Phoenix Terry Cook; overcoming adversity

PHOENIX, AZ. (March 21, 2000) - Depending on your perspective, Terry Cook and his PickupTrucks.com Chevrolet had good luck or bad luck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. After...

PHOENIX, AZ. (March 21, 2000) - Depending on your perspective, Terry Cook and his PickupTrucks.com Chevrolet had good luck or bad luck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chevy Trucks 150 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. After two straight Top-10 performances to open the 2000 NCTS season, Cook suffered engine trouble and soldiered on to a 14th-place finish in the Phoenix event. According to the driver of the #88 SealMaster Racing Chevy, good luck was on his side this time around as well. " It ended up being a better day for us than I thought we were going to have," said Cook. "Early in the race, we lost a cylinder and when that happens you never know if the motor will keep running or finally just let go. To run all day on seven cylinders and end up on the lead lap and finish 14th, you can't ask for a lot more than that." Cook started the 150-mile event on the one-mile Phoenix oval from the 10th position after posting a lap of 28.207-seconds (127.628 miles per hour) in qualifying Friday. Taking the green flag Sunday, the Sylvania, OH native quickly pushed his brightly painted PickupTruck.com Chevy toward the front only to have the engine problem limit his ability to race with the leaders. "The PickupTruck.com Chevy was really hooked up all day," said Cook, noting this was the team's first time out with the new primary sponsorship partner. "We ate them up in the corners and when I could get a good run through corners, I could manage to hold them off down the straightaways. We didn't need all those re-starts late in the race. It took us so long to really get running again that we would fall back and then have to work our way back up to where we were. If it could have stayed green for longer periods at a time, I think we could have picked off a couple more positions." Cook earned $8,291 for the Phoenix run and will now turn his attention to the Dodge California 250 at Bakersfield, CA this weekend. The fourth event of the 2000 NCTS season should prove to be exciting on the tight half-mile Mesa Marin Raceway oval and Cook, for one, is looking forward to the challenge. "I think we'll take this same truck to Bakersfield," Cook stated. "Over the past couple of races, this truck has proven that it's a good race truck. We'll be looking for big things at Bakersfield." The Dodge California 250 will open with qualifying on Friday, March 24 and take the green flag at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday, March 26. The event will be broadcast live on MRN radio and will be telecast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

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