RICHMOND, VA (August 28, 2002) - A string of wins and Top-5 performances have vaulted Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford to second in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, just 34 markers out of first. With a ...
RICHMOND, VA (August 28, 2002) - A string of wins and Top-5 performances have vaulted Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford to second in the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, just 34 markers out of first. With a stellar short track program in place, Cook is hoping to continue his climb toward the top of the standings when the Truck Series invades Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia is for Lovers 200.
"This is the first time heading into Richmond that I have been in this position," said Cook. "I've won some track championships, but never on a national touring level like the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. I use the same theory now as I did then, which is to keep doing what we are doing and don't worry about the points. If you worry about points, you are going to be caught up in a race that you basically don't have any control over. We are only in control of what the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford team can do. Because I've raced well at Richmond in the past and my team has a win there in the past, we should be ready for the 200-lap event."
"Winning Richmond was probably the most important race I've ever won in my career," said crew chief Bob Keselowski, who captured the 1997 NCTS event at Richmond in a K-Automotive entry. "Winning in front of all the Winston Cup and Busch teams made it even more special. It was a level that I had worked my whole career to achieve. It was like Terry's win at IRP earlier this season in front of all the Power Stroke Diesel people, his friends and family. It was a fun night and one I will never forget and I'm sure Terry won't forget his night either."
The stellar K-Automotive team effort has produced four wins, seven Top-5s and 13 Top-10s in 15 starts this season. Cook's best career finish at Richmond is ninth and last season he finished 31st after suffering mechanical problems. For the short-track bout at Richmond this week, Cook will put on his gloves to maneuver a Ford truck named Droopy Dog, the same vehicle that delivered wins at Milwaukee, New Hampshire, IRP and a runner-up finish at Memphis.
"We've had a lot of success with our short track program and we are bringing the same truck we've won three races with this season," said Cook. "Like Bob says, there's nothing like winning at this level and we hope to be in the position to win more."
Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Virginia is for Lovers 200, Thursday, September 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be broadcast live by MRN Radio. ESPN will telecast the race on a tape-delayed basis at 10 p.m. EDT that same evening.
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