SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 28, 2001) - Terry Cook scored his 14th Top-10 finish of the season rolling to a seventh-place effort in the NetZero 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday night under the lights of South Boston Speedway. ...
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (September 28, 2001) - Terry Cook scored his 14th Top-10 finish of the season rolling to a seventh-place effort in the NetZero 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday night under the lights of South Boston Speedway.
"It's a little disappointing because we had a truck capable of sitting on the pole and winning, but we are pleased to come away with a solid Top-10 finish," said Cook. "We had a really good truck yesterday in testing. We just missed the setup a little bit. We were dialing on it and thought we were dialing the right way, but we may have dialed ourselves right out of the ballpark."
Cook managed to stay in the Top-10 throughout the event despite the ill-handling condition of his red, black and silver No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. As the condition worsened, crew chief Bob Keselowski determined Cook should short pit at Lap 98. Diving onto pit road without the front runners, the K-Automotive team put on ride side tires and raised the track bar in an effort to improve the handling of Cook's truck.
"The pit strategy at that point was a no brainer," said Cook. "We had a really tight truck and needed to make adjustments anyway. Bob and I talked on the radio and we went with what you call a road course strategy. That's where you short pit and get ahead of the trucks so when they pit they are all lined up behind you."
The strategy worked as the pitted on Lap 136 pushing Cook from seventh to second behind NASCAR veteran Morgan Shepherd. Back under green, Cook filled Shepherd's mirrors with the Power Stroke® Diesel's white logo diving underneath the No. 21 truck to snatch the lead at Lap 152.
"The short pit strategy worked for us because we were able to lead some laps," said Cook. "Unfortunately, the Power Stoke® Diesel Ford was still way too tight to navigate around the track. It was tight thru the center and just would not turn."
While Cook was trying to tame his bucking mount, Musgrave motored by to take the lead from the Indianapolis resident.
"I'm not sure what happened on the restart when Ted lined up behind me," said Cook. "I went down in the corner and the truck would not turn at all. It was like we had a bunch of build up in the right front tire. We were in second and trying our best to hold on. Then the caution flew and we decided we needed to pit again because we knew we didn't have the truck to win at that point. And, that's what we came here to do."
Back under green, Cook did his best to work his way back to the front eventually settling for the solid seventh-place finish. The effort earned Cook $8,625 in prize money and kept him seventh in the NCTS season championship standings.
Cook and his Power Stroke® Diesel team will next take the green flag in the Chevy Silverado 350, Friday, October 5 at 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The test on the ultra fast Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.