Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford ready to mix it up in Darlington. DARLINGTON, SC (March 7, 2003) - After a Top-10 finish in the season-opening event at Daytona, Terry Cook and the K-Automotive team will take their favorite No. 29 Power StrokeÂ®...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford ready to mix it up in Darlington.
DARLINGTON, SC (March 7, 2003) - After a Top-10 finish in the season-opening event at Daytona, Terry Cook and the K-Automotive team will take their favorite No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel truck - Lucky Dog - to Darlington Raceway in search of their first win of the year in the Craftsman 200 Friday, March 14.
"Darlington is one of my favorite tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit," said Cook, whose best finish at the famed Darlington track is a seventh-place effort in 2001. "They call Darlington the track 'Too Tough to Tame'. I am not saying that I've ever tamed the track or that anybody ever has for that matter. It's a driver's track. If you are too aggressive, you'll get into the wall. If you are not aggressive enough, you won't have fast lap times. You have to find a happy medium at Darlington Raceway because it's a very tricky track. The margin of error there is slim to none."
Last year, mechanical gremlins got the best of Cook's truck relegating him to a 29th-place finish. This year, Cook will be hoping to find the fastest way around the egg-shaped, 1.366-mile oval in an effort to score his sixth career NCTS victory.
"If we are going to put our Power Stroke Diesel Ford in Victory Lane at Darlington, we are going to have to be able to run both the bottom and top grooves at this racetrack," said Cook. "If you don't find a sweet spot through Turns 1 and 2, you're not going to get a good run off Turn 2 and that will affect your momentum going down the backstretch. In Turns 3 and 4, you are even closer to the wall than you are in Turns 1 and 2. At either end, one little slip and you are in the fence and your day is over."
Another part of the thrill ride that is racing at Darlington is qualifying. Cook, who timed in seventh at Darlington last year, knows the importance of posting a top lap in qualifying.
"In qualifying, when your tires are good, you can pretty much hold it wide open through Turns 1 and 2," said Cook. "You lift just a little bit through Turns 3 and 4. If you can do that, you'll have a good lap and be able to start near the front of the pack. Darlington is not the place where you want to start in the back because you can get crashed out of the race pretty easily back there."
Cook, who owns five career NCTS wins, 19 Top-5 and 51 Top-10 finishes in 141 starts, will take the green flag in the Craftsman 200 at Darlington Raceway Friday, March 14 at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.
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