St. Louis: Terry Cook preview

ST. LOUIS, MO (July 14, 2003) - Last season at Gateway International Raceway, Terry Cook notched the second win of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career and the first since 1998 when he won at Flemington, NJ. It was the first of four victories...

ST. LOUIS, MO (July 14, 2003) - Last season at Gateway International Raceway, Terry Cook notched the second win of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career and the first since 1998 when he won at Flemington, NJ. It was the first of four victories for Cook and the K-Automotive No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team in the 2002 NCTS season.

"That was a day that I was very sick," said Cook. "It goes to show you how good of a race truck we had with the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford that day. We were able to drive away from the field and dominate the race. When we originally signed our sponsorship deal with Power Stroke® Diesel in 2001, we promised to be competitive and have a chance at winning races. Well, we were competitive last season, but we had been coming up just short of Victory Lane until we won at Gateway, which was a springboard to our success midseason."

Cook reflects taking over the top spot at Lap 117 in the 2002 160-circuit event at Gateway winning by more than eight seconds over runner-up Jason Leffler.

"The truck was flawless that day," said Cook. "Obviously, Gateway was a very special win for us because we were trying so hard to get back to Victory Lane. Of course, it was my first win with Power Stroke® Diesel, Ford and K-Automotive and that was pretty special in itself. We were able to drive away from the field and dominate that race. We are trying everything to get back to Victory Lane." With the K-Automotive No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford entry, Cook has a win and a third-place finish respectively at the 1.25-mile Gateway oval.

"We definitely had a good program put together for Gateway and hopefully we can go back there and repeat," said Cook, who has eight Top-10 finishes this season. "It seems like every time we go there we run extremely well."

"Gateway is a track that I really enjoy racing because it's a mile and a half course with a shape like Martinsville," continued Cook. There are super long straight-aways with tight and sweeping corners at Gateway. Turns 1 and 2 are the tightest and Turns 3 and 4 are sweepers. Racing off of Turn 2 is where a lot of drivers shift, so you have to use a transmission with overdrive. We've never shifted because it's one more thing the driver can make a mistake on. The key at any racetrack depending on where you are at is that 99 percent of the time you drive a little easier in and more hard off the corners."

Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team will take the green flag in the 160-lap event at Gateway International Raceway Saturday, July 19 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Terry Cook