LEBANON, TN (August 10, 2002) - Terry Cook drove his No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford by International to a solid seventh-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday. The ...
LEBANON, TN (August 10, 2002) - Terry Cook drove his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford by International to a solid seventh-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday. The Top-10 run allowed Cook to maintain second place in the 2002 NCTS championship standings, just 34 markers out of the top spot.
"We had a good points day by staying out of trouble," said Cook. "We led a lap and bringing home a Top-10 finish with an ill-handling truck is a solid effort. We thought we had a handle on it, but we fought loose to tight handling conditions all night. We still need to do more homework on superspeedways. We are testing at Chicagoland in the next couple of weeks to do just that."
Cook, a five-time winner on the NCTS tour this season, started ninth and was running in the Top-10 as the leaders pitted for fuel and fresh rubber at the 60-Lap mark of the event. Crew chief Bob Keselowski rolled the dice on fuel mileage keeping the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford out on the track and the move paid off to perfection as Cook collected five bonus points for leading Lap 69. One lap later, Cook dove onto pit road for fuel, four tires and a chassis adjustment.
Despite the changes, the red, silver and black No. 29 Ford proved to be a handful throughout the event for the Indianapolis, IN driver.
"Nothing we seemed to throw at the truck helped," said Cook. "When trucks closed in two to three lengths behind me, my truck just wanted to snap sideways. It was difficult to handle all night."
Eventually, the handling problem and a blistering pace by the leaders put Cook one lap down. In all, just five trucks managed to stay on the lead circuit at the finish with Cook grinding out a hard-fought seventh-place finish at the checkered flag. Cook earned $9,400 in prize money as he rolled to his 13th Top-10 finish in 15 NCTS events this season.
"Honestly, we had a 15th-place truck and to finish seventh here tonight was big," Cook stated. "While we struggled here, we still got a great finish and now we're approaching a part of the schedule at tracks where we've had great success in the past. We have a few weekends off from schedule now to be on top of our game at Richmond when we come back in September. We were concerned about Nashville and it's now behind us and once again we are walking away with a Top-10 finish."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will return to action in the Virginia is for Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway Thursday, September 5 at 8 p.m. The event will be telecast by ESPN on a tape delayed basis at 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and broadcast live on MRN Radio.