Cook, Power StrokeÃ‚Â® Diesel Ford geared for prime performance at PPIR. FOUNTAIN, CO (May 9, 2002) - After capturing his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in the most recent tour event at Gateway International Raceway, Terry Cook...
Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford geared for prime performance at PPIR.
FOUNTAIN, CO (May 9, 2002) - After capturing his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in the most recent tour event at Gateway International Raceway, Terry Cook is primed to steer his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford to another victory in the Rocky Mountain 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"Any time you get a shot in the arm like a victory or a good run, it builds momentum for a race team," said Cook. "It gives the driver and crew chief more confidence to make the right decisions. It also reinforces to the driver that he has the equipment to win races. It's a big energy builder for the team to know that we can go to the next race with the confidence to win again."
That's especially true at PPIR where Cook will have a familiar mount under him.
"We are taking the same Power Stroke Diesel Ford truck - Lucky Dog - that I won with at Gateway to Pikes Peak," said Cook. "It is my favorite truck in the K-Automotive stable and it's the same one we ran more than a dozen times last year. I don't know what it is about that truck, whether it's the body package or the chassis suspension package. All I know is that it gave us a bunch of great finishes last year and a win this year. It's a flat track truck with a great downforce package, so I think it will fit perfectly at Pikes Peak."
A seven-year veteran of the Truck Series, Cook has previously experienced both hot and cold on-track fortunes at PPIR. Last year, the Sylvania, OH native was 11th under the checkered flag in the Jelly Belly 200 NCTS classic at Pikes Peak.
"We ended up cutting a tire which ultimately defeated a sure Top-10 effort," said Cook. "We were having a good race despite the fact we went with the wrong shock package. The spring and shock package are married to each other and we didn't have a good combination. Throw in the flat tire and I guess you could say it just wasn't our day."
Cook, one of the division's most experienced drivers with 122 career starts heading into this year's PPIR Truck Series clash, is anticipating better results at the one-mile oval this time around. As opposed to a year ago, Cook and the team now have full backing from Power Stroke Diesel this season.
"Our team was unsponsored and we were only in our seventh race together last year at Pikes Peak," said Cook, who joined the K-Automotive team just prior to the close of the 2000 NCTS season. "There was still a lot of uncertainty with our team this time last year. Things really turned around for us later in the season when Power Stroke Diesel came on board to support our efforts. Their support, along with our team growing together as the season went on, allowed us to finish seventh in the championship standings. Now, we already have a win together this season and you can be sure we're looking for more."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Rocky Mountain 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN. MRN Radio will also carry the event on more than 350 stations nationwide including the American Armed Forces Network.
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