Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford Set For Grand Finish In Arizona PHOENIX, AZ (October 22, 2001) - After a solid 13th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Terry Cook is confident his Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford F-150 will be in the mix for the...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Set For Grand Finish In Arizona
PHOENIX, AZ (October 22, 2001) - After a solid 13th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Terry Cook is confident his Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150 will be in the mix for the win in the Chevy Silverado 150 at Phoenix International Raceway.
"We have learned some things from Las Vegas about the truck that we can capitalize on at Phoenix," said Cook, a veteran of 116 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts. "We were a little frustrated with the finish because we thought we could do better. We've gone back to the drawing board and are doing everything possible to pick up the pace for Phoenix."
Last season at Phoenix, Cook's NCTS entry suffered a mechanical problem spoiling his chances for a Top-5 effort.
"We were running really well and it seemed as though we were going to end up with a great finish, but unfortunately we had engine problems," said Cook after finishing 14th in 2000 event at PIR. "We started 10th and had a decent truck to work with. It was the best run I ever had at Phoenix. I'm looking forward to going back to Phoenix with this K-Automotive team. They've had great runs there before. I think the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150 will be one of the trucks to beat."
Cook has had a career year in 2001 winning a Bud Pole Award at Nazareth. He's also posted five Top-5 and 14 Top-10 finishes. With two races remaining on the NCTS tour, Cook lacks only one thing - a win.
"We came up short at IRP and Nazareth," said Cook who scored second-place finishes in both events. "We've had some great runs this season and have been competitive at every race. Heading into the final two events, we're eighth in the points and still have an outside shot at picking up a couple of spots. Given my best-ever finish in the championship standings has been a 14th, this year has been a real success for us.
"I am eager to race Phoenix," Cook continued. "It's a flat one-mile track. I don't want to call it a Nazareth type setup, but it's something similar. The corners are flat with one tight and one sweeping. You really have to keep the truck free to get around Turns 1 and 2 because the corners are so tight. You have to be careful because you can get so free in Turns 3-4 where you are swapping ends. It's a combination of both."
"Phoenix has been a pretty decent track for us," said team owner and race spotter Kay Keselowski. "Typically we struggle in practice, but during the race we've done pretty well there. I'm looking forward to going back because I feel that we will be in good shape. I want to do as well as we did in Nazareth but, one spot better."
Cook and his Power Stroke® Diesel team will take the green flag in the Chevy Silverado 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.