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ST. LOUIS, MO (May 7, 2000) - Some days, the breaks just don't go your way. "We were a victim of circumstances," said Terry Cook after piloting his ...

ST. LOUIS, MO (May 7, 2000) - Some days, the breaks just don't go your way.

"We were a victim of circumstances," said Terry Cook after piloting his #88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway. "We pitted right in the middle of the green flag pit sequence and got caught when the caution came out and a couple of the leaders hadn't pitted yet. Up until then, we'd run in the same straightaway with the leaders all day. We couldn't have done anything differently. If we'd have tried to stretch the fuel, we might have run out and been even worse off. I can't fault the call to pit, it was the right thing to do. We just got caught by the luck of the draw."

Cook's qualifying draw proved to be a quick one as he sped to a lap of 130.837, good enough to take the green flag Sunday from the fourth starting position. The Sylvania, OH driver stayed in contention for the win throughout the first half of the race only to see the pit stop cycle ruin any chance of scoring his first victory of the 2000 season.

"Once we got behind, Jerry (crew chief Jerry Cook) coached me nearly every lap," said Cook. "He was telling me who we needed to race, how quick I was catching them and how many laps we had left so I could know if we could catch them. The last one, the 41 truck (Randy Renfrow) , was just a little too close for comfort. We caught him going into the last turn and they told me the television replay showed that if we hadn't have put an extra strip of tape on the grille today, we wouldn't have beat him. It was that close."

The Top-10 effort netted Cook $11,395 in prize money and kept him in the Top-10 in NCTS season points.

"Even with the bad luck on the pitting sequence, we managed to battle back to a Top-10 finish," Cook stated. "When you can do that, it isn't all that bad. We didn't lose anything in the points race. We're still in 10th place, just about where we started out of the Top-5. We'll just have to work on having solid Top-10s and Top-5s and when we do that, we'll be in contention to win one of these things."

Cook will get his next shot at a trip to Victory Lane on Saturday, May 13, when he and the rest of the NCTS regulars take on the tough .75-mile Memphis Motorsports Park oval. The event will be telecast live by ESPN beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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