Indy IRP: Terry Cook race notes

TERRY COOK POST RACE QUOTES - "We led the Power Stroke ® Diesel 200 presented by Ford and International up until the first caution came out around Lap 20" said Cook. "We were going to let Andy Petree by the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel/Oil...

TERRY COOK POST RACE QUOTES -

"We led the Power Stroke ® Diesel 200 presented by Ford and International up until the first caution came out around Lap 20" said Cook. "We were going to let Andy Petree by the No. 29 Power Stroke ® Diesel/Oil Mate Ford machine to get his lap back. I'm sure he didn't do it intentionally, but he drove right into the rear of the Power Stroke ® Diesel Ford/Oil Mate Ford and turned us around causing us to lose the lead. I was trying to be courteous by slowing down and moving up the track, but apparently he didn't realize what I was doing and he thought he was racing to get his lap back. He just drove right into the side of me and turned me around and sent me for a ride. We then found ourselves around 26th-place. From then on, it changed our whole race strategy and everything. We got out of tire sequence and everything because of the incident. We kept digging trying to get some spots, but it was too little too late. We burnt up the rear tires trying to get back to the front. We got so far back in lap traffic and got out of tire sequence with everybody else. We found our way back up to the top, but we just didn't have the tires to hold on. It's hard to race with guys that have fresher tires. We just didn't have the tires."

"We had a dominant Power Stroke ® Diesel/Oil Mate Ford at different stages of the 200-lap race," said Cook. "IRP is a track position race. I don't know what the leader did, but I imagine he probably did it on one stop. He played his fuel right and I saw that some guys ran out of fuel. We knew not to get involved in that and we were going to pit at about 65 to 70 laps in because we knew we would be safe on fuel like we were last year. But, when you get back there in the pack, it's easy to work your way up from 30th to about the Top-10, but once you starting working from there it's hard pickings."

"I don't know if it's the tire we're running here at IRP, but this is the greasiest I've ever seen this track," said Cook. "The track down on the bottom, the middle, up top, it just didn't have any grip and that was frustrating all night."

-kr/mmg-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Andy Petree