LOUDON, NH (July 12, 2002) - New Hampshire International Speedway is very similar in configuration to The Milwaukee Mile which is great news to Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford team. "New Hampshire is kind of like Milwaukee...
LOUDON, NH (July 12, 2002) - New Hampshire International Speedway is very similar in configuration to The Milwaukee Mile which is great news to Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford team.
"New Hampshire is kind of like Milwaukee in that the harder you drive, the slower you go," said Cook, who less than a month ago scored a dominating NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win at the famed Milwaukee oval. "The key to New Hampshire is to be patient. You have to be careful because you can easily overdrive the corners. New Hampshire's a new track for us this time around because they've widened it out and put a bottom groove on the track."
Because of the changes at New Hampshire, Cook sought out some solid advice from long-time friend Jack Sprague, three-time NCTS champion and driver of the No. 24 NetZero Busch Series entry.
"Jack ran well there in the Busch race with the new track modifications," said Cook. "He told me the best way to approach it and how to get around there in the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. Other than what Jack told me, I'm sure it's the same old New Hampshire track. It's flat and hard to get a hold of the track. It's a track where you use a lot of gear. You rattle the rev chip getting into the corner. You tend to lift a little bit earlier when you first hit the rev chip depending upon how it's setup. Then, you glide into the corner. You are off the throttle for a long time with a lot of braking getting in."
"It's also similar to Milwaukee in that you coast so long that you think you need to pick up the throttle," continued Cook. "If you pick it up, you tend to exaggerate the truck's condition no matter whether it's tight or loose. As the race goes on, the trickiest part of the track is when there's a lot of rubber built up off of Turn 4 making your truck tight. That's what the team fights most."
Since being credited for last place in the season-open NCTS event at Daytona, Cook has roared through the pack to sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings. That's one spot better than where Cook finished in the 2001 NCTS final standings.
"We were happy with our effort last season," said Cook who has five Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes to date this year. "Last season was the foundation for what we have going for us now. We go to each track with a winning attitude. The Power Stroke Diesel Ford is there week in week out competing for the top spot. We are going to work as hard as we can to continue to be consistent and a front-runner."
Cook has delivered Ford's only two NCTS wins this year and one of two Bud Pole Awards and is enjoying his recent success and affiliation with Power Stroke Diesel Ford Racing.
"We told Power Stroke Diesel at the beginning of the year that our goal was to win every pole, lead and win every race," said Cook. "We set the bar as high as we could so that there was no doubt about how serious we are about racing and promoting their brand."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the New England 200, Saturday, July 20 at Kentucky Speedway. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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