Terry Cook Indianapolis review

CLERMONT, IN (August 4, 2000) - Terry Cook and his No. 88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet were riding high at the midway point of the Powerstroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Unfortunately for Cook, the...

CLERMONT, IN (August 4, 2000) - Terry Cook and his No. 88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet were riding high at the midway point of the Powerstroke 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Unfortunately for Cook, the high turned into a low later in the race when a crash ended any hopes of victory for the Sylvania, OH driver. "We really had things going our way for awhile," said Cook . "We took the lead there for a little bit and really thought we had something for them when we took on tires with about 70 laps to go. I was coming back through the field and got to racing the No. 5 (Jason Leffler ) truck pretty hard. Unfortunately, we got together and got into the wall. There was really nothing I could do about it. We just made contact and once we get up into the marbles, we were both hanging on." Cook was doing anything but hanging on working his way to the front in the early stages of the race after a 14th-place effort in qualifying (22.645 seconds, 109.051 miles per hour). Quickly racing into the Top-10 and once among the leaders, Cook played the patience game not wanting to temp the tricky .686-mile IRP oval. "You have to be on your toes every lap at IRP," said Cook. "This place is so tough and it's really easy to get into trouble. There's always lapped traffic and there aren't many places to pass. Fortunately, my truck was pretty good tonight and I was able to move up early." Cook saw his efforts peak moving past Steve Grissom for the lead on Lap 99. After a short stay at the front,. Cook kept the leaders in sight pitting for fresh tires and fuel on Lap 125. Unfortunately, his return to the front was cut short when he tangled with Leffler as the pair entered Turn 3 on Lap 147. "It was just hard racing," said Cook. "I hate that it happened because it ruined Jason's run and our night too. I guess there's nothing you can do in that situation other than to move on to the next race." The PickupTruck.com crew managed to make repairs to the battered truck allowing Cook to return to action and complete 165 of the 200 laps in the race. Cook was officially credited with 28th place in the final running order and earned $8,245 for the effort. Cook and the rest of the PickupTruck.com crew will try to get back on track when the Craftsman Truck Series heads for Nashville Speedway USA for the next event on the tour. The Saturday, August 12 on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds half-mile oval will take the green flag at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and will be telecast live by ESPN. The event will also be broadcast by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Leffler , Terry Cook , Steve Grissom