NAZARETH, PA -(August 25, 2001) - Terry Cook scored his third career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole position in qualifying for the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth Speedway today. "If all the tracks were odd shaped, I think we'd run...
NAZARETH, PA -(August 25, 2001) - Terry Cook scored his third career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole position in qualifying for the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth Speedway today.
"If all the tracks were odd shaped, I think we'd run first or second every week," said Cook, whose two previous NCTS poles came at Flemington, NJ and Louisville, KY, a pair of unique-shaped ovals. "We seem to run well at those kind of tracks. My Power Stroke Diesel Ford 150 was just awesome today. It's been great since we backed it off the trailer yesterday. I love Nazareth. It's a driver's track. It's a lot of fun if your truck is working well. This is just a neat track and to win a pole here is a huge boost to our program."
Cook pushed his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford to a lap of 27.789 seconds (129.548 miles per hour) on the multi-turn, one-mile Nazareth oval. The Indianapolis, IN resident had to wait to post the top effort, going out 36th in the 38-truck qualifying field.
"I don't think going last was that big of a deal," said Cook, whose previous best qualifying effort this season was a second at St. Louis. "The track conditions and weather seemed to be the same for everyone. The toughest thing was getting worn out psychologically knowing you have a shot at the pole and having to sit there and wait to make your run."
The long wait convinced Cook he would have to be on the gas throughout his qualifying run, especially after Greg Biffle and Jack Sprague posted sub-28 second qualifying efforts.
"You don't use a lot of brakes here," said Cook, currently seventh in the 2001 NCTS championship standings. "You are on and off the throttle a lot, just like at Flemington and Louisville. You have to hit your marks perfectly to get a good lap and it took a great lap to beat Greg and Jack. Fortunately, my Power Stroke Diesel Ford was up to the task."
The pole position was a first for Cook since joining the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford team for the final race of the 2000 NCTS season. The top qualifying effort also marked a first for Power Stroke Diesel, who entered the NCTS sponsorship ranks seven races ago at Kansas City.
"This is so incredible for our race team," Cook stated. "I knew coming to the K-Automotive team would provide a boost to my career. Since Power Stroke Diesel has come on board, we've finished in the Top-10 in every race except one. Now we've won a pole, the first for Ford this season. Things are really looking up. Now all we have to do is go out and win a race. We're really close."
The Chevy Silverado 200 will take the green flag at Nazareth Speedway Sunday, August 26, a 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast by MRN radio.