Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford ready to kick the blues and rock Memphis. MEMPHIS, TN (June 13, 2002) - After a wild ride at Texas and a hard fought 13th-place finish, Terry Cook is confident his performance at the 'Home of the Blues and ...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford ready to kick the blues and rock Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN (June 13, 2002) - After a wild ride at Texas and a hard fought 13th-place finish, Terry Cook is confident his performance at the 'Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock and Roll' will be stellar compared to races of past at Memphis Motorsports Park.
"Memphis is a track where we've always run well but had a hard time putting the finishing results on a good run," said Cook, who finished 25th in the 2001 Memphis 200. "Last year we qualified sixth and ended up having problems under the hood around Lap 101. We thought we had a good shot at a Top-5 finish or a win before the motor problems struck us there. This year we're hoping we can stay out of harms way and produce a good finish for the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford."
A great part of Cook's success at Memphis will be on the shoulders of team spotter, Kay Keselowski, who will be keeping a keen eye out for trouble on the .750-mile paved short track.
"Memphis is a short track and that's my personal favorite type of track," said Keselowski. "Because it's a short track, there's a lot of things happening at once. One aspect of my job is to help Terry remain calm, but aggressive all at the same time. It's an interesting concept to try to do both. That's what makes short track racing so exciting. You need to be aggressive, but you need to be patient too. The big thing at Memphis is to trying to stay out of trouble."
According to Power Stroke Diesel crew chief Bob Keselowski, luck has not been on K-Automotive's side in past races at Memphis. This time around, Keselowski and the team are looking to draw something other than the short straw.
"Memphis hasn't been anything special for us as far as our luck goes," said Keselowski. "We've had a string of misfortunes there in the past and, lately, our luck hasn't been that good as well. We're ready to turn it around starting now. At Memphis, we know the most difficult part is trying to get the Power Stroke Diesel Ford to turn through the center of the corner and not bottom out down the back straightaway. The track is real wavy on the backstretch and you tend to bottom out a lot. So, we really have to work on your spring and shock package."
Despite their recent bad fortune, the Power Stroke Diesel team has risen to last to 10th in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings over the last six races. That run has left Cook, who won earlier this season at Gateway International Speedway, wanting more.
"We are still focused on the big picture," said Cook, who has three Top-5s and five Top-10 finishes this season. "We are taking it race by race. We have always faired well at certain tracks and we approaching a bunch that I like. Hopefully, we can get a solid finish or a win at Memphis to power us farther up the ladder in the standings."
Terry Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel Ford will start the Memphis 200, Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. MRN Radio will also carry the event on more than 350 stations nationwide including the American Armed Forces Network.
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