Cook takes Daytona pole

Cook captures pole for Florida Dodge Dealers 250 in debut with ppc Racing; Toyota qualifies third in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 11, 2004) -- Terry Cook didn't take long to get his new team up to speed as he...

Cook captures pole for Florida Dodge Dealers 250 in debut with ppc Racing; Toyota qualifies third in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 11, 2004) -- Terry Cook didn't take long to get his new team up to speed as he put his No. 10 PowerStroke Diesel Ford on the pole for Friday night's Florida Dodge Dealers 250.

Cook, who moved to PPC racing in the off-season, turned a lap of 183.643 mph as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran continued his strong performances at Daytona International Speedway. Cook has finished no further than ninth in four starts at the "World Center of Racing."

"We had our back against the fence because we had no provisionals," said Cook. "We had no points and to come here and sit on the pole * this is big. This is Daytona."

Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Chase Montgomery qualified on the outside of the front row in his No. 8 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge. Montgomery also spoiled the debut of the Toyota Tundra into the Craftsman Truck Series, as he bumped defending series champion and third-place qualifier Travis Kvapil off the front row with a lap of 183.113 mph late in the qualifying session. Dennis Setzer qualified fourth in his No. 46 Chevy Silverado, while Matt Crafton rounded out the top five his is No. 6 Goodwrench Silverado.

Even though Montgomery is a rookie, he's no stranger to Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway as he won last year's Advance Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Daytona. He hopes his success at Daytona will pay off on Friday night.

"I'm going up against guys like Terry Cook, Steve Park, Travis (Kvapil) and Jack Sprague," said Montgomery. "A lot of former champions - a lot of guys that have experience at (Daytona) in the (NEXTEL) Cup Series and know a lot more about drafting than I do. Fortunately I've got a great coach in Bobby Hamilton whose won at Talladega. We've had success at superspeedways in the past so I'm looking forward to Friday night."

With the solid qualifying debut for new manufacturer Toyota, all four manufacturers landed spots among the top four qualifiers.

"I knew we would do well, but not this well," said an excited Travis Kvapil. "Toyota didn't have a lot of time to fine-tune the engine, but they should be very proud of the improvements they made from testing in January."

The Florida Dodge Dealers 250 will roll off at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night and will make history as the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race run under the lights at the World Center of Racing.

For ticket information, call 1-800-PITSHOP or log on to www.daytona500.com

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Steve Park , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook , Chase Montgomery , Matt Crafton , Travis Kvapil