Cook Exploring Options for 2007 With two races left in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Terry Cook is looking ahead to the 2007 season. Cook, the "Iron Man" record holder for consecutive series starts and a six-time Truck Series ...
Cook Exploring Options for 2007
With two races left in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Terry Cook is looking ahead to the 2007 season. Cook, the "Iron Man" record holder for consecutive series starts and a six-time Truck Series winner, currently sits ninth in the NCTS point standings with only races at Phoenix and Homestead remaining.
"It's getting down to the end of the year and we don't have anything set in stone," Cook said. "We have been proud to be associated with International and Power Stroke Diesel for the past six years, and we could very well be associated with them in the future. They are in the process of deciding what they will do for 2007. Hopefully they'll decide they want to stay in the sport and we can continue that relationship, but while they are looking at their options for next year it only makes sense that we look at our options for 2007 as well."
Cook went to victory lane for the sixth time in his career with a comeback win at Kansas in July after an early-race flat tire left him a lap down. In addition, he has scored two other runner-up finishes at Charlotte and Atlanta, and a total of eleven top ten finishes in 23 starts so far this season.
"We've had a pretty good year," Cook said. "Getting to victory lane was huge for everyone involved. I wish that circumstances were a little different and we could continue on where we are because this team has really come together and I think we would be in good position to make a run for the championship next year."
Cook is carrying a lot of momentum into the off season. A string of strong runs was punctuated with his first ever laps in a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series car at Atlanta.
"That was a big deal for me because Kenny Wallace personally asked me to practice and qualify his car," Cook said. "We didn't get a chance to qualify because it was rained out, but we turned a lot of laps in practice and gave him a good car when he came back to race. When you combine my first laps in a Cup car with a strong run and a second-place finish in the truck, Atlanta was a huge weekend for us."
With nothing set in stone for 2007, Cook is exploring all his options in all three NASCAR series.
"The Truck Series has been a great home for ten years," Cook said. "I certainly wouldn't mind making it my home for another ten years but when you're exploring your options you need to look everywhere. Winning races in the Truck Series is hard, and we've proven we can do it. We've done it against some of the most intense competition in the history of the Truck Series, with many current and former Cup drivers in the field. As a racer you're always looking for the next challenge and racing at the Busch or even the Cup level would certainly be a challenge."
Since his series debut at Milwaukee in 1996, Cook has competed in 238 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. He's scored six wins, seven poles, 26 top-five finishes and 89 top-ten finishes. A model of Truck Series consistency, Cook has been running at the finish of 202 of his starts. Cook also holds the all-time series record for consecutive starts; he has appeared in 220 consecutive NCTS races dating to the season-opener of the 1998 season at Orlando.