RICHMOND, VA (September 6, 2001) - A hole in the radiator of Terry Cook's No. 29 Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford F-150 proved to be fatal as the team retired early and scored a 31st-place finish in the Kroger 200 at Richmond International ...
RICHMOND, VA (September 6, 2001) - A hole in the radiator of Terry Cook's No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford F-150 proved to be fatal as the team retired early and scored a 31st-place finish in the Kroger 200 at Richmond International Raceway.
Cook managed just 168 of the 200 laps contested on the .75-mile Richmond oval in notching the subpar performance. It also dropped the Indianapolis, IN driver 256 points out of first place in the NCTS season championship chase.
"We went a lap down when we decided to pit under green to take on tires trying to tighten up the truck," said Cook. "We thought we could make back up the positions, but unfortunately, a caution flew about 10 laps after we pitted. That destroyed our strategy. We went another 20 laps realizing the truck was just was not right. When we were able to pull back in we found that our radiator had a hole in it and that ended our night."
Cook was able to keep his Power Stroke Diesel Ford in contention throughout the early stages of the race after rolling to a fifth-place effort in qualifying (22.443 seconds, 120.358 miles per hour). Searching for more bite and better traction off the corners, crew chief Bob Keselowski elected to pit under caution at Lap 70 putting on right-side tires and making air pressure adjustments.
"We were bad loose all night," said Cook. "We had no forward bite. When we came in on our first pit stop we ended up losing some positions. We had to back the truck up to get out of our pits. Right side tires and the adjustments we made didn't tighten up the truck like we needed and we ended up with a very loose truck."
The ill-handling conditions worsened forcing Cook to the pits on Lap 134 under green-flag conditions. Unfortunately, a caution came out less than 10 laps later placing Cook a lap down. Now 21st in the running order, things went from bad to worse for the K-Automotive team when Cook's temperature gauge began to rise. A small hole in the radiator proved to be the culprit forcing Cook behind the wall for repairs.
"We tried our best to hurry up to change the radiator and get back out," said Cook. "We are not sure what happened, but something knocked a whole in it. We changed the radiator and had every intention of going back out, but water was coming out of the exhaust. We knew there was something wrong with the engine and there was no point going back out then."
Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel team will take the green flag in the Chevy Silverado 350, September 15, at 4 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.