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Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford post 10th-place finish at California. FONTANA, CA (November 2, 2002) - Terry Cook scored his 15th Top-10 finish of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a hard-fought 10th-place effort in the American...

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford post 10th-place finish at California.

FONTANA, CA (November 2, 2002) - Terry Cook scored his 15th Top-10 finish of the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a hard-fought 10th-place effort in the American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway Saturday.

"We never found the right chassis combination, but it's the first Top-10 we've had in a long time," said Cook, driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. "We were pretty much around 10th in our practice sessions and that's where we ended up. This finish today is something to build on and will give us momentum heading into the next race at Phoenix."

Cook started 13th and managed to stay near the front-runners despite a tight handling condition in the early stages of the race. His K-Automotive team's concern quickly turned to a windshield tear sheet that was stuck to the front grill of Cook's Power Stroke Diesel Ford. Luckily, the tear sheet blew off before the Indianapolis resident pitted under caution at Lap 20.

"We struggled from the time we rolled off the transporter looking for the right combination," said Cook. "We tried everything we could as we pitted to improve the handling of the Power Stroke Diesel Ford."

The adjustments worked to a degree as Cook moved into the Top-10 and stayed there through the next set of pit stops on Lap 64. Over the final 35 circuits, Cook battled a host of challengers fending off David Starr to earn the 48th Top-10 finish of his seven-year NCTS career. Cook earned $14,800 for the effort and is eighth in the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, 95 markers out of fifth with two events remaining.

"We're happy to walk away from here with a Top-10 finish," said Cook. "This run is something to carry us forward to Phoenix where our one-mile program produced wins at Milwaukee and New Hampshire earlier this season. We are taking Droopy Dog - one of our favorite trucks - that's won three of four races this season. We're thrilled to get back to that type of track."

The Chevrolet Silverado 150 at Phoenix International Raceway will take the green flag Friday, November 8 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The 21st race of the 2002 NCTS tour will be telecast live on espn2 and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Terry Cook