Terry Cook, pickuptruck.com Texas Post-Race Report

FORT WORTH, TX (June 10, 2000) - Dark clouds and heavy thunderstorms delayed the start of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Pronto Auto Parts 400K for more than two hours. When the green flag finally flew at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night,...

FORT WORTH, TX (June 10, 2000) - Dark clouds and heavy thunderstorms delayed the start of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Pronto Auto Parts 400K for more than two hours. When the green flag finally flew at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, Terry Cook had to feel like the dark clouds were still hovering over him. "It's a real shame to have a truck as good as we had tonight and end up as far back as we did," said Cook after wheeling his #88 PickupTruck.com Chevrolet to a 19th-place finish. "It seems like the same story, just a different location. We had a good truck and a legitimate shot at a Top-5 run if not a shot at the win. Something we had no control over took us out of contention. It would be easy to let it eat away at you, but that's part of racing. We'll just have to put it behind us and go on to the next race and hope we can turn things around there." Cook started the event on the super-fast Texas 1.5-mile oval from the 14th position after posting a lap of 174.042 miles per hour in qualifying. Just a few circuits into the 167-lap event, Cook knew he had one of the better trucks in the race. "At the start with the green track from the rain and all, I wanted to take my time and feel things out until I knew just exactly what we had," Cook stated. "We had a little problem in qualifying with the engine that cost us a Top-5 qualifying spot, but we got it straightened out for happy hour and were really pleased with the way the truck ran. At the start of the race, I found out pretty quick that we had as good a truck for the race as we had in happy hour - maybe even a bit better. I was racing with Joe Ruttman and Rick Crawford, but once I got past them and out on my own, we were actually turning laps a tenth of a second quicker than the leader." Unfortunately, Cook's race to the front took a detour shortly afterward. "When the 75 (Marty Houston) truck spun over in Turn 4, it put down a lot of smoke and no one could really see where they were going," said Cook. "As it turned out, the track was clear and we had everything missed, but another truck turned up into us trying to be sure he missed the wreck too. That took off our left front fender off our truck and it messed up the front suspension a bit. We finally had to come in and take the time to get is somewhere near right. That put us behind and out of contention. "We had a super strong truck tonight, got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and got taken out," Cook continued. "I honestly think we might have had something for Greg (race winner Greg Biffle) tonight and if not, I know we could have been a strong contender for second." The 19th-place effort earned Cook $10,775 in prize money. It also had the Sylvania, OH driver pointing toward the next race on the NCTS tour - the Kroger 225 at the all-new Kentucky Speedway. "The next race is at the new track in Kentucky which is about as close as we get to home for me," said Cook. "I can't think of a better place to get the PickupTruck.com Chevy back on track and pull out a win" The Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway will take the green flag at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time on Saturday, June 17. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and will also be broadcast by MRN radio

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Marty Houston , Terry Cook , Rick Crawford , Joe Ruttman