SOUTH BOSTON, VA - (September 23, 2002) - Engine woes derailed Terry Cook for the second-straight race as the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford team posted a disappointing 25th-place finish in the Hardee's 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at...
SOUTH BOSTON, VA - (September 23, 2002) - Engine woes derailed Terry Cook for the second-straight race as the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford team posted a disappointing 25th-place finish in the Hardee's 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at South Boston Speedway Saturday.
"We definitely had a shot at another win with the truck we've won with three out of four times this season," said Cook. "Unfortunately, less than 30 laps into the race, the water temperatures started to rise at unhealthy levels. Then, we got caught up in a wreck when a truck got sideways and that just added to our problems we were having before."
The four-time NCTS winner this season played a patient waiting game in the early stages of the race running fifth behind Ted Musgrave, Dennis Setzer, Mike Bliss and Rick Crawford.
"I radioed to crew chief Bob Keselowski early on and told him that we had a really good truck," said Cook. "We needed a chassis adjustment because the truck was loose, but other than that we certainly had a truck capable of winning the race. It's just unfortunate for this Power Stroke Diesel Ford team because we clawed our way into championship contention only to have mechanical problems in the last two races."
The outlook for a good finish went south on Lap 72 when Cook was caught up in a wreck in front of him. The melee caused significant damage to the front end of his black, red and silver Power Stroke Diesel Ford by International.
"We came into the pits for repairs and the water temperature was as high if not higher as it had been before," said Cook. "We just did our best and kept coming in to try to cool the engine down, but it kept pushing water out the remainder of the race. The team did a great job of keeping us out. We didn't want another DNF. Our goal was to do the best we could possibly do with the cards we were dealt. We were determined to finish the race and try to pick up as many positions as we could."
Cook earned $5,440 for the effort. He is currently fifth, 177 points markers from first, in the 2002 NCTS championship standings.
After a couple weeks off, Power Stroke Diesel Ford team's next challenge is the Las Vegas 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, October 13. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time.