LOUDON, NH (July 21, 2001) - Hard work paid off for the No. 29 Power Stroke(r) Diesel Ford as Terry Cook rolled to a sixth-place finish in the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The finish was the ninth Top-10 effort...
LOUDON, NH (July 21, 2001) - Hard work paid off for the No. 29 Power Stroke(r) Diesel Ford as Terry Cook rolled to a sixth-place finish in the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The finish was the ninth Top-10 effort in 14 NASCAR Craftsman Truck series events this season, two more than he had in all of the 2000 NCTS season.
"We got back on track with a solid finish," said Cook. "We had a Top-5 at Kentucky only to have an engine problem in the last 10 laps. This K-Automotive team was throwing everything at the No. 29 Power Stroke(r) Diesel Ford all day until we had a great truck at the end of the race. I wish we could have had a longer run after that last caution. I believe we would have gained more positions if we had a few more laps."
Cook started the 14th race of the 2001 NCTS season from the 10th position and quickly moved up three positions in as many laps. Then the handling on his red, black and silver Power Stroke Diesel racer began to go away forcing Cook back in the field.
"The truck wasn't handling like I wanted it to the first go around," said Cook. "It was so tight thru the center. Bob (crew chief Bob Keselowski) decided to take on left-side tires on our second stop, but he took a different approach by putting on a left rear scuff hoping to free up the truck. We had an even more interesting third stop when we elected to take fuel only while the leaders were taking tires."
The strategy boosted Cook into the Top-5 by Lap 150 and stayed with the leaders pitting for right-side tires when the race went yellow for the final time on Lap 188. Now back in eighth, Cook rallied to sixth over the final eight laps. Cook earned $13,125 in prize money and moved closer to the front in the season championship chase. Still seventh in the standings, Cook is now just 204 points out of the top spot with 10 races remaining.
Cook will now take a weekend off before tackling a hefty schedule of appearances prior to the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The Indianapolis resident will tour the Louisville (KY) Ford Truck Plant and the Power Stroke Diesel assembly plant in Indianapolis as well as serve as the Grand Marshall the NAMARS race at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Cook will also throw out the first pitch for the Indianapolis Indians Triple-A professional baseball team at Victory Field and will waive the green flag for the USAC Midgets race at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Finally, Cook will participate in Nora June Children's "MEGA SIZED" summer reading program at Eagle Library in Indianapolis.
"I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks," said Cook. "I'm really looking forward to visiting the Ford Truck and Power Stroke Diesel plants. It is exciting to have the opportunity to bring the Power Stroke(r) program to the people who assemble the product. I have a diesel mechanics background and if I wasn't racing, I would probably be working at the plant with them."
Cook and his No 29 Power Stroke(r) Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Power Stroke 200 at IRP Friday, August 3. The 15th of 24 events this season will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.