Las Vegas: Terry Cook preview

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford betting on making up lost ground at Vegas. LAS VEGAS, NV (October 4, 2002) - After a two-week hiatus, Terry Cook and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team will return to action at the ...

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford betting on making up lost ground at Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 4, 2002) - After a two-week hiatus, Terry Cook and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team will return to action at the 1.5-mile paved tri-oval Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas 300 Sunday, October 13. After two less than anticipated results at Texas Motor and South Boston Speedways, the team is hoping to pick up some lost ground at Las Vegas.

"Our attitudes have not changed and we are going to give it our all these remaining races," said Cook, now fifth in the NCTS championship chase. "We have had some misfortune recently, but it will only make us work harder. We've dug ourselves out of some holes created earlier this season and this season is not over yet."

"Our goal is to win all four races and whatever happens with the points is what happens," said Kay Keselowksi, spotter and team owner of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford machine. "We're planning to go out of this season with a bang."

Cook's best finish in five previous starts at LVMS is a 10th. In rolling the dice at the 1.5-mile tri-oval this time, the Indianapolis resident knows he'll have to better the 13th-place effort posted in last year's race.

"The quickest way around the Las Vegas is right on the bottom of the track," said Cook. "The key at LVMS is getting into the corners. When driving into Turn 1, you accelerate straight up to the outside front stretch wall almost brushing it with the right side of the truck. You run a big arc getting in, floating into the corner because if you charge into it, you are going to slide up the track. You have to lift a little bit early to let the truck get turned. Then you get back in the throttle accelerating to the outside of the wall."

"Getting into Turn 3 is probably the trickiest part of the whole track," continued Cook. "It's very smooth and you have to get the truck right down to the bottom. You can't overdrive the corner like Turn 1. If you do that just a little bit, you are going to slide up the track and lose time. Once you are in the middle of the turn, you are right back on the hammer accelerating hard off the corner right almost to the outside wall off of Turn 4. Finally, you shorten up the front straight-away as much as possible back to the tri-oval."

Cook's 2002 season credentials - two Bud Pole Awards, four wins, eight Top-5s and 14 Top-10s - are good enough to make him a favorite at Las Vegas. That's good because the desert oasis track is one of his favorites.

"When they built Las Vegas Motor Speedway, they didn't leave any stone unturned," Cook stated. "It's one of the premiere facilities on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule and I'm excited to be back there racing in the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. The racing surface is just crystal smooth as glass. There's no bumps or ripples in the track. It actually lulls you to sleep the middle part of the race. The track is so smooth, so you don't get a sense of how fast you are really going."

Cook and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford team compete in the Las Vegas 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, October 13. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

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