Darlington: Terry Cook preview

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Scrambling For Top Darlington Finish DARLINGTON, SC (March 7, 2002) - After a seventh-place finish in the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway a year ago, Terry Cook and his No. 29...

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Scrambling For Top Darlington Finish

DARLINGTON, SC (March 7, 2002) - After a seventh-place finish in the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway a year ago, Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford are hoping to scramble their way to a win in the Craftsman Anniversary 200 at the historic, egg-shaped speedway Friday, March 15.

"We feel like we have a great shot at a top finish or a win at Darlington," said Cook. "Last year, we had a good finish and didn't put one scratch on the truck. I think that if you don't put the famous 'Darlington Stripe' on your truck, you're not trying very hard. This time, you can be sure I am going to be a more aggressive in the Power Stroke Diesel Ford."

A year ago, Cook avoided Darlington's wrath despite the fact it was the first time he'd ever laid eyes on the famed track known as "The Lady in Black."

"We had a Top-5 truck, but we brought home a Top-10 finish because we were too conservative," said Cook who started the event from the eighth spot. "I was too cautious last year. This year, I'll be searching for the fine line between being a conservative and an aggressive driver."

"We were completely green when we went there last year," said Cook's crew chief, Bob Keselowski. "I had only been there once as a mechanic and that was 30 years ago when my brother Ron ran a Grand National race (now Winston Cup) there. We never tested or raced a truck there, but we ended up having a decent run. I remember Terry saying we had a lot better truck - he just needed more time around this track. Given it was his first time at Darlington, he did pretty well. We left there with a good feeling."

One thing Cook learned last year was the benefit of running his own race and not worrying about what any of his competitors were doing.

"NASCAR drilled it into our heads that we needed to race the track and not worry about the other drivers," Cook stated. "They were right because Darlington is a track that can jump out and bite you. It is a very unique track and the key to getting around Darlington is getting the Power Stroke Diesel Ford turned in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. That gives you the correct line to accelerate off Turn 2 down the backstretch carrying a lot of momentum into Turn 3. Then you run it around the outside wall up off Turn 4 and back down to the start finish line. It's a very tricky track to driver and there is little or no margin for error."

Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Craftsman Anniversary 200 Friday, March 15 at Darlington (SC) Raceway. The event will be broadcast live on MRN Radio at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will be telecast on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN2 Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m.

-kar-

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