Cook, K-Automotive, Martinsville preview

Martinsville, VA (March 30, 2001) - After three-straight Top-10 finishes to open the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Terry Cook and his K-Automotive teammates are looking forward to another strong effort in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at...

Martinsville, VA (March 30, 2001) - After three-straight Top-10 finishes to open the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Terry Cook and his K-Automotive teammates are looking forward to another strong effort in the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, April 7. "I've had some success at Martinsville Speedway and it's a track the K-Automotive Group has run well there previously, said Cook. "We've had three-straight Top-10s this season and I believe we are ready for the next level. I'm looking forward to going to Martinsville with the K-Automotive group and if we can stay out of trouble, the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 could be a factor when the checkered flag drops." Last year, trouble found Cook on the tight .526-mile Martinsville Speedway oval when a late-race altercation foiled his chances of victory. "I was involved in a wreck in Turn 4 just past the 200-lap mark," Cook stated. "We were running sixth or seventh at the time after leading the race earlier that day. Suddenly, we were caught up in a wreck while passing a lapped truck that was out of brakes. It was still a good run because I gained a wealth of knowledge about Martinsville and I'm sure it will help us this time around." Cook will also have the knowledge of Bob, Kay and Ron Keselowski - the hands-on owners of the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford - at his disposal when he takes to the oldest speedway on the NASCAR schedule. "This K-Automotive bunch should have won at Martinsville once, maybe twice, but a flat tire here or a mechanical problem there killed their chances," said Cook. "They have a great set-up for this track and I'm looking forward to having a truck that's capable of winning the race." Cook will need every advantage he can get to conquer the Martinsville track, considered one of the toughest on the circuit on both drivers and equipment. "Martinsville is unique in itself because the turns are concrete and the straight-aways are asphalt", said Cook. "You are transitioning off of the asphalt onto the concrete. It is very rough and bumpy, so you really have to be careful getting off of the asphalt onto the concrete. You are doing straight line breaking so you don't upset the vehicle trying to turn it into the corner. If you don't hit it just right, you can wheel hop the truck and if that happens, you can quickly be in the middle of a big wreck. "You can accelerate Turns 2 and 4 right against the wall," Cook continued. "You tend to whipa little bit early to get your braking done, get in a straight line and get into the corner. The key at Martinsville is to get into the corner really easy, but get off real hard. The quicker you get back on the throttle, the quicker your lap times. You start overdriving Martinsville by driving into the corner harder. You end up burning the brakes and it will cause you to end up going slower. The key to Martinsville is to be aggressive, but not to aggressive where you overdrive the corners." Cook, who will make his 100th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Darlington next month, feels fortunate to also be a part of Ford Racing's 100th year motorsports anniversary. "We've had some great success with Ford Racing so far this season," said Cook, who has been the highest finishing Ford in two of the three NCTS events so far this season. "I never drove a Ford before this season and the Kesleowski's were always a Dodge team prior to this year. We've been fortunate to lead a couple of races and would like to continue to do whatever it takes as a team to be competing for the championship at the end. Another good run and maybe even a win at Martinsville will keep us on that path." The Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 7.

-K-Automotive-

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Series NASCAR Truck
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