Cook, K-Automotive Ford notch another top-10 at Martinsville

Martinsville, VA (April 7, 2001) - Terry Cook and his K-Automotive Ford showed their true colors with a third-place finish in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The effort marked the fourth consecutive Top-10 finish in as...

Martinsville, VA (April 7, 2001) - Terry Cook and his K-Automotive Ford showed their true colors with a third-place finish in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The effort marked the fourth consecutive Top-10 finish in as many NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season and five in a row dating back to the 2000 NCTS season finale at California. "I am real proud of the K-Automotive Ford team," said Cook. "We qualified sixth and finished third, there's not much more you can ask for here today. We are always looking for a positive and this solidifies our Top-10 streak. The team is higher in the points than they were this time last season. Not only are we fourth in the points, but we're not far behind the leader." Pit strategy by Crew Chief Bob Keselowski allowed the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 to gain positions while keeping Cook out of trouble on the tight .526-mile historic Martinsville oval. "We were racing at the front of the pack the whole race," said Cook, who was the highest finishing Ford for the third time this season. "Our competitors only had two pit stops. We were originally going to do three pit stops today, but we elected to do two to maintain or gain track position. We took left side tires on our first stop and right side tires on our second. Our strategy kept us up front and helped us avoid wrecks. The track position played out and we were able to be up there battling for the win at the end of the race. I have to give credit to the team. It's really tough to pass at Martinsville and they made sure I didn't have to do much of that today." The strong run marked Cook's top finish of the season and the best since notching a fourth-place effort in the 2000 Daytona 250. Cook's finishing average this season is 6.75 and he is currently fourth in the season standings, just 75 markers out of the lead. "This is one of the better finishes I have had with the exception of the win at Flemington," said Cook, who scored his only NCTS career victory at the square-shaped Flemington (NJ) track in 1998. "Today feels like a win because this K-Automotive team has accomplished so much in so short of time. This gives us more momentum to compete for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship. We are in it for the long haul and we want to be there at the end." The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has the next three weekends to prepare for the fifth race of the 2001 season. The Ram Tough 200 by Pepsi at Gateway International Raceway will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 6.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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