Daytona Terry Cook Post Race Story

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (Feb. 18, 2000) -- Heading into the Daytona 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, few veteran race watchers were picking Terry Cook to win or place well in the inaugural series event on the famed Daytona International ...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (Feb. 18, 2000) -- Heading into the Daytona 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, few veteran race watchers were picking Terry Cook to win or place well in the inaugural series event on the famed Daytona International Speedway oval. Cook, who had taken a provisional to start the race, surprised everyone by powering his #88 Transmission Technologies Corporation Chevrolet to the front of the pack eventually finishing fourth before a crowd estimated at more than 100,000. "To come from 32nd starting position and lead the race on two difference occasions was really special," said Cook. "We did that by ourselves, that wasn't because we worked the cautions or anything. That was shear, raw horsepower and a good truck." Cook wasted little time getting to the front rolling into the Top 20 by Lap 15. By the 30th circuit, the Sandusky, OH native had pierced the Top 5 eventually taking over the lead on Lap 36. Cook then stayed with the leaders only to see his good run get sidetracked when he narrowly missed a grinding 10-truck wreck on Lap 56. Now showing some front end body damage, Cook's SealMaster Racing crew made quick repairs to allow the 31-year-old driver to keep the leaders in sight. "I ran over some debris and knocked the front valance off," said Cook of the near miss. "The truck just didn't handle right after that even though the guys did a great job putting a patch on the front. We eventually lost the draft and I was going to be happy to settle for sixth or seventh place." The racing fates had other plans for Cook, however, as a late caution flag bunched the pack for one last run for the checkered flag. "That last caution came out and I was able to get back with the lead pack," Cook stated." Mike Wallace and I were able to drive away and only some last lap shuffling cost us second place. Am I happy? You bet! The #88 Transmission Technologies Chevy had a great day today." Cook earned $27,062 for the effort. More importantly, the respect he and the Transmission Technologies Corporation Chevy earned will go a long way in keeping the team in the thick of the 2000 NCTS championship chase. "We came to Daytona twice to test and left each time thinking we had a pretty good piece," said Cook. "We thought we'd be able to show that in qualifying, but unfortunately we lost a rear end gear and had to take a provisional. I think we showed everyone today just how good of a truck we had and just how good of a team we have recovering from a bad break in qualifying and overcoming some damage from that wreck. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the season."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Terry Cook