Terry Cook Las Vegas race notes

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 14, 2001) - Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Ford finished 13th in the Orleans 350 overcoming a rash of problems that began to spring up before the start of the 146-Lap event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As...

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 14, 2001) - Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Ford finished 13th in the Orleans 350 overcoming a rash of problems that began to spring up before the start of the 146-Lap event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As the pace car toured the 1.5 mile paved oval prior to the 219-mile event, NASCAR officials notified crew chief Bob Keselowski there was an object lodged in the fuel cell overflow of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. That forced Cook to pit on the second of third pace lap relegating him to the tale end of the 36-truck field at the drop of the green flag. "We had a wrench stuck in the fuel cell opening" said Cook. We were supposed to start 12th, but we started at the tale end of the field. Fortunately, that was not a huge deficit." By Lap 20, Cook found his way back to the Top-10. Unfortunately, Cook was then fighting a losing battle with an ill-handling red, silver and black truck. "The truck was real free in getting in the corners and real snappy the entire race," said the 33-year-old Indianapolis resident. "We got it to feel a little better, but it was never right. We never had a comfortable feel getting into the corner. It would get through the center good, but you would pick the throttle up off and it caused a bad push up off the corner. Basically, that was our biggest problem all day long." No matter what changes were made to the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford, Cook was never able to get a handle on the truck. "Initially, the K-Automotive team put on four tires and that was probably the best the truck was all race," said Cook." Ultimately, we got caught a lap down middle part of the race. We chased it from there and made every change we could throughout the race and could not get it where we wanted it. From that point we just tried to salvage a decent finish without wrecking the truck." Cook earned $9,140 for the 13th-place effort and maintained eighth in the NCTS points standings, 389 out of first place. Next up for Cook and the Power Stroke Diesel team is the Chevy Silverado 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Cook took home a 14th-place finish after starting 10th at the 1-mile paved speedway a year ago. "I'm looking forward to going back to Phoenix," said Cook. "I didn't fair too bad there last season. We will take what we've learned here today with all of the changes we threw at the truck, and try to use it next week." The Phoenix event will take the green flag Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The race will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio at 5 pm Eastern Time.

-TCR-

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Series NASCAR Truck
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