Terry Cook Earns Another Top-Five Finish with Power Stroke Diesel and ppc Racing at Daytona (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) - Terry Cook survived another wide finish at Daytona International Speedway, finishing fifth in the ppc Racing No. 10 Power Stroke...
Terry Cook Earns Another Top-Five Finish with Power Stroke Diesel and ppc Racing at Daytona
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) - Terry Cook survived another wide finish at Daytona International Speedway, finishing fifth in the ppc Racing No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150. Cook, who has finished every NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Daytona in the top 10, battled from the back of the pack on a lap-80 restart. The Sylvania, Ohio native restarted 15th and was as high as fourth with five to go as more than 15 trucks battled for the victory.
"The entire Power Stroke Diesel team did well tonight," said Cook, driver of the No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150. "We didn't have a good handling truck early on in the race. The guys just kept tuning on it and tuning on it. Finally with 30 laps to go, Fred Wanke (crew chief) and the entire Power Stroke Diesel crew had the truck handling really, really well. Unfortunately we lost a little track position there and never really able to overcome it but we had a solid truck all night. I cannot complain with a solid top-five finish, a pole and some laps lead in our very first race."
Cook started on the pole and led a handful of laps early on in the event. He maintained a top-10 position with the draft playing a major role. The No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 regained the lead on lap 16 and led the next five circuits before the third caution flag flew on lap 26. Cook headed down pit road on lap 28 for four tires and fuel as the Power Stroke Diesel crew performed a flawless pit stop of the season under 16 seconds. The stop on pit road was the crew's first pit stop under race condition.
"This is a great way to start off the season with a new team," said Fred Wanke, crew chief of the No. 10 ppc Racing Power Stroke Diesel Ford. "There are a lot of guys that are involved with making this program work and the results show. ppc Racing, Terry Cook, the pit crew, Robert Yates Engines, Body Dynamics, who hang the bodies on these trucks, all helped us get this top five. We're fortunate to have a great race car driver, Terry Cook, the sponsor, Power Stroke Diesel and all the guys who work at ppc Racing. This is a great top-five finish."
General Manager and Co-Owner Keith Barnwell had a birds-eye view of the event as the spotter for Cook. Barnwell guided Cook through the draft and helped Cook avoid the accidents that occurred during the event.
"The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is new to us," said Keith Barnwell. "The quick closing factor these trucks get in the draft is different from the cars. To sit on the pole, run well and finish in the top-five is a credit to ppc Racing, Terry Cook, sponsor Power Stroke Diesel and all our sponsors. This is great. We went for the win but to come out of here with a top five is incredible."
Cook's fifth-place finish is his fifth top-10 finish in five events at Daytona International Speedway as the ppc Racing team heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second event of the season.