Terry Cook Texas II race notes

GRAPEVINE, TX (October 5, 2001) - A blown engine and a hard hit to the wall relegated Terry Cook to a 22nd-place finish in the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. "We were probably going to come away with a solid Top-10 finish, but ...

GRAPEVINE, TX (October 5, 2001) - A blown engine and a hard hit to the wall relegated Terry Cook to a 22nd-place finish in the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. "We were probably going to come away with a solid Top-10 finish, but the motor blew up and the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford took off right into the wall," said Cook after the incident. "We finally started leading and were having a decent race. We overcame so many obstacles tonight and it is unfortunate that this happened to us. The motor just started running hot and it blew it up causing us to hit the wall." Cook's problems started early and often in the 146-lap event on the 1.5-mile TMS oval. Just after the drop of the green flag, Cook radioed crew chief Bob Keselowski that oil was coming out of deck lid and pitted at Lap 5 for repairs. "We started pitting less than 10 laps into the race because we were smoking," said Cook. "Apparently, we had to much oil in the truck because it was pushing out the breather. Now, it seems that it was an internal problem with the motor. We tried to get the oil down to get it better and then we got going again." Now 25th in the running order, Cook quickly pushed his Power Stroke Diesel Ford through the field before pitting again on Lap 45 taking on right-side tires and a round of chassis adjustments. Upon exiting pit road, Cook was ruled to have pitted outside his pit stall and returned to pit road for three additional stops to repair front end damage suffered in an earlier incident. Back under green, Cook again roared through the field taking over the lead on Lap 74 when the leaders headed to pit road "We came in under caution trying to free up the truck and to open up the grill more," said Cook. "When another caution flew, everyone started pitting and we stayed out putting us in the lead for the first time." The good fortune was short-lived, however, as Cook gave up the lead to Scott Riggs on Lap 79. Soon afterward, Cook reported the engine temperature in his Ford truck was pegging the meter. The reading proved to be an ill omen as the engine exploded on Lap 99 sending Cook hard into the Turn 1 retaining wall. Cook's truck was immediately enveloped in a ball of flame as it slid all the way through the turn and came to a rest at the start of the back straight. Fortunately, the Indianapolis, IN resident was uninjured in the spectacular wreck, but any hopes of a solid finish were obviously out of the question. "That was a really hard hit," said Cook, who suffered a bruised knee in the incident. "The engine just let go and there was nothing I could do." Cook earned $8,535 for the 22nd-place effort and slipped to eighth in the NCTS points standings, 333 out of first. Cook and his Power Stroke Diesel team will try to rebound in the next event on the tour, the Orleans 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 14, at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio.

-TCR-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook , Scott Riggs