St. Louis: Terry Cook prebiew

Former Winner Terry Cook Says Track Position is Key at Gateway * Terry Cook will make his 308th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Overall, he has six wins, 32 top-five finishes...

Former Winner Terry Cook Says Track Position is Key at Gateway

* Terry Cook will make his 308th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway. Overall, he has six wins, 32 top-five finishes and 110 top-ten finishes.

* Cook has scored one win at Gateway (2002), two top-fives, and five top-tens. He led 59 laps en route to his victory in 2002. His average start is 10.3 and average finish is 14.6 there.

* Cook finished eleventh in last Saturday's Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa.

You won at Gateway in 2002, what stands out about that race that you bring back with you in 2009? "I remember that our truck was really good on long green flag runs. At Gateway the field gets so spread out that it really promotes a lot of really long runs, and I think that race ran the final 100 laps or so under the green. We got out front around lap 100 and led the rest of the way. When everyone else was dropping off under that green flag run it seemed like we were getting faster. We ended up winning by eight and a half seconds, which was one of the biggest margins of victory ever. You don't ever plan on having long green flag runs these days but we'll work on it in practice. We'll get the truck driving good on short runs then work on making it better on the long run."

What's the most important factor in winning at Gateway? "It has to be track position. It's so hard to pass there, and even if you can pass, the field has a way of getting so spread out that you aren't running really close to anyone, so you want to stay right up front. If you have a bad pit stop suddenly you can go from running in the top five to just struggling to get back into the top ten. Our main focus from the time the race starts is one hundred percent on track position."

You won here in 2002 but you were also involved in one of the four incidents in the last multiple "green-white-checkered" race here in 2004. What do you remember about that race? "Well it wasn't very good for us, that's for sure, but it was good for our teammate David Starr. I am sure he has some good memories about that race but I don't. We tried a new brake package that day and it didn't work. We were struggling just to hold onto the back of the top ten and ended up getting taken out. It just seemed like if you were the leader late in the race you were going to get wrecked. I'm sure it was exciting from the grandstands though, and that's what matters. I think every one of those fans in the stands deserves to see the winner power under the checkered flag at full power. Right now we only have one attempt at a "green-white-checkered" finish, and I think we should go back to how it was. If it takes fifteen tries to get it right, then that's what we need to do."

Cajun Industries Safety Incentive Winner: Cajun Industries created a safety incentive program whereby front-line supervisors without any safety incidents are placed in a drawing each month and out of those supervisors, a winner will be chosen to travel to the race track as an honorary Crew Chief to sit beside the team's Crew Chief Danny Rollins. August's contest winner is Evan Connor. He will be attending Gateway International Raceway as his reward. Plus, his name will be displayed across the rear of the race truck in recognition of his good record.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Terry Cook