Cook Brothers Point Toward Kentucky Debut

SPARTA, KY (June 13, 2000) - Terry and Jerry Cook grew up in Ohio dreaming of making it to the big leagues of NASCAR. The brother combination has done just that as the driver and crew chief of the ...

SPARTA, KY (June 13, 2000) - Terry and Jerry Cook grew up in Ohio dreaming of making it to the big leagues of NASCAR. The brother combination has done just that as the driver and crew chief of the #88 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry. What the brothers didn't anticipate was racing at a facility as nice as the new Kentucky Motor Speedway. "Fans here are going to get spoiled in a hurry because we haven't had anything like Kentucky Speedway in this area before now," said Terry Cook. "It's going to be such a draw for fans from my home state of Ohio as well as for everyone from Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. A lot of fans from those areas have never seen a track of this size, style and magnitude. It's very impressive." "I'd always hoped we'd get a speedway here," added Jerry Cook. "You see new speedways getting built all the time and wonder if we could get one in this area because racing is so popular here. From what I'm hearing, Kentucky Speedway is going to be one of the most high-tech speedways around. It's got so many great things for the fans, it's very user friendly. Heck, it even has an Outback Steakhouse in the infield." Early in their careers, both Cook brothers established themselves at top drivers racing at speedways throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Terry has stayed in the seat forging a career in the Craftsman Truck Series while Jerry is still a part-time racers when not guiding the fortunes of the Chevy. Together, the brothers have made plenty of friends and fans along the way, an even better reason to do well in the inaugural Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway this weekend. "This would be a great weekend for us to shine," said Jerry Cook. "Some home cooking might be just the thing to turn around the bad luck we've been having lately. I think we have the truck to run well at Kentucky and I know Terry is excited to race there." For his part, driver Terry Cook sees some similarities between the new Kentucky 1.5-mile oval and another NCTS track he's competed on. "The Kentucky track reminds me a lot of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway," Terry Cook stated. "In fact, the person who designed Kentucky Speedway also designed Las Vegas, so it's easy to see the similarities. We always put on a great show when we were at Vegas and like that track, we'll be racing at Kentucky at night. Night racing is always makes it special for the drivers and I think the fans really like it too. It should be an incredible evening for everyone." Growing up less than four hours away in Sylvania, OH means the Cook brothers will have their own cheering section when the Kroger 225 takes the green flag on Saturday at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time. "The guest list is filling up pretty quick - I'm sure we're not going to have room for everyone," said Terry Cook. "Jerry and I have a lot of friends and family who have supported our careers over the years cheering us on from the time we started racing. The last couple of years, they've been able to follow us on television. Now that we have a track in our backyard, they can come and see us race in person. I want to do well at every race, but it would be incredibly special to do well in the inaugural race at Kentucky in front of everyone who has supported us all these years." The June 17 Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway is the 12th race of the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 24-event schedule. The race will be televised live on ESPN and will also be broadcast worldwide on MRN radio.

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