Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel to host fire & safety program for Big Brother Big Sisters at MIS. BROOKLYN, MI (July 21, 2002) - Terry Cook and Power StrokeÂ® Diesel, hot off their win in the New England 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race last...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel to host fire & safety program for Big Brother Big Sisters at MIS.
BROOKLYN, MI (July 21, 2002) - Terry Cook and Power Stroke® Diesel, hot off their win in the New England 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race last weekend, will host special guests from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations prior to the running of the Michigan 200 NCTS race Saturday, July 27, at Michigan International Speedway. A fire prevention and safety meeting featuring members of the Sylvania (OH) Police and Fire Department will highlight the event.
"This will be a fun and educational event for Big Brothers Big Sisters," said Cook, a native of Sylvania now residing in Indianapolis, IN. "These are the types of events I really enjoy being a part of because there's nothing like helping to put a smile on someone's face. My job allows me to do some pretty special things and I'm thankful for that."
"The kids are really excited," said Kathye Herrera, Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Adrian, MI. "We are always looking for programs that are going to help our kids learn things. Education is just as important as recreation in our program. It's everything that we want to incorporate into one event and it's going to be a great benefit for our children."
While Cook is happy to talk about fire safety, he's just as eager to blaze his way through the field in this year's Michigan 200. This year's event will mark a return of the Truck Series to the 2-mile Michigan oval after a one-year hiatus. Cook rolled to a ninth-place finish in the 2000 Michigan 200 and with a number of top Power Stroke Diesel and Ford brass on hand to see this year's race at their 'home track', Cook will be looking to make a favorable impression.
"Considering Michigan Speedway is in Ford's backyard, we definitely want to put on a good showing and ultimately get our fourth win of the season," said Cook, who won NCTS events at Gateway, Milwaukee and New Hampshire this season. "Michigan is widely known as being home for the 'Big Three' automakers. With the Power Stroke Diesel engine being exclusively offered as the premium diesel engine for Ford Motor Company, this is a pretty big race for us. There will be a lot of Ford representatives present and while we want to win every race, winning this one would be pretty special."
The Michigan race will also be a homecoming for Cook's K -Automotive race team that is headquartered just outside Detroit in Lake Orion, MI.
"Michigan is our home track and it's as close as we can get to home," said Kay Keselowski, part-owner and raceday spotter of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. "It holds a lot of history for us. My husband, Bob, won an ARCA race there years ago. We'll have a lot of family and friends that will come out and cheer for us."
Cook, who cut his racing teeth at a number of local Michigan and Ohio short tracks, will also have a large contingent of family, friends and fans cheering him on.
"I began driving at Flat Rock (MI) Speedway in 1987 and because of that, Michigan is a special place for me personally," said the four-time NCTS winner with 16-Top 5s and 43 Top-10s in 130 starts. "I later won the track championship in the super late model division there in my rookie year. We also won track championships at Toledo (OH) and Sandusky (OH) Speedways. With my success in this area and this being K-Automotive's hometown, we are glad to be back home at Michigan International Speedway."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Michigan 200, July 27 at Michigan International Speedway. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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