ST. LOUIS, IL (May 6, 2001) - Terry Cook and the K-Automotive Ford rolled to a second-straight Top-5 finish coming home third in the Ram Tough 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway Sunday. Cook overcame...
ST. LOUIS, IL (May 6, 2001) - Terry Cook and the K-Automotive Ford rolled to a second-straight Top-5 finish coming home third in the Ram Tough 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Gateway International Raceway Sunday. Cook overcame running out of fuel on the 121st circuit of the 160-lap event on the Gateway oval and battled his way back to finish behind eventual winner Ted Musgrave and Scott Riggs. The strong performance comes on the heels of another third-place effort in Cook's last event at Martinsville (VA) Speedway April 7.
"The K-Automotive Ford F-150 was awesome tonight," said Cook. "I think we had a great truck and we probably could have run second, but unfortunately we ran out of fuel and it put us a lap down. We didn't calculate on fuel mileage and on that long green run we ran out coming out of Turn 2. The motor turned off coming down into the pits and we had a hard time getting it started back up once we got to our pit. The slight miscue hurt us a little bit, but we were able to come back because we had a good truck"
Cook was in the battle for the win all day long after posting the second-fastest qualifying run with a 129.833 mile-per-hour lap on the 1.25-mile Gateway oval. While the Sylvania, OH driver never officially led the 160-lap event, Cook was in the mix with leaders Musgrave, Riggs and Jack Sprague throughout the race. The Ford F-150 driver, searching for his first win since taking the top spot at Flemington, NJ in 1998, then saw his chances for victory go out the window when he ran out of fuel with just under 40 laps remaining.
"This is the first time I've ever been disappointed, starting on the outside pole," said Cook. "We ran a 34.66-second lap and the pole speed was a 34.62. We just missed it. We were bad fast since we rolled off the trailer. We didn't change a spring or sway bar all weekend, we only made a few minor adjustments It was disappointing to not win when we had such a great truck, but we're showing the kind of consistency that's going to get this K-Automotive team a win real soon."
Cook, again the highest finishing Ford in the race, used the top effort to move into third place in the season points championship chase. Cook is 86 markers out of first behind Riggs.
"Being there for the final lap is key to being a contender for the championship," said Cook. "It keeps getting better all the time and I feel like we have crawled, we've walked, and now we are ready run. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be with the K-Automotive Team. It keeps getting better all the time. I am looking forward to qualifying my 100th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Darlington next week with the K-Automotive Team and Ford Racing."
The Darlington 200 at Darlington (SC) Raceway will be telecast live Saturday, May 12 on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time