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CHICAGO, IL (August 21, 2000) - Even though the Sears Craftsman 175 will be the first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Chicago Motor Speedway, Terry Cook feels like he might have a little advantage going into the inaugural event. ...

CHICAGO, IL (August 21, 2000) - Even though the Sears Craftsman 175 will be the first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Chicago Motor Speedway, Terry Cook feels like he might have a little advantage going into the inaugural event. "I might have an advantage though because the racing family that I belong to - the East family - has already raced there winning USAC midget race with Kasey Kane taking the Steve Lewis prepared #91 car to Victory Lane," said Cook, driver of the #88 Pickuptruck.Com Chevrolet in NCTS competition this season. "I got a little bit of feedback from Bob East as to what it takes to get around the Chicago track and he said you need a lot of brakes and a lot of motor." Cook would be the first one to admit that there's a world of difference between a getting a small USAC midget and a 3400-pound NASCAR Truck Series mount to handle around a race track. That's especially true of the new Chicago track that features long, 1,600-foot straight-aways and tight, flat, six-degree banked corners. Still, Cook thinks he has a handle on with it will take to get around the CMS layout in a hurry. "Because the track is like a big paper clip, you need a lot of brakes to get you into the corners and a lot of engine to pull you back off the corners," said Cook. "The straight-aways aren't quite as long as those we have at Gateway International Speedway (Madison, IL), but they are definitely long enough where you are going to have to have plenty of horsepower under the hood. Because the turns are so flat, you are also going to have to really handle good to get a good lap around that place." While going fast will be the number-one priority for Cook and his PickupTruck.com mount, the significance of the Truck Series competing in the massive Chicago market hasn't been lost on the Sylvania, OH driver. "I think it's very important for the NASCAR and the Craftsman Truck Series to be in the Chicago market," said Cook. "Going into new markets, especially one like Chicago, is important for all of NASCAR racing. I'm sure we will put on a good show and I think there will be a good crowd on hand to watch. I think all the Chicago race fans have to do is come and watch us once and they'll be hooked." Cook also hopes to be hooked up when the Sears Craftsman 175 takes the green flag Sunday, August 27 at 12:30 P.M. Eastern Time. The inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, the first NASCAR major touring series event in the Chicago area in more than 40 years, will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast by MRN radio.

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