Terry Cook feels the black cloud at Loudon

LOUDON, NH (July 8, 2000) - You can't blame Terry Cook for feeling like there's a black cloud hanging over his head. The driver of the ...

LOUDON, NH (July 8, 2000) - You can't blame Terry Cook for feeling like there's a black cloud hanging over his head. The driver of the #88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet saw a Top-10 finish end with a thud crashing just two laps from the finish of the thatlook.com 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at New Hampshire International Speedway. The wreck marked the fifth-straight race where Cook has seen misfortune spoil a solid effort. "I'm not really sure what happened," said Cook of the Lap 198 mishap. "Somebody said the 18 truck (Joe Ruttman) blew up down in the corner or up the front stretch put some oil down in the corner. It's a shame - everybody gets through it except us. We do the same thing every lap and there was only two laps left and we hit some oil and back it in the wall. We went from 10th to 17th. We're just are not sure what we have to do to turn our luck around. We are going to get it, I guarantee to you. We are going to keep plugging away until we get it." Cook started the 200-lap event on the 1.058-mile New Hampshire oval from the 13th position. "I guess that consistency is the word for today," said Cook after the qualifying effort Friday. "We were 13th fastest in practice and 13th fastest in qualifying this afternoon. We were just a little too free in qualifying and we couldn't keep it tight up into the corner. There's no doubt that the track here at Loudon is a driver's race track and it's a track where if you get in a good rhythm and have a decent truck underneath you, you can march your way to the front. That's what we want to do." Cook did his marching early narrowly missing a grinding crash on the second lap of the race. Throughout the rest of the event, the Sylvania, OH driver posted a steady effort keeping his #88 PickupTruck.com mount in contention for the Top-10 finish. That seemed to be a reality until the final laps when Lady Luck again turned her back on Cook. The 17th-place finish earned Cook and his SealMaster Racing team $8,745 in prize money. Next up for Cook and his bright orange #88 Chevy will be the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth (PA) Speedway. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event will be televised live on CBS beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, July 15. The event will also be broadcast live on MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Joe Ruttman