SOUTH BOSTON, VA (October 1, 2003) - After leaving Las Vegas Saturday with a respectable seventh-place finish, Terry Cook is back to short track action striving to keep the momentum alive as the Power Stroke Â® Diesel team enters Big...
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (October 1, 2003) - After leaving Las Vegas Saturday with a respectable seventh-place finish, Terry Cook is back to short track action striving to keep the momentum alive as the Power Stroke ® Diesel team enters Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway's .4-mile oval.
"We've built some momentum coming off of a decent finish at Las Vegas and we are ready to keep this train moving in a forward motion," said Cook. "Our program favored short tracks last season and South Boston is a type of track that I enjoy racing the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel/Oil Mateâ"' Ford. If we keep ourselves out of trouble, we will have a solid finish."
Cook evaded mishaps garnering a seventh-place finish in the 2001 inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the South Boston oval. Misfortune did not elude the Indianapolis driver last season as he was forced to settle for a 25th-place finish after starting fifth in the 250-lap event.
"We had unhealthy water temperatures early on in the race and then we got caught up in a wreck that compounded our troubles which disrupted our efforts for a Top-5 finish at South Boston," said Cook. "We were able to pull together to work on the truck to get it back out on the track. We lost a lot of laps coming in and going behind the wall a couple times, but we were able to finish the race and avoid a DNF."
Being the shortest track on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule, the 46-year-old Southern Virginian track is capable of producing mayhem in a hurry. Cook's biggest challenge racing South Boston is to avoid being involved in someone else's tangled web.
"With South Boston being the smallest track on our tour, you can get caught up in someone else's mess in less than a blink of an eye," said Cook. "Someone can spin in front of you and stack up seven, eight or more trucks. It's definitely a track where luck has to be on your side. We were snake-bitten there last season, but we are very positive that luck will go our way this time around. We are motivated and excited to get back to short track racing because it's always been our strong suit in the past."
Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel Ford team will take the green flag in the John Boy and Billy 250 at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway Saturday, October 4 at 4:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The 100-mile event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.