DOVER, DE (June 2, 2001) - Terry Cook and his No. 29 K-Automotive Ford overcame a pit road mishap to score an 11th-place finish in the MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Cook had problems early in the 200-lap...
DOVER, DE (June 2, 2001) - Terry Cook and his No. 29 K-Automotive Ford overcame a pit road mishap to score an 11th-place finish in the MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway.
Cook had problems early in the 200-lap event on the one-mile at the Dover oval colliding with Dennis Setzer on Lap-45. Setzer wrecked on the backstretch collecting Cook as he checked up to miss the melee. While there was hardly any damage to the front of Cook's No. 29 truck, it was the beginning of several mishaps that bit Cook throughout the event.
Initially, it appeared Cook would be in for another Top-10 finish as he charged through the field from the 25th starting position in the early going. After surviving the tangle with Setzer, Cook pushed his way into the Top-10 on Lap 79 of the 200-lap battle.
The solid run then went from sweet to sour when Cook pitted under caution on Lap-111 to have the K-Automotive team put on right-side tires. The routine pit stop took a sudden turn when a NASCAR official judged Cook to be slightly out of his assigned pit box. Cook was summoned back to pit road a second time losing a lap to the leaders in the process.
"The K-Automotive pit crew already had the tires off by the time the NASCAR official said that we had to push the truck back," Cook stated. "The guys got the truck back in the box and then NASCAR held us. We radioed back in on the next lap because they said we had to be a lap down for the mishap."
Back under green, Cook employed some race strategy staying out while the leaders pitted under caution on Lap-148. Now at the front of the pack on the tail end of the lead lap, Cook ran neck and neck with leader Jack Sprague for two laps before another yellow waved. That put Cook back on the lead lap in the 15th position. Over the final 50 circuits, Cook was able to rally back to the 11th spot salvaging a solid finish on a less than perfect day.
"We were fortunate to get our lap back on the restart after a quickie yellow," said Cook, who earned $12,525 for the effort. "We ended up going back a lap down at the end of the race when race leader, Scott Riggs passed us with a couple of laps to go. We didn't have the truck at the end of the race that we had hoped to have, but we still managed a good finish.
"We've got to keep collecting points because we are working towards the ultimate goal of winning the championship. After all the ups and downs we had to go through today, we'll take the 11th-place finish. We'll go to Texas next week hoping to be better."
Next week Cook and the K-Automotive team will head to Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 400, Friday, June 8, at 8 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The event will be broadcast live on MRN radio and telecast by ESPN2 on a tape-delayed basis at 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Saturday, June 9.