Milwaukee: Ford Racing qualifying quotes

Marking the one-year anniversary of the sponsorship announcement between Power Stroke Diesel and the No. 29 K-Automotive team, driver Terry Cook celebrated by capturing the team's first pole of the 2002 season and the fourth pole of his seven-year...

Marking the one-year anniversary of the sponsorship announcement between Power Stroke Diesel and the No. 29 K-Automotive team, driver Terry Cook celebrated by capturing the team's first pole of the 2002 season and the fourth pole of his seven-year Craftsman Truck Series career. Cook won the pole at The Milwaukee Mile on Friday afternoon with a time of 30.054 seconds. Cook's previous pole came 14 starts prior at Nazareth Speedway on August 26, 2001.

TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Qualified 1st)

YOU'VE BEEN AT OR NEAR THE TOP OF THE SPEED CHART THE PAST TWO DAYS, SO THIS IS NO REAL SURPRISE. "No, it's really not a surprise. I think it was more of a surprise to myself, personally, because the lap felt a little bit slower than what it was, but we did two sticker runs for qualifying, simulated runs, and both times were 30.05. Surprise, surprise, the first lap in qualifying was a 30.05. It's like the truck only has a 30.05 and I hope that holds up for the pole. I don't know if it will or not because Ted ran a 30.06 in practice, and I'm not sure if it will hold up or not. Nevertheless, it's going to give us a good starting spot for tomorrow's race and we're very pleased with that."

HOW SENSITIVE IS THIS TRACK TO CHANGES IN THE WEATHER? "Very sensitive. We were shocked this morning. We got on the track at 11 o'clock this morning and have the same truck we left the day with yesterday when it was kinda cool, and got out there and we were slipping and sliding all over the place. We couldn't hit our marks, we couldn't run the times we wanted to and we all of a sudden had to make some spring changes that we really didn't want to make or didn't think that we were going to have to, but because of the heat, we had to. We got it back under control and where we need it, so hopefully we'll be good for the race."

YOU FOLLOWED TRAVIS KVAPIL IN THE LATTER STAGES OF LAST WEEK'S RACE IN MEMPHIS, UNABLE TO MAKE THE PASS. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO BE OUT FRONT HERE? "Track position is very important here, but I think you can probably pass a little easier here than you can at Memphis. At Memphis, for whatever reason, the fastest way around is absolutely on the bottom. Here, you can diamond the track off, run low in, high in the middle and back down low, so it leaves a spot for a guy to get a run at you. At Memphis, you pretty much run on the bottom all the way around and you don't leave a lot of room for a guy to get a run on you. I think that the opportunity here for track position is key like it is Memphis, but you can pass a little easier here."

RICK CRAWFORD-14-Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford F-150 (Qualified 6th) -

"That ain't the fastest that we've run. We're third right at this minute, and if we ended up third or fourth, that would be fine. I think there are a couple of more trucks coming out that will beat us, but the Milwaukee Electric Tools Ford is a good pickup. I could tell that yesterday when we unloaded for the test session. We knew on Thursday that what the crew and Ray Stonkus have done to this truck, that it's a truck capable of winning the race, and I'm just glad to know when I take the green flag."

HOW VALUABLE WAS YESTERDAY'S TEST SESSION? "I think it gave us a good baseline for today. Having a truck that doesn't get loose getting in, can turn in the middle and has good forward bite off - that's heaven for a race car driver. If you can do that, you're OK, but then you have to have a perfect race nowadays."

HOW IMPORTANT IS TRACK POSITION ON A FLAT TRACK LIKE MILWAUKEE? "It was important last week at Memphis to have track position and I think it's important anywhere to have good track position. As close knit of a bunch that we have in the Craftsman Truck Series, and as quick as everybody is, track position will be key tomorrow. You don't ever want to go to the back and that's where pit strategy will also come into play."

RICK BICKLE-15-Dickies Ford F-150 (Qualified 23rd)

DOES THIS FEEL LIKE THE SAME TRUCK THAT YOU DROVE TO A SIXTH-PLACE FINISH LAST WEEK? "It doesn't drive bad; we're just not going anywhere. It's kinda frustrating right now. I don't know why or what the deal is, it just doesn't seem to run good."

YOU'VE COMPETED HERE IN VARIOUS SERIES OVER THE YEARS, BUT A WIN HERE HAS BEEN ELUSIVE. "Last week I looked really forward to coming here because it's home, but right now, the way that we're running, we have to figure out what the heck we're missing. We're definitely hurting because the crew chief (Buddy Barnes) is in bed sick, but the whole thing is, the truck is driving good, it just doesn't have any speed. It was the same way I felt last week in Memphis. I knew it wasn't going to be a good qualifier but I knew it would race good. I just don't know right now. I'll know more after Happy Hour."

JON WOOD-50-U.S. Navy Racing Ford F-150 (Qualified 13th)

"I think it just overdrove it in qualifying. I think we have a good setup in the truck, but I didn't hit my marks like I should have. The place is a little more familiar than a lot of the tracks I've been to this year, and I don't think where we qualified is where we are right now. We're a lot better than that. I messed up the first lap, and the first lap is usually the best, so we'll just take what we can get and move on. We worked yesterday mostly on race setup, so I know that we'll be better in Happy Hour and in the race tomorrow."

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