Cook, Power Stroke Diesel Ford after rock top finish at Bristol BRISTOL, TN (August 15, 2003) - As Terry Cook recounts Ford Racing's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win (6/23/95) at Bristol Motor Speedway's .533-mile oval one year prior to...
Cook, Power Stroke Diesel Ford after rock top finish at Bristol
BRISTOL, TN (August 15, 2003) - As Terry Cook recounts Ford Racing's first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win (6/23/95) at Bristol Motor Speedway's .533-mile oval one year prior to entering division himself, the Indianapolis resident wants nothing less than a victory for his No. 29 Power Stroke0x00ae Diesel team Wednesday evening at one of the largest sports arenas in Tennessee which boasts its 36-degree corner banking concrete oval.
"Bristol Motor Speedway is a special place for Ford Racing because they captured there first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win there," said Cook, whose best finish at Bristol Motor Speedway is fourteenth in 1998. "This will be the first time in my racing career going to Bristol with strong support from Power Stroke0x00ae Diesel by International and Oil Mate0x2122. I feel this is the biggest opportunity I've had to be able to run very competitively at Bristol. The last few times I have run Bristol, I was with an under funded truck team that just didn't have the equipment to run good at Bristol. Now, I'm going there with a great crew chief and a team that has had great success at Bristol. Rick Ren had a fourth-place finish (6/5/99) there with driver Andy Houston and the K-Automotive team had a fifth-place finish (6/5/99) there with driver Dennis Setzer."
Cook welcomes Bristol Motor Speedway's return to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule after a three-year absence. In five NCTS events, Bristol has produced four different winners with all victors starting the race inside the Top-3.J "We are excited to see Bristol back on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule," said Cook. "Bristol is a very demanding track and track position is essential there as past NCTS races have proven. Bristol is rigorous and it's track where you never catch your breathe."
Holding one's breath for one lap in the No. 29 Power Stroke0x00ae Diesel by International at the .533 mile-oval equates approximately to 15 seconds which is not a lot of time for drivers to tackle the four 36-degree banked corners according to Cook.
"At Bristol you are on a half-mile track turning 200 laps in a 15-second bracket all race long," said Cook, who has 11 Top-10s in 15 NCTS starts this season. "You are out of one corner and you are setting up for the next one and you are in it before you know it. When you have a track that has 36-degree banking turns that are concrete, the fastest way around is right on the bottom of the track which can be treacherous. The fastest way around Bristol that I have seen is to kind of brush the apron getting into the corner and let the truck drift up the center and brush the apron coming back off the corner and let the truck accelerate up against the wall down the straight-away while you set up for the next corner. The guy that can do that the best and keep it on the bottom of the track all race long is the one that will be up front all night long."
Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke0x00ae Diesel by International team will take the green flag in the O'Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife at Bristol Motor Speedway at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.