Sparta: Terry Cook preview

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford looking to go deep at Kentucky. SPARTA, KY (July 8, 2002) - Terry Cook will be trying to hit a home run both on and off the track when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits Kentucky Speedway this weekend for...

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford looking to go deep at Kentucky.

SPARTA, KY (July 8, 2002) - Terry Cook will be trying to hit a home run both on and off the track when the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visits Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the Kroger 225.

"The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will be having a softball game this Thursday against our good friends at ESPN," said Cook, whose NCTS team rallied to beat the ESPN squad in the game held last year at Northern Kentucky University. "We had a great time last year and I'm sure this year's game is going to be just as much fun. It's great that Craftsman puts on events like this because the drivers can be all on the same team and build camaraderie. The NASCAR officials will umpire the game and they will be doing what they do best and that's calling the shots. It's just a way for all of us to relax and have fun thanks to Craftsman and Kentucky Speedway."

Once the game is over, Cook will return his focus to steering his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford to a top finish on the 1.5-mile Kentucky oval. Cook, a three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career winner, scored a Top-10 finish in the Bluegrass State last season and is ready to pick up another solid effort in front of what should be one of the largest crowds on the NCTS tour.

"We're definitely looking to improve our finish from last season," said Cook, who came home ninth in the 2001 Kentucky Speedway NCTS classic. "We had a great run going until we burned a piston. We think we probably dropped a valve and that caused it to happen. We easily had a Top-5 finish, but we had a problem and still came away with a Top-10."

According to the Indianapolis, IN resident, the Kentucky speedplant is one of his favorite places to compete on the NCTS tour.

"The Kentucky track is one of the nicest in the series," Cook stated. "It's smooth, wide and fast. We can run several grooves and there's plenty of room to pass. There's nothing like coming down the front stretch under the lights with 70,000 plus NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fans cheering you on. We have that at Kentucky and winning there would be great for everyone associated with the Power Stroke Diesel racing team."

Cook's determined efforts have catapulted his K-Automotive squad into championship contention this season. A pair of wins, a Bud Pole Award, five Top-5s and eight Top-10s in 10 starts this season have Cook sixth in the season standings and looking for more as he heads into the Kentucky event.

"Consistency is the key to the big picture," said Cook. "We have been fortunate to pick up some wins along the way. We've been getting the job done and we've been fortunate. Hopefully, we've got all of our bad luck out of our system and Lady Luck will be on our side at Kentucky as well."

Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Kroger 225, Saturday, July 13 at Kentucky Speedway. The event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast live on MRN Radio at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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