Terry Cook Homestead Post Race Notes

HOMESTEAD, FL. (Feb. 26, 2000) - Running fourth in the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway spoiled Terry Cook and the ...

HOMESTEAD, FL. (Feb. 26, 2000) - Running fourth in the season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona International Speedway spoiled Terry Cook and the #88 Transmission Technologies Corporation Chevrolet team. "Our finish wasn't exactly what we were hoping for, but all in all, it was still a pretty good day for the TTC Chevrolet," said Cook of his eighth-place effort in the NCTS Florida Dodge Dealers 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday. "This is a brand new truck that never turned a lap before this weekend and we're still learning to work with it, so to come out of here with that kind of finish is great for myself and the team." Cook and his SealMaster Racing team switched to a different chassis configuration commonly known as a 'drop snout' for the Miami event. The design proved to be a handle for the TTC crew early in the weekend as they battled to get the truck up to Cook's liking. "It definitely drove different than anything else we've ever run in the Truck Series," said Cook after qualifying 13th for the Homestead race. "It drove down into the corner good, but coming off it still really wanted to turn and the back end of the truck felt loose to me. Since I've never driven this kind of truck before, I initially wasn't sure what I was supposed to be feeling." Cook quickly gained a 'feel' for the new truck after the drop of the green flag at Homestead speeding into the Top-10 by the 10th circuit. From there on out in the 167-lap race on the 1.5-mile Miami-based oval, Cook was never out of the Top-10. Late in the race, Cook decided to pit with the leaders for four fresh tires and fuel. While the maneuver didn't hurt Cook's chances of a higher finish, it didn't exactly help the Ohio driver who celebrated his 32nd birthday the day of the event. "When you have a day that isn't your best and you still wind up in the Top-10 and on the lead lap, you have to be satisfied with that," stated Cook. "We probably should have gone for track position and not taken on tires at the end, but it still worked out for us with a very good finish." Cook earned $13,561 in prize money for the effort and more importantly stayed in the season championship chase with a fourth-place total of 307 points, just 48 behind leader Mike Wallace. "Our goal this season was to be consistent and get as many Top-10 finishes as we could," said Cook, noting he had just four Top-10 efforts in 25 NCTS events all last season. "We're doing that. We're two for two in Top-10s so far. We wanted to get off to a good start to the season and we're doing that. I said coming in that we had more resources and equipment than we ever had and adding TTC as a sponsor has given us a big boost as well. I'm can't wait to get to the next race at Phoenix." The Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway will take the green flag on Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. eastern time. The third race of the 2000 NCTS season will be telecast live on ESPN.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Terry Cook