Preseason Test: Ford, Cook incident quotes

Terry Cook, driver of the No. 10 F-150, was involved in a multi-truck incident less than three hours into Craftsman Truck Series testing this afternoon and his ppc Racing team was forced to pack up early after the vehicle suffered extensive damage.

Terry Cook, driver of the No. 10 F-150, was involved in a multi-truck incident less than three hours into Craftsman Truck Series testing this afternoon and his ppc Racing team was forced to pack up early after the vehicle suffered extensive damage. Cook was uninjured in the incident and provided the following comments.

TERRY COOK -10-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150

WHAT HAPPENED FROM YOUR VANTAGE POINT?

"I'm not exactly sure what happened. Jack (Sprague) is a good clean driver and I just drove up on the outside of him coming through the tri-oval. I had a run at him and went to go to the outside of him, and as I passed him he just came up into me. His spotter, I guess, talked to my spotter and they thought he hit the apron going through the tri-oval. I haven't talked to Jack yet to get his side of it, so I'm not really sure what happened. We definitely didn't need that to happen. We felt like the truck was really good and would be good when we came back for Speed Weeks, and now we're going to have to go work and build a truck for Speed Weeks."

DID YOU ONLY BRING ONE TRUCK TO THE TEST?

"We're going home. We brought one truck down here, the same truck we sat with on the pole with last year and we were concentrating on it. A backup truck down here is just an afterthought. We'll just go home and go to work on it."

WITH THE LOSS OF PRACTICE TIME OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS DUE TO RAIN, DO YOU FEEL LIKE TEAMS WERE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME BY DRAFTING SO EARLY IN THE SESSION?

"Everybody kind of has their own strategy and we were going with the mindset that if you could make it fast by yourself it will race fast. When you're making changes, all you can make changes for is what you feel in the draft. You don't know if you maybe made a change to go faster, so we worked on that the first couple hours of practice and got it where we thought we were pretty fast by ourselves and just went into race trim and only made three laps there."

WITH THE NEW IMPOUNDING PROCEDURES IN PLACE THIS YEAR, DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN MAKE UP FOR THE TESTING TIME YOU LOST THIS WEEKEND?

"It probably helps you more so for Daytona because this is one track that you can really concentrate on qualifying. It's always been two totally different races - qualifying and racing. Not having to worry about qualifying and strictly worrying about the race is a good thing. As far as the practices down here, in years past they opened the last half of the last day for drafting practice and now it's just a wide-open free-for-all. I don't really think that had anything to do with what happened. Again, I'll talk to Jack to find out what happed. I don't really know what did happen, but I don't think it had anything to do with it."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook