Bad luck continues to plague Cook at Milwaukee

WEST ALLIS, WI (July 3, 2000) - "I guess it's a good thing the race ended when it did. I'd hate to think what else might have happened had we run any longer." You can't blame Terry Cook if he was in a hurry to leave the Milwaukee Mile...

WEST ALLIS, WI (July 3, 2000) - "I guess it's a good thing the race ended when it did. I'd hate to think what else might have happened had we run any longer." You can't blame Terry Cook if he was in a hurry to leave the Milwaukee Mile at the conclusion of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Sears DieHard 200. After a full day of misfortune, all Cook wanted to do was pack up and head for home. "It was another disappointing day for the PickupTruck.com Chevrolet," said Cook. "This makes the fourth race in a row we've had a truck strong enough to win the race only to have something reach out and bite us." The biggest of several "bites" came just short of the 150-lap mark when Cook's bright orange #88 Chevrolet tangled with Rick Carelli's mount sending Cook into the Turn 1 wall. "I went down into Turn 1 on the outside of the 66 truck (Carelli) and from my seat, I held my line," said Cook. "Unfortunately, we made contact and I ended up spinning and backing the truck into the wall." The crash was just one of several problems that plagued the Sylvania, OH driver throughout the 200-lap affair on the famed Wisconsin State Fair Park oval. "At the start of the race, we moved up a spot or two and immediately picked up a vibration under braking, something I figured was a problem with one of the front brake rotors," said Cook, who took the green flag from the seventh position. "I was able to run the truck fairly easy and still hold my position, so I decided to just ride and save what we had for later in case I had the opportunity to make a charge near the end of the race. I didn't want to take a chance on ending up without any brakes at all, so I just ran easy." Comfortably running with the leaders, Cook saw his chances of victory take a serious hit when he headed for pit road and the initial round of service. "When we made our first pit stop, the right rear tire changer had a problem with the lugs and didn't get them all on," Cook stated. "We had to come back in and get the rest of them under green which cost us a lap. If we hadn't had to come back in, we'd have been in great shape because I came out of the pits right behind Kurt (race winner Kurt Bush). My truck was strong enough to work our way back up to the first truck a lap down and I thought we'd really have a shot at getting our lap back when another caution came out." Cook never got that chance as the incident with Carelli on Lap 149 ended any hopes of a strong finish. "The guys on the team did a super job of putting the truck to where I could go back out and at least try to salvage some points after we wrecked," said Cook. "We weren't actually that bad for all the damage we had, but then we cut down a right front tire and that put us even further behind." At the finish, Cook was officially credited with 188 laps and a 21st-place finish. The effort earned him $8,675 in prize money. "I keep telling myself not to get down, that we've had a good truck the past four races and run well," Cook concluded. "We've just had some bad luck. I don't know what we're going to have to do to get this monkey off our back. Whatever it is, I'm willing to do it. This is the truck we planned to run at New Hampshire next week , so we'll have to go back to the shop and put in some long hours getting it back in shape. I know things are going to turn around for us. It's just tough to continue to have things go wrong and take us out of contention when we've had a truck capable of winning the race." As Cook mentioned, the next stop on the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour is New Hampshire International Speedway. The New Hampshire 200 will be run Saturday, July 8, and will be telecast live by CBS. The 15th of 24 series events this season will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Rick Carelli