Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford Rush To Strike Gold In California FONTANA, CA (October 29, 2001) - Looking back on the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Terry Cook has had a stellar year piloting the No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Rush To Strike Gold In California
FONTANA, CA (October 29, 2001) - Looking back on the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Terry Cook has had a stellar year piloting the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150. Heading into the final race on the NCTS tour - the Auto Club 200 at California Speedway - Cook wants to cap off a career year with a win at the two-mile superspeedway.
"The only thing lacking for us in the 2001 season is a win," said Cook, who has five Top-5 and 15 Top-10 finishes in 23 races. " Short of a win, we have reached every goal we could have possibly set for this Power Stroke Diesel team."
Cook rolls into California on a high note after finishing seventh last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway in the Chevy Silverado 150. The veteran NCTS driver thinks he has the right combination to break into the victory column in the Auto Club 200.
"California is a handling track," said Cook. "It is a track where you need a lot of motor because it is a big, two-mile superspeedway. Still, you have to handle there. You can have 100 horsepower more than everybody, but if your not handling well, you're still not going to win the race. You are in the corner for so long there and how you take the corner will affect your straight-away speed.
"By the same terms, you can take a truck that's 20-25 horsepower down and still have a good shot at winning the race just by having a truck that handles well," continued Cook. "It's a combination package of aerodynamics, chassis handling and good motor package. You put the three of those together and you are going to have your race winner."
Cook, an NCTS winner at Flemington, NJ in 1998, has come close to Victory Lane twice this season with runner-up finishes at Indianapolis (IN) and Nazareth (PA) Nonetheless, this has been a career season for the Sylvania, OH native who finished 14th in the final points chase a year ago and is currently seventh heading into the California finale.
"As far as a comparing this season to last, it's like comparing apples to oranges," said Cook. "We raced for a team in the 2000 season that did not really have the resources that the K-Automotive team has. What's amazing is that this is a team that came into this season unsponsored for the first 11 races. We were able to run well and turn in some consistent top finishes. That brought Power Stroke Diesel to the table and we have really done well since then with top finishes at places like Indy and Nazareth."
Cook joined the K-Automotive team just one week prior to the Motorola 200 at California last October. Team owners Bob, Ron and Kay Keselowski were in the hunt for a driver and Cook filled the bill nicely.
"It was a situation where I needed a ride for the 2001 season and they were needing a driver," said Cook. "They were needing someone that could perform well at California to show potential sponsors that they were a team that could align themselves for the 2001 season. They happened to have a team already in operation so we were able to run a second truck at Fontana. We started 25th and pulled a strong seventh-place finish. That proved we could run well together and this season proved it even more."
Cook and the Power Stroke Diesel team will take the green flag in the Auto Club 200 Saturday, November 3. The event at California Speedway will be broadcast on MRN Radio and telecast by ESPN at 6:30 pm Eastern Standard Time.