Cook captures fourth at Daytona By Bill Frederickson DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2000) Terry Cook is a race fan, and he knows what race fans want to see. And he's pretty sure they got their money's worth in Friday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck...
Cook captures fourth at Daytona By Bill Frederickson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2000) Terry Cook is a race fan, and he knows what race fans want to see. And he's pretty sure they got their money's worth in Friday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season-opener -- the Daytona 250 at Daytona International Speedway. "We have not seen the Busch race and we have not seen the Winston Cup race," Cook said, "but I can tell you right now, the fans just saw the best race of Speedweeks."
And Cook got a pretty good view of the race himself, as he finished fourth in his No. 88 Transmission Technology Corp. Chevrolet. But as the laps winded down, and Cook was running second to eventual race winner Mike Wallace, he had higher hopes.
"I wanted to break it away into a draft and settle it between the two of us," Cook said.
Unfortunately for Cook, Dennis Setzer was running among the leaders and trying to race his way back onto the lead lap. Setzer's presence kept Cook from running to the lead.
"Every time he sliced and diced, he would slow us all down and help the other guys catch up to us," Cook said. " So, the bottom line is they kept running us down."
One reason Cook couldn't break away on his own was damage to his truck's nose caused by debris from a massive lap-57 accident that collected 11 trucks and sent two drivers and five spectators to the hospital.
"That really hurt us," Cook said. "Had that not happened I think we had a truck that could get by Mike and win the race.
"But we just didn't have enough to do it by ourselves."
But a fourth-place effort isn't shabby for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veteran. And Cook was proud of his circuit's first performance at the "World Center of Racing." Chalking the major accident up to impatience and inexperience, Cook said the race's final laps provided as much drama as any race fan could ask for.
"For us to come out of Turn 4 on that last lap going three-wide and two-deep -- that's a pretty huge deal," Cook said.