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WEST ALLIS, WI (June 25, 2000) - Terry Cook made a name for himself driving stock cars on the short tracks of Ohio and Indiana. When it came time for the Sylvania, OH driver to move up in competition, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the...

WEST ALLIS, WI (June 25, 2000) - Terry Cook made a name for himself driving stock cars on the short tracks of Ohio and Indiana. When it came time for the Sylvania, OH driver to move up in competition, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Milwaukee Mile proved to be his destination. "My first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race was at Milwaukee in 1996," said Cook, driver of the #88 PickupTruck.com/Transmission Technologies Chevrolet. "They had an optional test day there that year and it was my first time ever in on a one-mile track. I couldn't believe how much power the trucks had compared to the stock cars I had been driving. I had to learn pretty quick. In the race, the track came up pretty bad and I can't tell you the number of times I slid up out of the groove and nearly wrecked the truck. We just kept at it and persevered and finished 12th. It was pretty exciting to break in and run that well the first time out." Since that day in 1996, Cook has developed into one better drivers on the NCTS tour. A race winner at Flemington, NJ in 1998, Cook also owns a pair of pole position runs. While he might have had trouble figuring out the one-mile Milwaukee oval as a rookie in 1996, the veteran Cook now knows exactly what it takes to go fast on the State Fair Park track. "Milwaukee is a very flat track and it's all about handling there," stated Cook. "You have to have a good motor under the hood, but you need to handle well all day long if you expect to finish well. Milwaukee has long, sweeping corners that are flat as a pancake. The track has hardly any banking at all. There's just enough so the water can run off and that's about it. If you can get through the corners there, you're going to have a good day." Last year, Cook and his #88 Chevy posted a 16th-place finish in the Sears DieHard 200 at Milwaukee. According to the 32-year-old driver, the finish wasn't indicative of how good his truck was. "We struggled there a little last year," said Cook, who started 19th. "We got better as the race went on, but Greg Biffle (last year's winner) was so fast that he got us a lap down early in the race. Later, we got our lap back on a restart and were driving away from him when we had a tire go down. He got back around us and the caution came out, so we were still a lap down. That's the way we finished, but we were better than what we finished. We definitely had a Top-10 truck." This year, Cook is looking forward to scoring that Top-10 finish. He's also looking forward to spending some quality time in Milwaukee. "Given I ran my first Truck Series race at Milwaukee, I'm pretty fond of the place," said Cook. "I always enjoy going there because it's Independence Day weekend and there's a lot of excitement in the Milwaukee area then. We'll have the motorcoach up there all week long, so we're looking at having a good time as well as running good in the race." The Sears DieHard 200 will that the green flag Saturday, July 1, at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. The event will be telecast live by CBS and will be broadcast by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Terry Cook