Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford target Texas for victory. FORT WORTH, TX (May 31, 2002) - Since 1997, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway has been a hit or miss affair for Terry Cook. Last time out at the lightening...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford target Texas for victory.
FORT WORTH, TX (May 31, 2002) - Since 1997, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway has been a hit or miss affair for Terry Cook. Last time out at the lightening fast 1.5-mile paved oval, a mechanical failure provided a hit of the wrong kind as the breakdown sent Cook's No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford sailing into the retaining wall and home with a 22nd-place finish.
"We had unfortunate luck last fall at Texas," said Cook, whose best career finish at TMS is sixth in the 1999 O'Reilly 300. "Even though we've had some bad luck in the past, Texas is a track I really enjoy racing at. We just tested a truck in a two-day Ford test at Michigan and we learned some things that we can transfer over to our race truck for the Texas race. There's a lot that we will be able to correlate."
After a slow start to the season, Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel mount have been on target including a win at Gateway International Speedway. In the most recent NCTS event at Dover (DE) Downs International Speedway, Cook gained another Top-10 finish for the Power Stroke Diesel team keeping his recent momentum alive for Texas.
"We wanted more at Dover, but we still managed a 10th-place finish on a day that didn't go our way," said Cook, now eighth in the NCTS championship chase. "We hope to continue to run well at Texas, a track I love to race at. We will have representatives from International Truck and Engine Corporation, Power Stroke Diesel and local Ford dealers at Texas to cheer us on in one of the largest truck markets in the country. It will be a feel good weekend where we will have a good time with our sponsors and try to put on a good show for the race fans in the Lone Star State."
In addition to his recent strong performances, Cook is also banking on a seasoned K-Automotive team which won the 1999 Pronto Auto Parts 400 at Texas with veteran Dennis Setzer handling the driving chores.
"K-Automotive has always had a solid showing at Texas," said Cook of the Orion, MI based team. "We've led laps in both races there last season and we've been competitive. It's just time for us to come up with another good finish and maybe seal the deal on a win there."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford by International will take the green flag in the O'Reilly 400 presented by Vavoline DuraBlend Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN. MRN Radio will also carry the event on more than 350 stations worldwide including the American Armed Forces Network.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL TRUCK AND ENGINE COMPANY
International Truck and Engine Corporation is the operating company of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV). International Truck and Engine is a leading producer of mid-range diesel engines, medium trucks, heavy trucks, severe service vehicles, and a provider of parts and service sold under the International® brand. The company also is a private label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. Additionally, through a joint venture with Ford Motor Company, the company will build medium commercial trucks and currently sells and services truck and diesel engine parts. International Truck and Engine has the broadest distribution network in the industry. Financing for customers and dealers is provided through a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar. Additional information can be found on the company's Web site at www.InternationalDelivers.com.