Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Finish Seventh At Phoenix
PHOENIX, AZ (October 26, 2001) - Terry Cook and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford Team scored a solid seventh-place finish in the Chevy Silverado 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.
"We ran third for a long time and we thought we were going to have a Top-3 finish," said Cook, who notched his 15th Top-10 finish of the NCTS season. "Unfortunately, we just got too tight at the end of the race and we were fighting for traction. We let those trucks get by us on the final three laps when it went green-white-checker. We needed this race to stay green at the end."
Cook started the 159-lap event 12th breaking into the Top-10 on the third circuit. Cook continued his march through the field passing Winston Cup driver Stacey Compton for fifth on Lap 44.
"When we were passing Compton, we were tight in the middle and the truck was twitchy in Turn 2," said Cook. "We were burning the tires off trying to catch the front runners with conditions becoming tighter on the truck."
With his sights on leader Jack Sprague, Cook headed for pit road under caution on Lap 60 for left side tires and a chassis adjustment. Another caution, this one on Lap 72, had Cook taking on right side tires with hopes of freeing up the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel truck.
"The pit crew had great pit stops all day," said Cook. "We decided to take on left-side tires to free up the truck. We had a strong truck and strong pit stops and that's something to be really proud of."
Cook's red, silver and black Power Stroke Diesel Ford continued to chase 2000 NCTS champion Greg Biffle and Sprague over the final half of the race. A rash of cautions in the final laps set up a number of restarts, the final one shuffling Cook back in the running order at the finish.
"I was hustling the thing as hard as I could with 30 laps to go trying to catch Jack and Greg and I think I ran out of tires," said Cook. "Because of that, I let three trucks get by me. Man, what a disappointment."
"I am looking forward to putting this race behind us and looking ahead to the final race at California," continued Cook. "We've got something going here and we are right on the edge of winning a race. I'm confident we be in the running for a win at California and we want to give Power Stroke Diesel their first win in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series."
Cook earned $9,175 for the seventh-place effort and moved into seventh in the NCTS points standings.
The Power Stroke Diesel team travels to California next week where Cook joined the K-Automotive team for the final race of the 2000 season. The effort produced a seventh-place finish and an association that continued into the 2001 NCTS season.
Cook will take the green flag in the Auto Club 200 at California Speedway, Saturday, November 3, at 4:30 p.m. The 100-Lap event at the two-mile superspeedway will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio.