CONCORD, NC (May 9, 2003) - With four Top-10 finishes in as many races this season and veteran NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crew chief Rick Ren joining the K-Automotive team since the last event at Martinsville, VA, Terry Cook is optimistic his...
CONCORD, NC (May 9, 2003) - With four Top-10 finishes in as many races this season and veteran NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series crew chief Rick Ren joining the K-Automotive team since the last event at Martinsville, VA, Terry Cook is optimistic his Power StrokeÂ® Diesel/Oil Mateâ"' Ford team can break through and win in the division's next event - the Hardee's 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
"We're ready to get back to racing the No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel/Oil Mateâ"' Ford to build momentum and put some marks in our win column," said Cook. "Despite everything that has happened over the last couple of months, we have pulled together and had a good start to the season. We look at Lowe's Motor Speedway as a kick off to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. It's hard to starting a season when you race then you have a month off and then race again. It's difficult to get any consistency going. Traditionally, the more races we run consecutively the better we run as a team. Running well is attributed to a having a really good race team and all of us working together. On top of that, we are fortunate to have Rick Ren on board and we now have two superior individuals - Rick and Bob Keselowski - working together to get the job done."
The inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Lowe's will not be Cook's first tour of the ultra-fast, 1.5-mile Concord, NC oval.
"We wrapped up testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway this week," said Cook. "It was the second time I've tested Lowe's with K-Automotive. The track is a lot harder to drive than I thought. Turns one and two are a lot like Texas because you barely lift off the throttle. Three and four are just a handful. If you don't get into the corner just right or get over the bump just right, you're going to struggle. I've thought of a thousand ways to do it wrong and only two ways to do it right.
"Even though Lowe's has a lot of the same characteristics as Texas, it drives completely different," continued Cook. "At Texas, you race right on the bottom because it's the fastest way around. At Lowe's, it seems like the groove moves around a little bit. Lowe's is a nice addition to our schedule. There will be a big draw for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event because the race will be held in conjunction with The Winston that weekend. It's going to be a great weekend of racing for the fans."
Cook and the No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel/Oil Mate Ford team will take the green flag in the Hardee's 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Friday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.
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