Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford Looking To Make Dreams Come True At Lvms LAS VEGAS, NV (October 8, 2001) - Since 1905, Las Vegas has been known far and wide as the "City of Dreams." When the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series hits the famous Las...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Looking To Make Dreams Come True At Lvms
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 8, 2001) - Since 1905, Las Vegas has been known far and wide as the "City of Dreams." When the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series hits the famous Las Vegas strip, Terry Cook, driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel® Ford, will be looking to realize his dreams by winning the Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"Las Vegas is a smooth, high-speed track," said Cook. "It lulls you into going a little bit faster than you probably should be at times because there's not a lot of banking in the corners. Essentially, this track has a combination of three challenges - aerodynamics, horsepower and handling. Of those three, handling tends to be the biggest factor because you spend so much time in the corners. The guy that handles the best and can run the bottom through both corners is going to win the race."
Although the Sylvania, OH native has yet to win on the Las Vegas track, Cook is very familiar with the 1.5-mile, 12 degree banked oval. In 1999, Cook rallied to finish 10th after starting deep in the 36-truck field. That same year, the K-Automotive No. 1 Mopar Dodge finished fourth in the 250-mile event. To notch a good finish this time around, Cook and the K-Automotive team have to hit the perfect setup for a track they haven't competed on in two years.
"We didn't qualify well in 1999" said Cook of his 33rd starting position in the Orleans 250 that year. "In happy hour we wrecked our primary truck. We didn't want to roll out the back-up truck, but ended up having motor trouble on raceday and our spare motor was in the backup. We ended up going to our secondary truck and that proved to be the right decision. Considering everything that happened to us, finishing 10th was almost as good as winning. I know K-Automotive finished fourth at Vegas in 1999, so they know what it takes to go fast. I'm excited. "
So far this season, Cook and his veteran K-Automotive team have posted a host of Top-10 finishes including a runner-up efforts at Indianapolis Raceway Park and at Nazareth (PA) Speedway. With the 24-race NCTS schedule winding down to just three races remaining, Cook is eighth in the standings, 175 out of the Top-5 in the chase for the 2001 NCTS crown.
Before the 2001 NCTS season got underway, Cook saw another dream come true when he wed ESPN NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pit road commentator Amy East-Cook in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel, Wednesday, December 6, 2000.
"We plan to revisit the place Amy and I were married last year," said Cook. "It is really special to us to have the opportunity to revisit the place we were joined as husband and wife. My life has never been better. Amy has been totally supportive of my career and is a great sounding board for the different opportunities I've had to consider. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the place we were joined less than two months before our one year wedding anniversary."
Last week at Texas Motor Speedway, Cook qualified 16th, led five laps and finished 22nd after an engine failure ended the solid effort on Lap 99.
"We easily had a Top-10 truck, but the motor blew up and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford took a hard hit to the wall," said Cook. "It was a strange night because we had problems early on and had to pit several times shuffling us to the back of the field. Then we found ourselves leading the race before our luck ran out. Hopefully, we'll have better luck at Las Vegas because the team and I have both finished in the Top-10 there in the past."
Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel team will take the green flag in The Orleans 350, October 14, at 6 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.