Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford Want To Put A Win In The Books RICHMOND, VA (August 30, 2001) - After winning the pole position, leading and finishing second in the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth (PA) Speedway last weekend, Terry Cook and his...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Want To Put A Win In The Books
RICHMOND, VA (August 30, 2001) - After winning the pole position, leading and finishing second in the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth (PA) Speedway last weekend, Terry Cook and his No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford are primed to make the hard left turn into Victory Lane in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
"Richmond provides some of the best side by side racing in the series because of the progressive banking," said Cook. "It's a lot like Indianapolis Raceway Park in that respect and we finished second there in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 earlier this season. I'm really looking forward to Richmond because it is one of the tracks I love racing. We are going in there after a successful weekend at Nazareth and that should provide plenty of momentum and incentive for this Power Stroke Diesel team."
Cook appeared to be in line for a great finish at Richmond last year qualifying sixth and running with the leaders throughout the early portion of the Kroger 200. Unfortunately, engine problems short-circuited the effort producing a disappointing 30th-place finish. This year, Cook wants to write the same kind of script, but with a much different ending.
"We want to capitalize at Richmond," said Cook. "Last season, we had a good run going early in the race and later struggled with forward bite trying to find the magic chassis setup. We made some adjustments on the truck about halfway through the race and had a great run going breaking back into the Top-10. We had run down the sixth and seventh-place trucks and we were going to go by them when we had something internal fail in the engine. It was a big disappointment to battle all the way back to be in a position for a top finish and then have that happen."
This season, Cook has had a career year. The 33-year-old Indianapolis, IN resident has posted six Top-10 finishes in a row and is seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship standings, just 161 markers out of first place. Given his recent string of strong finishes, it's not out of the realm to think Cook could visit Victory Lane and be a player for the season title over the final six events of the season.
"It was great to be able to sit on the pole, lead and to run second at Nazareth," said Cook. "We can't ask for much more other than a win. It was disappointing to run second at Nazareth when we had such a good of truck. After the race, we found the grill got knocked out of the truck early in the race causing us to lose front downforce and limiting air to the engine. We didn't realize how bad it hurt us, but in hindsight it was ultimately our demise. I'm not sure we would have had anything for Greg (Nazareth winner Greg Biffle), but you have to wonder how much better we would have been with our truck intact. We're getting closer, much closer, to getting this Power Stroke Diesel Ford to Victory Lane. It sure would be great to do it at Richmond."
Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel Ford will roll into Richmond for the Kroger 200 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.