Cook seventh at Mesa Marin

BAKERSFIELD, CA (March 17, 2001) - Terry Cook scored his third straight Top-10 finish of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season crossing the stripe seventh in the OSH 250 at Mesa Marin Raceway. "This finish is the fourth Top-10...

BAKERSFIELD, CA (March 17, 2001) - Terry Cook scored his third straight Top-10 finish of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season crossing the stripe seventh in the OSH 250 at Mesa Marin Raceway.

"This finish is the fourth Top-10 finish with the K-Automotive Group since we teamed up in California at the end of last season," said Cook. "We got behind the eight ball in qualifying and we had to start in back of the pack. We just kept working at it all day. Every pit stop we did helped us pick up positions. It paid off because we are leaving Mesa Marin with another Top-10 finish and we are still Top-10 in points. If we keep racking up finishes like these we will be there at the end of the season contending for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Championship."

Wheeling the No. 29 K-Automotive Ford F-150 from the 21st starting position, Cook struggled battling a tight condition throughout the early portion of the race. Despite the handling problems, Cook slowly inched his way to the front finally breaking into the Top-10 on Lap 135 of the 250-lap test on the half-mile Mesa Marin oval.

"The No. K-Automotive Ford F-150 was tight in the center most of the race," said Cook. "We could not get the truck to roll through the center of the corner like we wanted. We were able to break into the Top-10 by staying out under a caution when most guys pitted. Being too tight kept us from going to the front of the pack, but the K-Automotive group's pit stops allowed us to pick up track positions each time."

Cook got his truck handling right just in time to wage a battle royale for a Top-10 spot over the final laps. Running ninth heading into the final lap, the Sylvania, OH driver was able to steer clear of some bumping and banging to pick up two spots and finish seventh at the checkered flag. His late-race charge provided the highest finish for any Ford driver in the 35-truck field.

"The alliance between myself, K-Automotive and Ford was a fresh start in the first race of the season at Daytona," stated Cook, who is now seventh in the NCTS season point standings. "To post three Top-10 finishes in as many races is a great accomplishment for a newly formed team. The fact that we have done it without a primary sponsor makes it even that much more impressive. This is the direction we need to have to reach our goals for championship contention in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. It's also what we have to keep on doing to secure a major sponsor who wants to take advantage of a winning marketing program with a top NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team."

The next NCTS event is the Advance Auto Parts 250 at Martinsville Speedway, Saturday, April 7. The race on the tight .526-mile Martinsville oval will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live by MRN Radio beginning at 1p.m. Eastern Time.

-TCR

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