LEBONAN, TN (Aug.10, 2001) - Terry Cook, racked up his 11th Top-10 finish of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season with a solid sixth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. "We thought we would...
LEBONAN, TN (Aug.10, 2001) - Terry Cook, racked up his 11th Top-10 finish of the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season with a solid sixth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
"We thought we would get a Top-5 out of it because we stayed in there for a while," said Cook, driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. "We took on right side tires on our last pit stop thinking that it would free up our Power Stroke Diesel truck, but it was just the opposite making the truck real tight. I don't know if it was the concrete surface or what, but it just tightened it up to the point of where it just wouldn't turn in the corners. I am just happy to get another Top-10 finish for our sponsor Power Stroke Diesel and all our associate partners."
Cook started sixth under the bright lights of Nashville Superspeedway after touring the 1.333-mile oval in a time of 31.312 seconds (153.258 miles per hour) in qualifying Thursday. Cook wasted little time at the drop of the green bolting into the Top-5 after just one lap. He then stayed there until his first pit stop at Lap 30.
"We came for left side tires and to take a rubber out of the left rear," said Cook. "We had been running third for at least 15 laps or so. We had an opportunity to come in under caution, so we did."
Back under green and on the march again, Cook broke into the Top-5 at Lap 64 with hopes of catching leader Scott Riggs. As the final 150 laps ticked off, Riggs proved to be too strong keeping all but two other drivers a lap down at the finish.
"We had a fast truck, but we didn't make up the ground we needed to," said Cook. "We struggled when we took the right side tires, it just made us tight which made it hard to pass. We looking forward to the next race at Chicago Motor Speedway. We are on a roll with our fourth Top-10 finish in a row. We're looking to keep it up and continue to put our best foot forward. We want this Power Stroke Diesel Ford to finish up front."
The sixth-place effort kept Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel team seventh position (201 markers from first) in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Standings.
Next week, Cook and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford team travel to Chicago Motor Speedway for the Sears Craftsman 175. The Saturday, August 18 event will be telecast by ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.