COOK LOOKING FOR ONE BETTER FROM LAST YEAR: * Cook finished second last year at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) to eventual winner, Kyle Busch. Cook started from the 29th position to post his best-career finish in two years under the ppc ...
COOK LOOKING FOR ONE BETTER FROM LAST YEAR:
* Cook finished second last year at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) to eventual winner, Kyle Busch. Cook started from the 29th position to post his best-career finish in two years under the ppc Racing banner. 2006 marks Cook's third season with ppc Racing, the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series championship team
* Crew Chief, Dennis Connor will debut its newest truck, Truck 10-11, which the team tested at Chicagoland Speedway last Monday and Tuesday
* Nicole Addison (rear tire changer) is the only female over-the-wall crew member in NASCAR's top-three divisions. This is her third year in the NCTS
* Local Angles: Dennis Connor (crew chief) is from Sylva, N.C., Scott Beam, (shop foreman) is from Hickory, N.C., Brad Dodson, (fabricator) is from Rural Hall, N.C., Ray Suman (fabricator) and Coley Summers (painter) are from Charlotte, N.C., Bryant Noogle (mechanic) is from Cornelius, N.C., Gene Revis (welder) is from Easley, S.C., Ken Sherrill (painter) is from Mooresville, N.C., Billy Davis, (fabricator) is from Six Mile, S.C. and Ken Majors (engine tuner) is from Durham, N.C.
CONNOR ON THE TEAM'S CHICAGO TEST:
"We took two trucks to the test, Trucks 08 and 11. Our initial focus was to make 08 the best it could be with all the success it had last year and we were relatively satisfied with our lap times and the handling characteristics. Toward the end of the first day, we started working on Truck 11, the newest truck to our fleet and realized Terry was most comfortable with (Truck) 11 and the speeds certainly showed. After further evaluation, we've decided to make Truck 11's debut this week; we should very competitive."
COOK ON RACING AT LMS:
"Charlotte race last year was the first race of a great summer stretch for us, ppc Racing No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team. We finished second there and ultimately thought we had a win sown up but unfortunately we broke the left-front lower valance and lost some aero downforce to the truck late in the race and I think that's what relegated us to running second as oppose to winning but nevertheless a great showing. That was by far our best race of the year leading up to the race at Kentucky, where we ultimately were leading with a few laps to go but cut a tire. That was the race that kind of started the momentum. Looking at this year, we've used Gateway to start the momentum this year but the next race we've got on the schedule is Charlotte and we'd like to carry the momentum from Gateway into Charlotte and do one better this year and move from second place to first place at the end of the night."