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RICHMOND, VA (September 5, 2000) - While every race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour is crucial to Terry Cook and his ...

RICHMOND, VA (September 5, 2000) - While every race on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series tour is crucial to Terry Cook and his #88 Chevrolet, this Thursday's Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway has taken on some added significance. "There are four races to go this season beginning with this week's race at Richmond," said Cook. "That's just four races to leave a good impression of the season. You have the whole winter to look back at the season and really, your greatest concern is how well you ran those final races. Do well, and you can carry that momentum throughout the winter and into the start of next season. Do poorly, and you go to bed every night all winter wondering what you have to do to turn it around for next year." To date, Cook has had an up and down season posting a trio of Top-10 finishes in the first four races of the season before mechanical gremlins and crashes plagued the Sylvania, OH driver through the middle stages of the campaign. Recently, Cook's mount has been back in the Top-10, something he'd like to continue at Richmond Thursday. "Richmond is a neat track," said Cook of the sparkling .750-mile oval. "We have always qualified well there and we had a Top-10 finish there in 1998. I'd like to think we can improve upon that this time around." Last year, Cook appeared to be a prime contender for a win in the Virginia is for Lovers 200 clash at Richmond qualifying third for the event. Dreams of victory were quickly dashed, however, as a mechanical problem slowed the 32-year-old driver in the early going. "We had a great qualifying run last year," said Cook. "Unfortunately, we had a daytime setup in the truck for a nighttime race. We weren't handling that well early in the race and at the 40-lap mark, we lost brakes in the truck. After that, we were just riding it out, trying to stay out of trouble and collect as many points as we could." Cook would like nothing better than to run up front this time around. "I really do love racing at Richmond," he stated. "It's a fun track to drive and the night race is special for the fans. There's nothing better than a good short-track race and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series always seems to deliver that at Richmond. With any luck, we'll have the Chevy in the thick of the battle all night long." Cook and the rest of 34-truck starting field will spring into action at Richmond with a two-hour practice from 12-noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. Each team entered will get a two-lap qualifying run beginning at 3 p.m. The Kroger 200 will take the green flag at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and will be telecast live on ESPN. MRN radio will also broadcast the event as it happens.

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