Terry Cook Michigan race report

BROOKLYN, MI (July 22, 2000) - After a month-long string of bad luck, it looks like Terry Cook and his ...

BROOKLYN, MI (July 22, 2000) - After a month-long string of bad luck, it looks like Terry Cook and his #88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet have finally hit their stride. "This was another good day for the PickupTruck.com Chevy Silverado and the SealMaster Racing Team," said Cook, after posting a ninth-place finish in the Michigan 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. "This makes two Top-10 runs in a row and we really needed both of them. The way the weekend started off for our team, as well as all the Chevy teams, we were all struggling with our aero packages. I was really concerned as to whether or not we'd be able to even be in the hunt. We had a lot of work to do to be anywhere near the Fords, but the SealMaster team worked hard, made a lot of changes and we got pretty close." Cook and his mates weren't totally shed of bad luck throughout the weekend. After qualifying 12th at an average speed of 173.775 miles per hour, the team saw their efforts nearly go up in smoke during the last practice session prior to the race. "We blew and engine in happy hour, so we only got four laps on the track and that hurt us'" Cook stated. "We had to guess a bit at the set up to use for the race and we guessed a little wrong and got the truck too tight. We struggled during the first half of the race, but even though we were struggling, we managed to stay in or around the Top 10 and on the lead lap until we could make a pit stop and adjust the truck." Cook and the rest of the field stayed under green flag conditions in the early going pitting for fresh tires and fuel at Lap 40. The first caution flag flew on Lap 55 giving Cook an opportunity to pick up some spots on the racetrack. "The truck was running really well way up top, or in the Richard Petty groove if you will," said Cook. "On restarts when the field was bunched up, I could jump up on the outside and go three wide if I needed to and make some passes. When we'd get outside on a lot of the guys it would effect the handling of their truck and they'd have to check up a bit and we could motor on by. It wasn't necessarily the way I wanted to race today, but it was what worked. We took what we could and at the end of the day, I'd have to say I think we got just about all we could out of it." At the finish, Cook was a strong ninth earning $11,620 for the effort. "I'm looking forward to our third Top 10 in a row at Indianapolis Raceway Park," said Cook, looking forward to the next event on the NCTS tour. "As competitive as the Craftsman Truck Series is, any time you can pull off a Top-10 it's an accomplishment. It looks like we've finally swung the momentum pendulum back in our favor and I'm looking to keep it going our way at IRP. We've still got the goal to be in the Top 10 in points at the end of the year and if we can continue to have runs like the one we did today, there's no reason why we can't be there." The Powerstroke 200 at the famed .686-mile IRP oval will take the green flag on Thursday, August 3 at 8:30 p.m. The 18th race of the 2000 NCTS season will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast as it happens on MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Richard Petty