Texas II: Terry Cook preview

FORT WORTH, TX (Octobers 8, 2003) - Terry Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team soldier on to one of the largest Ford truck markets to improve a ninth-place finish collected last June at Texas Motor ...

FORT WORTH, TX (Octobers 8, 2003) - Terry Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team soldier on to one of the largest Ford truck markets to improve a ninth-place finish collected last June at Texas Motor Speedway's 1.5 mile ultra-fast tri-oval.

"Not only is racing at Texas Motor Speedway thrilling to me because it is the second fastest track on our NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour, but it's a really neat deal to see all the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford trucks parked at the racetrack," said Cook. "When I'm signing autographs at Texas Motor Speedway, I get a lot of fans that come up to me and all they want to talk about is their Power Stroke® Diesel Ford and how they've used it in tough applications and in the same breath they tell me how their wife uses as much as they do. These Texan fans are ranchers and farmers and I bet most of them have at least one Power Stroke® Diesel Ford on their farm or parked in their driveway."

With a high-ranking for full-size pickup trucks in the Lone Star State, Cook is ready to slam the gate on his fiery competitors to be best in class and beat his top finish of sixth (10/15/99) at the tri-oval.

"We had an ill-handling vehicle back in June, but we were able to garner a ninth-place finish," said Cook. "We have bigger and better expectations this weekend and hope to capitalize at the lightening-fast tri-oval. At the speedway, you stand on the throttle in Turns 1 and 2 the entire race. The treacherous part of the track is driving into Turn 3 because the banking doesn't straighten until the middle part of the corner. The transition coming off the back-stretch into Turn 3 doesn't get easier no matter how many times you drive off into the corner. Once you get through Turns 3 and 4 you're back on the throttle flying down the front-stretch. Texas promotes exciting racing and with the points battle being so tight between the Top-4 competitors it will be another great race for the fans and viewers at home."

K-Automotive's best finish at Texas Motor Speedway is a win in June 1999 followed by a third-place finish later that October placing the Lake Orion (MI) team 25 points shy of the 1999 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship as they entered the season finale that year.

"The year 1999 was a bittersweet season for K-Automotive because Dennis Setzer entered the season finale just 25 points shy of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship leader after finishing third at Texas in October," said crew chief Bob Keselowski. "We ended up third in the points standings, but we gave a powerhouse like Hendrick Motorsports - who was the eventual champion - a run for their money. We've become accustomed to winning and being in the hunt for championships. I don't know what's happened this season. We've put our best foot forward and haven't held back any. We've made improvements, purchased new trucks, tested and did everything in our power to be more competitive. We are excited to be back at Texas because this is another track we've always ran well at in the past."

Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team will take the green flag at Texas Motors Speedway Saturday, October 11 at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook
Teams Hendrick Motorsports