Terry Cook Martinsville Preview

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 3, 2000) - In the past, Terry Cook hasn't looked forward to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series stop at Martinsville Speedway. Some special tutoring, however, has the driver of the ...

MARTINSVILLE, VA (April 3, 2000) - In the past, Terry Cook hasn't looked forward to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series stop at Martinsville Speedway. Some special tutoring, however, has the driver of the #88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet excited about his chances in the NAPA 250 this weekend at the famed Virginia oval. "For the first time since I've been running in the Craftsman Truck Series, I'm looking forward to running at Martinsville," stated Cook. "That's all because of the help I've been getting from Jimmy Hensley, the MASTER of Martinsville. Jimmy and I had dinner together in Phoenix and talked about how to get around Martinsville. He gave me some great tips on how to get into and out of the corners at Martinsville and I just know it's going to help me." Cook didn't say if he picked up the check for the informative dinner, but receiving advice from Hensley on getting around the tight Martinsville .526-mile oval could prove to be priceless. Hensley won the 1999 NAPA 250 NCTS event at Martinsville and also owns three NASCAR Busch Series race victories at the track. Meanwhile, Cook has struggled on the oldest track on the NASCAR schedule, his most recent effort producing a 25th-place finish in last year's NAPA 250. The other thing that might boost Cook's fortunes this time around is a strong start to the 2000 NCTS season. A fourth-place effort at Daytona, FL and three Top-10 finishes in the first four events of the season have been the highpoints of an early-season run that has Cook seventh in the point standings heading into the Martinsville event. "I think you can look for a good race for our SealMaster Racing team and our new sponsor, PickupTruck.com, at Martinsville," said Cook. "If we can go there and run in the Top-10, it would be the best we've ever finished at Martinsville. We've been three times and struggled all three times. With the help Jimmy's been giving me, I'm more confident than I've ever been that we can qualify well and run up front during the race. Maybe we can even be a factor for the win. To do that, we'll have to beat Jimmy and at Martinsville, that's not going to be easy." Cook will get his first chance to apply the lessons learned when the gates swing open on the NAPA 250 at Martinsville with practice and qualifying on Friday, April 7. The 250-lap NCTS event will get underway at 1 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday, April 8 and will be telecast live on ESPN. The race will also be broadcast live by MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Jimmy Hensley