solid finish as the ...

* Semi-Final Championship Race: The temperatures outside are falling and the season is winding down. Terry Cook and the No. Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International team are heading to Phoenix for some warmer weather and a solid finish as the semi-final race of the season gets under way. With just two races remaining, the team is focused on the point's battle. Terry Cook currently sits ninth in series driver points, 22 points behind eighth place, Jack Sprague, and just 65 points out of fifth place, held by Rick Crawford

* New Truck/ Experienced Driver:The No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team is bringing chassis 14 to Phoenix. This is the same truck they build brand new for New Hampshire International Speedway where Cook finished 22nd earlier this year. Despite the truck being new to the desert one-mile, driver Terry Cook has far more experience with Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Completing 1908 laps in 12 starts, Cook has recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He also has an average start of 21.2 and an average finish of 17.2 at PIR

* 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 THE DESERT HALF-MILE:

"I'm looking forward to Phoenix. The weather is always nice and it's also a really important race for Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International. PIR is a unique race track. They reconfigured it a few years ago making the wall in turn two further back and re-asphalted it so there is a lot more grip on there now. It's a track that changes a lot from day to night so we have an added challenge. The trucks do their practice and qualifying during the day and then race at night and the track changes immensely. Being able to have a lot of adjustability in your truck is key. If we aren't perfect when the race starts, we need to have adjustability so on the first pit stop we can make the truck perfect. Ultimately it will come down to track position. It's tough to pass at Phoenix with the really tight corners in turns one and two and then sweeping turns three and four with a dog-leg on the backstretch. Phoenix offers a mix of everything. It's a multi-groove track you can race all over and expect to see a lot of that as these drivers fight for each and every position as the season winds down."

-credit: ppc racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford