KANSAS CITY, KS (July 7, 2001) - A new carburetor rule proved to be a problem for Terry Cook in his initial run in the No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford this weekend at Kansas Speedway. A NASCAR-mandated switch from a 830 cfm carburetor...
KANSAS CITY, KS (July 7, 2001) - A new carburetor rule proved to be a problem for Terry Cook in his initial run in the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
A NASCAR-mandated switch from a 830 cfm carburetor to a 390 cfm unit had all the teams scrambling to find the right combination for the 167-lap test on the all new 1.5-mile Kansas track. Unfortunately for Cook, the combination didn't work as he had to go behind the wall for 16 laps during the early stages of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race.
"I thought we had a really good piece until it got to sputtering," said Cook, who came to pit road for repairs on Lap 44. "We had fuel pressure, so I switched the ignition box and it didn't fix the problem. I was out there playing with the throttle and I could tell that it was getting worse. That's when I knew it had to be the carburetor. We came into the pits to change it and, of course, that corrected the problem. After that, we got back out there and finished the race with a good truck. It was fortunate that we found the problem, but unfortunate for the Power Stroke® Diesel Racing team that we had it."
Cook's persistence resulted in a 20th-place finish, a far cry from what might have been considering his early charge to the front.
Cook started 15th, proudly displaying the red, black, gray and white colors of Power Stroke® Diesel Racing on board as a partner for the first time. By Lap 30, the Indianapolis, IN resident roared into the Top-10 and seemed to be headed to the front only to have the mechanical problem dash his hopes of victory.
"It's unfortunate for the Power Stroke® Diesel Racing team," said Cook. "We wanted to put the truck in Victory Lane for the Power Stroke® Diesel people as well as for Turbo by Garrett, the people who sponsored our in truck camera for the race. You always want to put your best foot forward for your sponsor, but you especially want to do that in the first race with them. We had an incredible weekend visiting with representatives from Power Stroke Diesel Racing, International and Ford Racing. I just wish that we could have topped it off with a win here today."
Cook eventually completed 150 of 167 laps earning $10,165 in the process. Despite the disappointing finish, Cook managed to stay seventh in the season championship chase, 221 points out of first place.
This week, Cook and his No 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday July 14. The 13th of 24 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events this season will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.