Martinsville II: Terry Cook preview

MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 15, 2003) - After finishing seventh at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday, Terry Cook turns his focus to toppling his best finish of third set in 2001 at Martinsville Speedway as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (October 15, 2003) - After finishing seventh at Texas Motor Speedway last Saturday, Terry Cook turns his focus to toppling his best finish of third set in 2001 at Martinsville Speedway as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the .526-mile oval for the second time this season.

"Coming off of a solid finish at Texas where we've ran into some problems in the past, gives us more confidence entering Martinsville Speedway," said Cook who finished ninth in the 250-lap event at Martinsville last April. "We always look forward to getting back to short track racing. K-Automotive prides itself on tracks like Martinsville and I enjoy racing them. You always look forward to tracks where your program shines and tracks you've had good experiences at in the past."

Even though Cook's best finish at the Virginian oval is third in 2001, his best run with K-Automotive in the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford occurred at Martinsville last season where he led 76 of 250 laps finishing fifth to eventual winner Dennis Setzer.

"We rolled off the truck perfect last year and that's what it takes to be the best in class at Martinsville," said Cook. "We were three laps shy of leading the most laps last season in the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel/Oil Mate Ford. It would be great to have a similar run and even better results this time around."

Referred to as two drag strips with a turnaround on each end at slightly more than half a mile, Martinsville can produce a grueling day for the 36 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitors.

"Martinsville Speedway is a tricky paper clip shaped track," said Cook. "It's a type of track where you have to be aggressive, but not overly aggressive and sometimes you have to use your bumper to get by. You have to conserve your brakes and be sure to stay off the curbs on the bottom. The key to Martinsville is to get into the corner really easy, but drive off real hard. The quicker you are back on the throttle, the quicker your lap times. If drive into the corner hard, you will overdrive the track. Then you end up burning the brakes causing you to go slower. It's essential to be aggressive, but not to aggressive where you overdrive the corners."

Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford team will take the green flag at Martinsville Speedway for the Advance Auto Parts 200 Saturday, October 18 at 12:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook