Cut Tire Relegates Cook, K-Automotive Ford to 11th-Place Finish FOUNTAIN, CO (May 20, 2001) - Terry Cook and the K-Automotive team overcame a flat tire on the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 truck to finish 11th in the Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes...
Cut Tire Relegates Cook, K-Automotive Ford to 11th-Place Finish
FOUNTAIN, CO (May 20, 2001) - Terry Cook and the K-Automotive team overcame a flat tire on the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 truck to finish 11th in the Jelly Belly 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"This finish is our first one outside of the Top-10 since I joined the K-Automotive Group at the end of last season at California," said Cook. "We had a good truck here at Pikes Peak. Actually, it was the same truck we ran at Martinsville, Gateway, and Darlington where it scored two third-place finishes and a seventh, respectively. We've been lucky so far this season, but our luck ran out here today."
Cook started third in the 34-truck field and immediately slid back in the field with handling problems. Still running just outside the Top-10, Cook saw his problems worsen just past the halfway mark of the 200-lap NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on the one-mile PPIR oval.
"The No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 was a struggle to handle today," said Cook. "We definitely had a Top-10 truck. When I took the green flag, I radioed Crew Chief Bob Keselowski because the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford was really loose. When I came in and pitted for the first time at Lap 69, the team was able to put in a spring rubber and do a track bar adjustment to tighten up the truck. Unfortunately, we cut the left rear tire down out under green flag around Lap-114. We had to pit immediately losing two laps."
Now 22nd in the running order, Cook saw his luck turn from bad to worse as the tire problems persisted.
"I noticed a vibration in the truck," Cook stated. "We came in and changed the tire. Then I had to come back in because we thought there might have been a loose lug nut."
Over the last 80 laps, Cook was one of the fastest trucks on the track passing trucks at will to just miss out of another Top-10 effort at the finish.
"Today, we started third on the second row and after all that happened to us we still finished 11th," said Cook. We overcame a lot of obstacles today and we were almost able to pull off another Top-10 finish."
Cook earned $10,475 for the effort and was able to hold on to third in the NCTS season championship standings, 149 behind division leader Scott Riggs.
Cook will next take on the MBNA E-Commerce 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway, Friday, June 1. The race will be broadcast live on MRN radio at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and will be broadcast by ESPN on a same day, tape delayed basis at 8 p.m. Eastern.