Cook and Power Stroke New Hampshire preview

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150 Looking To Bring Momentum Back At Loudon LOUDON, NH (July 14, 2001) - When NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook scored his first career win at Flemington, NJ in 1998, he was quick to credit New...

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150 Looking To Bring Momentum Back At Loudon

LOUDON, NH (July 14, 2001) - When NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook scored his first career win at Flemington, NJ in 1998, he was quick to credit New Hampshire International Speedway as the track that gave him the momentum to get to Victory Lane. Cook hopes the one-mile Loudon oval will provide another trip to the Winner's Circle this week in the New England 200.

"In 1998, we didn't qualify well, but we had an awesome truck there," said Cook driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150. "We were able to come through the pack to race with the leaders. Unfortunately, we had to pit for fuel and take on tires late in the race and it ended up being a bad stop for us. We ended up taking a 12th-place finish, but it was one of the best races we had up to that point early in my career. It gave us the confidence we needed to win our first race that came at Flemington a couple of weeks later."

Last year, Cook appeared to be in line for a Top-10 finish at NHIS only to have Lady Luck spoil his effort on the final lap.

"Joe Ruttman blew a motor going into Turn 1 and my spotter didn't tell me that there might be oil on the track," said Cook. " I ended up spinning in the oil and hitting the fence really hard. It was disappointing for us to walk away with a 17th-place finish after we had run in the Top-10 all day long."

This year, Cook has had much better luck scoring eight Top-10 finishes. One of those came at The Milwaukee (WI) Mile where Cook notched a fourth-place effort.

"New Hampshire is a track very similar to Milwaukee," said Cook. "I don't think you can take your Milwaukee set-up straight to New Hampshire, but the tracks are very similar. They are both one-mile ovals with little banking. There's just enough banking to roll off the corners at New Hampshire, but it's fairly flat. It requires a lot of braking getting into the corners. You have to be patient and let the track come to you."

The New Hampshire race will mark the halfway point of a six-race association between Power Stroke® Diesel and Cook's K-Automotive team this season. To date, Cook has posted a 20th-place effort at Kansas Speedway and a ninth-place run in the most recent event on the NCTS tour, the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway. At New Hampshire, Cook and his K-Automotive teammates will be looking to improve on those efforts.

"We had a really fast truck at Kansas and it was unfortunate for us to have a carburetor problem early in the race," said Cook. "We started 15th and quickly moved into the Top-10 before we had to pit for repairs. I was excited for Power Stroke® people because this was their first race with us and we really wanted to reward them for their confidence in us. I was confident we were going to get a Top-5 finish and I was hoping for a win for those guys.

"At Kentucky, we qualified 12th and ended up with a ninth-place finish after we had an engine problem," said Cook. "We dropped a valve knocking a whole in the piston. Anytime you can have problems like that and still come out with a Top-10, it's not a bad night. We have a great team and I know we can get the job done at New Hampshire.

Cook and his No 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway Saturday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio.

-TCR-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Joe Ruttman