Steamy Kansas NCTS clash next for Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford. KANSAS CITY, KS (July 1, 2002) - After starting from the pole, leading the most laps and scoring his second victory of the 2002 season last weekend at Milwaukee, Terry Cook is...
Steamy Kansas NCTS clash next for Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford.
KANSAS CITY, KS (July 1, 2002) - After starting from the pole, leading the most laps and scoring his second victory of the 2002 season last weekend at Milwaukee, Terry Cook is back in the thick of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship chase. With five Top-5s and seven Top-10s in nine starts this season, the Indianapolis, IN resident is sixth (129 markers out of first) in the 2002 NCTS point standings looking to close the gap even more this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
"This has been solid season for the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team," said Cook. "We have accomplished many things and overcome so many obstacles to put ourselves sixth in the championship chase. We've had some hardships, but we've worked our hearts out to pull through. You take the good with the bad, but in large, it's been a solid year and we'll be looking for more of the same at Kansas."
It was feast and famine for Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford in the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway last season.
Cook hoped to be the first-ever NCTS winner at the gleaming new Sunflower State track, but a carburetor problem relegated the seven-year series veteran to a 20th-place finish in the event.
"We weren't the fastest truck, but we had a solid truck capable of running in the Top-5," said Cook. "We had a new fuel system on the truck that had an inline filter right up by the carburetor. For whatever reason, the micron screening was plugging up the filters and it wasn't allowing any fuel to get into the carburetor. We had to come in and change carburetors and that killed our chances of a good finish. It was unfortunate for us because it was the very first race with Power Stroke Diesel as our sponsor and we wanted to put on a good showing for them."
Despite the less than desired results the first time around, Cook is ready to get back to the beautiful 1.5-mile Kansas oval after winning from the pole at the Milwaukee Mile.
"I think last year's race at Kansas was exciting for the drivers, the teams and most importantly, the fans," said Cook, a resident of Pittsboro, IN. "Anybody that attends the race at Kansas Speedway will realize it's one of finest facilities ever built. It is the most fan friendly racetracks I've ever seen. There's a fan pavilion where they can actually watch our Power Stroke Diesel Ford and all the rest of the trucks go through technical inspection. There's also a cut out in the fence where fans can get autographs from their favorite drivers. The grandstands are spectacular. If you have a ticket in the hospitality village, you have an incredible view overlooking Turn 1. Whoever designed Kansas Speedway really paid attention to the details. No wonder last year's race was sold out."
Last year's Kansas NCTS race presented an additional challenge for the drivers - temperatures at or above the 100-degree mark. With this year's event again scheduled in the midst of Kansas' summer, it's safe to say Cook and the rest of the starting field will again have to overcome the physically challenging conditions on the track and in the cockpit.
"It can be tough to race at Kansas in the middle of summer," said Cook. "Last year's race at Kansas was one of the hottest races we ever had in the history of the series. The Craftsman Truck Series has a tradition of racing in Kansas dating back to the events we had on the road course at Topeka. Those were very hot events as well, so when you come to Kansas in the middle of the summer, you kind of expect it to be hot. As long as you have a great event and fans supporting you, we're going to go out there and do our job no matter what the conditions are."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 Saturday, July 6 at Kansas. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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