Terry Cook IRP preview

CLERMONT, IN (July 28, 2000) - The sights and sounds of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park can be breathtaking. According to NCTS regular Terry Cook, driver of the ...

CLERMONT, IN (July 28, 2000) - The sights and sounds of a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park can be breathtaking. According to NCTS regular Terry Cook, driver of the #88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet, competing at IRP without the sound part of the equation can be even more exciting. "IRP is the kind of place you really need help from your spotter," said Cook. "It's a five-eighths mile (.686-mile) track with short straight-aways and long, sweeping turns. It's a tough, tough little place where you need to do a 'slide job' to get by someone in the corners. Your spotter is critical in helping you do that. Anyway, I lost radio communication with my team at the drop of the green last year and I couldn't hear a thing. Talk about driving blind. We never got it fixed and wound up finishing 17th. Heck, without a radio, I was lucky to survive without crashing. After the race, we pulled the radio system apart, checked it and couldn't find anything wrong. We finally found a wire in my helmet that got unplugged. Needless to say, that made for an interesting race for us last year at IRP." Cook is looking forward to having all his racing resources available to him when he returns to IRP for the Powerstroke 200 NCTS classic Thursday, August 3. The first thing the Sylvania, OH driver hopes to accomplish is to improve on his 12th-place qualifying effort in last year's Powerstroke event. "We had the fastest lap out of 45 trucks in practice and really thought we had a great shot at the pole in qualifying," said Cook. "We knew the qualifying set up we had in the truck wouldn't be good in the race and since NASCAR was going to impound the trucks after qualifying, we knew we had to make some changes. We changed some shocks and springs before qualifying and wound up timing in 12th. That was pretty disappointing for us considering how well we had practiced earlier in the day." After a strong start to the season, Cook and his PickupTruck.com mount suffered a string of bad luck resulting in bent sheet metal and less than anticipated results. In the last two events at Michigan International and Nazareth (PA) Speedways, Cook has returned to form with a pair of Top-10 finishes. The 32-year-old would like nothing better than to keep the run of good finishes intact at IRP. "I've raced at IRP four times in the Truck Series and our truck has been very competitive every time," Cook stated. "I moved to the Indianapolis area and now live about two miles from the track. I've already been there many times this year to watch the midgets and sprint cars runs. I really love the place and can't wait to race there. Our SealMaster Racing Team is back on track scoring twoTop-10 finishes in the last two events. I'm really looking forward to a great run at IRP." The Powerstroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park will take the green flag at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 3 and will be televised live on ESPN. The event will also be broadcast as it happens on MRN radio.

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