Martinsville Terry Cook; beaten and battered

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 11, 2000) - For 200 laps Monday, Terry Cook was able to keep his ...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 11, 2000) - For 200 laps Monday, Terry Cook was able to keep his #88 Chevy near the front and out of harms way at Martinsville Speedway. Unfortunately for Cook, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on the treacherous .526-mile Martinsville oval was 250-laps long. "We had another Top-10 performance going and we just got caught up in lapped traffic," said Cook of a Lap 212 accident that took him out of contention to win the NAPA 250. "One of them got up into me and spun me. Then I got collected by a couple of other trucks and it pretty much spoiled my day." Up to that point, Cook's SealMaster Racing Team had played a cat and mouse game with the rest of the field. Pitting off sequence to the leaders allowed Cook to steer his multi-colored mount to the front of the pack by the halfway point. "We tried a little different pit strategy and we had the race plan in our favor," said Cook. "With about 50 laps to go, the strategy worked perfectly. We had fresh tires and were ready to take it to the end. We were in a good spot. It was just unfortunate that we got tangled up with that lapped traffic. Hey, its Martinsville and that means tight racing. There isn't a truck here that's going on the trailer without dented fenders." Beaten and battered after the incident, Cook soldiered on to a 30th-place finish and a $7,600 payday. The wreck not only cost the team a top finish, but it also dropped the unit one spot in the season points chase from eighth to ninth. Cook still remained upbeat despite the disappointing end to a solid day. "This is only race five of 24 this season and there are going to be some races where you have your lumps," he stated. "You have to take those as they come and today was a lump for the #88 Chevy. That happens, I'm not worried. We're just 196 points out of first place. That's great now that we're starting to go back to places I really enjoy racing at like Portland and St, Louis. I'm not at all disappointed about out season and today, well, it was just typical NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville." Cook and the gang will have a week extra to prepare for the next event on the NCTS tour at Portland, OR, Saturday, April 22. The race on the nine turn, 1.967-mile Portland road course, will be telecast by ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Series NASCAR Truck
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