Terry Cook looking forward to Portland

PORTLAND, OR (April 17, 2000) - After a fourth-place finish in the 1999 Grainger 225K at Portland International Raceway, Terry Cook is looking forward to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2000 edition of the event. "The race at Portland...

PORTLAND, OR (April 17, 2000) - After a fourth-place finish in the 1999 Grainger 225K at Portland International Raceway, Terry Cook is looking forward to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 2000 edition of the event. "The race at Portland last year was by far the best race of the season for me," said Cook, who will pilot the #88 PickupTruck.com Chevy in this year's April 22 event. "We ran as high as second a couple of times and got shuffled back in the pack late in the race. We were able to rally back to fourth. It was really exciting for our team and I am looking forward to going back there." Cook has had his sights set on a solid 2000 NCTS campaign since the season opened at Daytona, FL in February. The Sylvania, OH driver is off to his best ever Truck Series start with a trio of Top-10 finishes in the first five races of the season. Currently ninth in the championship standings, Cook knows another good run at Portland will go a long way in helping his title aspirations. "I'm not exactly sure why I've done well on the road courses," said Cook. "In addition to last year's top run at Portland, we finished second at Topeka (KS) a couple of years ago. I've been to a couple of road racing schools - the Bob Bondurant School and the school at Portland Raceway. I also had a private instructor from Bondurant spend some time with me at Sears Point Raceway. I like the road courses, and the reality is if you want to do well in the championship chase, you have to do well in the road course events. Every race on the Craftsman Truck Series tour awards 185 points and two of those races are road course events. You can't afford to throw away that many points and expect to still contend for the championship." While not wanting to give away any trade secrets, Cook didn't mind sharing some of the nuances of the nine-turn, 1.93-mile Portland layout. "The best place to pass at Portland is on the front stretch," said Cook. "Coming off the final corner, there's a short chicane coming to the front stretch, you can get a run on someone there and pick up quite a few spots. At the end of the straightaway, there's a very sharp turn where you can out brake someone and get spots there. It's pretty hairy because you go from well over 100 miles per hour to down around 20. It's definitely a first gear corner. Both places are good places to pass." That said, does Cook think he had a chance at winning this time around? "You bet," Cook enthusiastically stated in answering the question. "Last year was the first time ever that I raced at Portland International Raceway. I really enjoy racing there. We've set aside a truck for the road races this year and we're going to road course test before we go to Portland this time. We're pretty pumped about chances of winning this time." This year's Oregon 225K NCTS event will take the green flag on Saturday, April 22, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be televised by ESPN while MRN will handle the live radio chores.

       
 

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Bob Bondurant