TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 1st) "The truck was awesome all day. The truck was awesome at the beginning of the race, and we just drove away from the 1 truck. I thought he was going to be my stiffest competition all...
TERRY COOK-29-Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)
"The truck was awesome all day. The truck was awesome at the beginning of the race, and we just drove away from the 1 truck. I thought he was going to be my stiffest competition all day. We cycled through pit stops and I looked in my mirror and the next thing I know the 1 truck is on my tail. I was like, 'Oh boy, we've got some serious competition now.' Then I drove away from him again and thought we had it in control again. Then we got that caution at the end of the race. It's normal for the guys in the back to pass, I shouldn't say back of the pack, running third, fourth or fifth that don't have a chance to win, I'd do the same thing. With 45 to go, I'd only take two tires or whatever the situation and try to gain track position. I knew that was probably going to bite, and sure enough it did. I thought with 45 laps to go and five guys to pass, but we ran them down and got into second and the same old thing happened that happened last week. In Memphis, I followed Travis Kvapil for 30 laps and I had the fastest truck and I couldn't get by. I had the dreaded aero push. The same thing happened here. The 2 truck had position on us and we were aero tight. We were closing in, but we couldn't get the job done. I was like, "Man, I'd hate to have two of them in a row.' And then the caution flag came out and I thought, 'This is great. This is what NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing is all about - green-white-checkered shootouts. Bob Keselowski told me on the radio, he said, 'This is your best chance to get him right here.' One thing I talked to Bob about all last year was we needed to have better ratios on restarts to accelerate the truck, and, boy, did he have one today. They dropped the green and got underneath him and in Turn 1, and we kinda rubbed a little bit, but that's just Craftsman Truck style racing. Nether one of us wrecked. I had a run at him and it was one of those racing deals."
AFTER LAST WEEK'S RACE, DID YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAD TO MAKE CONTACT TO MAKE THE PASS FOR THE LEAD? "I still protect my reputation. I'm not going to rub a guy unless I have to. I had a clear run on 2 truck, and he knows it, and he came by on the victory lap and gave me a thumb's up. He knew that we were just hard racing. That's what that is. I didn't want to wreck him. I would be more likely to wreck myself than him. That's not the way I race. This is just good, hard short-track racing here."
ON A GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED RESTART, DO YOU WANT TO BE IN FIRST OR SECOND? "I'd rather be first because I can kinda dictate. We were monitoring the 2 truck under caution and there was some chatter and the crew chief told the driver that he needed to get a little bit earlier jump than you may normally. The race leader dictates the restart; he can control the field. Fortunately for me, I just timed it perfect and I got on the throttle a split second before he did and got through the gears better, but if it comes down to it, I 'd still want to be in the lead."