Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford F-150 Team Up For Hometown Challenge CLERMONT, IN (August 2, 2001) - At the start of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Indianapolis resident Terry Cook circled the August 3 Power Stroke 200 at ...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150 Team Up For Hometown Challenge
CLERMONT, IN (August 2, 2001) - At the start of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Indianapolis resident Terry Cook circled the August 3 Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park as a special event. Little did Cook know just how important that race would be.
"The IRP race has turned out to be the most important race of the season for us," said Cook, whose No. 29 K-Automotive Ford picked up primary sponsorship from Power Stroke Diesel midway through the season. "Calling Indianapolis Raceway Park my home track and having my sponsor Power Stroke® Diesel as the title sponsor of the race is really big. If I was ever going to score my second Truck Series career win, the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at IRP would be the place to do it."
Cook, fresh off a strong sixth-place finish in the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, has to be considered one of the favorites in the NCTS clash at IRP. Currently seventh in the season championship standings, Cook has had a breakout year scoring a trio of Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes in 14 events. The .686-mile IRP oval is one where Cook might have a distinct advantage over the competition.
"My wife Amy (Amy East) and I live literally five minutes from IRP," Cook stated. "I run at least four to six races there a year with the USAC, Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown races with the Amy's father, Bob East. It's the best track the East's race at because they have the ability to test at it more. I am involved with a lot more than the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at IRP and, hopefully, that will give us an advantage."
Cook's best NCTS finish at IRP came in 1999 when he rolled home 12th. In last year's Power Stroke 200, Cook's run was abruptly halted on Lap 149 when his truck was involved in an accident.
"We worked our way up to the front of the pack after a pit stop to lead a lap last season," said Cook. "I've learned from my past visits that IRP is a tricky track. When you pass their you have to get into the corners riding real low. Then you drive the truck right up against the wall, but maybe only two or three feet off the wall. It's appears to be a cushion up there like you would have at a dirt track. You don't want to jump the cushion because that's where all of the rubber is built up and you don't want to hit the wall. But, you have to ride up near there to keep up your momentum because IRP is what we call a momentum track. I've always run decent there but I've never had the finishing results. This time around with Power Stroke® Diesel being the title sponsorship and being on board the No. 29 Ford F-150 it's time to put our best foot forward."
Cook will have a full plate this week leading up to the Power Stroke® Diesel 200. He will be participating in numerous media day advances for the event.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to tour the Power Stroke® Diesel plant in Indianapolis," said Cook. "I'm also going to tour the Ford Truck Plant in Louisville, KY and wave the green flag for the USAC Regional Midget Series feature event at Lincoln Park Speedway. Two other things I'm really looking forward to is participating in are a children's reading program at the Indianapolis Public Library and throwing out the first pitch at an Indianapolis Indians game. Finally, we've got a Power Stroke Owners Club dinner, which will be really great, because we'll get to meet the folks that buy our product. It's definitely going to be a full week leading up to the Power Stroke 200 at IRP."
The Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take the green flag Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m. Eastern Daytlight Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and will be broadcast on MRN Radio.