NAZARETH, PA - (August 26, 2001) - Terry Cook posted a strong second-place finish in the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth Speedway and served notice that he and his No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford would be players in the NASCAR Craftsman...
NAZARETH, PA - (August 26, 2001) - Terry Cook posted a strong second-place finish in the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth Speedway and served notice that he and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford would be players in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series stretch drive for the season championship.
"The Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 was awesome today," said Cook, who notched his fifth Top-5 finish of the season in the event. "We led early and Greg Biffle got the lead after he came up behind me freeing up my truck. That made it easier for him to get past me. He had a little bit better truck and he drove off from me. We were the class of the field except for Greg. It came down to a shoot out with only a few trucks and a few laps left. I didn't have quite enough on those final laps to get by him."
Cook scored his third career NCTS pole in qualifying Saturday pushing his Power Stroke Diesel Ford to a lap of 27.789 seconds (129.548 miles per hour) on the multi-turn, one-mile Nazareth oval. The top qualifying effort was a first for Cook since joining the K-Automotive team prior to the final race of the 2000 NCTS season. It was also the first pole position for Ford in Truck Series competition this season and a first for Power Stroke Diesel since signing on as the team's primary marketing partner six races ago at Kansas City.
"This is so incredible for our race team," said Cook, whose previous NCTS poles came at Flemington (NJ) and Louisville (KY). "I knew coming to the K-Automotive team would provide a boost to my career. Since Power Stroke Diesel has come on board, we've finished in the Top-10 in every race except one. Now we've won a pole, the first for Ford this season. Things are really looking up. Now all we have to do is go out and win a race. We're really close."
Cook went to work at the drop of the green flag leading the 36-truck field around the tight, one-mile Nazareth oval. Biffle then motored by on Lap 8 and set sail leading the final 192 laps. In winning the event, Biffle became the first driver to win both the NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series events at Nazareth in a single season.
"The big thing here today was not to give up," said Cook. "We didn't want to settle for second. The plan was to adjust on the truck hoping to make it better during pit stops. We did come back around, but it was tough trying to reel Biffle back in to us."
"Biffle told me if I had gotten to him, I would have been able to pass him because he was too loose and out of control," Cook continued. "I couldn't get to him because my truck was too tight at the finish. I just had the opposite problem that Greg did. That's a shame because the Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 was so good today. We thought we could take home a win today."
Cook earned $35,125 for the strong effort and closed within 161 points of series leader Joe Ruttman in the season championship chase.
"We're gaining a little on them every week," said Cook, who is seventh in the standings. "We finished second at Indianapolis three weeks ago and now we've got another runner-up finish here. If we can keep on clicking off Top-5s, we're going to move up in the standings. If we keep running the way we did here at Nazareth, we're going to get a win as well."
Next up for Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel Ford will be the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway Thursday, September 6. The event will take the green flag at 8 pm Eastern Daylight Time and will be telecast by ESPN2 and broadcast on MRN Radio.