Cook, K-Automotive And Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford Combining Winning Notes For Nazareth NAZARETH, PA (August 20, 2001) - Every NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team has a favorite track and after winning last year at Nazareth Speedway, you can be...
Cook, K-Automotive And Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Combining Winning Notes For Nazareth
NAZARETH, PA (August 20, 2001) - Every NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team has a favorite track and after winning last year at Nazareth Speedway, you can be sure the No. 29 K-Automotive team lists the unique, one-mile Pennsylvania oval in that category.
"It was pretty special to us to win at Nazareth last year because our driver at the time, Dennis Setzer, had a hard crash at New Hampshire the week before," said Kay Keselowski, who owns the K-Automotive Power Stroke Diesel Ford along with Bob and Ron Keselowski. "We put Bob, who is normally our crew chief on race day, on standby as relief driver. We had him sitting on pit wall with his driver's uniform on. We were almost certain that Dennis would not be able to finish the race, but he pulled through like a trooper and won. We are going back to Nazareth with set-up information that produced a win last year and are confident we can get the same results with Terry Cook behind the wheel of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford this year."
Cook is coming off a sixth-place finish in the most recent event at Chicago Motor Speedway and has not finished out of the Top-10 in the last five NCTS events. Cook opened the month of August with a strong, second-place finish at Indianapolis Raceway Park and has had some success of his own at Nazareth Speedway qualifying second, leading and finishing sixth in last year's event.
"We captured the outside pole and led some laps," said Cook of last year's race. "We ended up getting caught a lap down cycling through pit stops. I was able to pick it back up and charge to sixth. We had a good truck and Nazareth is one of many tracks I enjoy racing. I ran my first Nazareth race in 1997 and I've actually run well there ever since. I enjoy racing there because it's one of the more challenging tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. Drivers have to upshift, downshift and proceed up the hill, down the hill. The track has one long straight-away one dogleg straight-away. It's a very challenging layout."
Cook's racing fortunes got a big boost this past weekend at Chicago when Power Stroke Diesel and K-Automotive announced an extension of their sponsorship agreement through the end of the 2001 NCTS season. The original program was slated for six events and was to end at Chicago. Strong results both on and off the track have allowed the program to move forward.
"We are really excited about the Power Stroke Diesel extending their program because the people have been unbelievably awesome work with these past six races," said Keselowski. "We are certainly thrilled to be carrying their banner for the remainder of the season."
"I hate to be redundant, but I said when we first announced the program at Milwaukee that this was the shot that K-Automotive needed and was looking for," said Cook. "This now is the double shot of adrenaline for the team. We wanted to finish out the year with Power Stroke Diesel because we have had so much success. We are fortunate enough to now have them and their associate partners on board for the rest of the year. I am very excited about the balance of the season and we are all continuing to put our best foot forward."
Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth Speedway, Sunday, August 26, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.