Cook, Power StrokeÂ® Diesel Ford Want To Turn Tables At Texas FORT WORTH, TX (September 6, 2001) - Save for a couple gallons of fuel, Terry Cook may have ended up in Victory Lane in the O'Reilly 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas...
Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford Want To Turn Tables At Texas
FORT WORTH, TX (September 6, 2001) - Save for a couple gallons of fuel, Terry Cook may have ended up in Victory Lane in the O'Reilly 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Texas Motor Speedway last June.
"Texas was a bittersweet for the team when we were there in June," said Cook, who finished 13th after leading and running in the Top-5 late in the race. "We made a lot of changes to the truck after we had done our fuel calculations in Happy Hour. That contributed to our miscalculation of fuel mileage throughout the race. We ran out of gas earlier in the race by mistake and the second time we knew we were going to run out. We were just hoping for a caution."
Cook started fourth in the 36-truck field that was set by championship points after rain canceled qualifying. Cook took over the lead on Lap 31 when he stayed on the race track while the rest of the lead pack pitted. Cook then kept his No. 29 Ford on the point until it sputter, gasping for fuel on the 64th-circuit.
"Our Ford F-150 was awesome in race trim," said Cook. "We lead a bunch of laps and run up front the entire race. Unfortunately, it was the first race with the 390 CFM carburetors and we didn't have the fuel mileage figured out correctly." Considering Cook ran well enough to win, he and the Power Stroke Diesel Ford are looking forward to a return to the 1.5-mile Texas oval and the Chevy Silverado 350 Saturday, September 15.
"We had second place in our sights and were running third before we ran out of fuel," said Cook. "We had a Top-5 five locked up until our luck ran out. We've gone back to the drawing board, compiled our notes, and are ready to go to Texas this time to contend for the win again. This is the first time we will be flying the Power Stroke Diesel colors at Texas and we're a much better team than we were in June. This K-Automotive team has had a lot of success at Texas over the years and they have a win under their belts there in the 1999 Pronto Auto Parts 400."
A hole in the radiator of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 at the .75-mile Richmond oval ended a streak of six-straight Top-10 NCTS finishes for Cook. Included in that string is a pair of runner-up efforts at Indianapolis (IN) and Nazareth (PA). The Indianapolis resident is currently seventh in the NCTS championship chase, 256 points out of first place.
"We have had a few occasions of bad luck like what happened to us at Richmond, but this K-Automotive team may have accomplished more this year than any other team in the garage area," said Cook after finishing 31st in Kroger 200 . "We started the year with a new nameplate in Ford and we didn't have a sponsor. Nobody expected us to contend for race wins or the championship. It's been a great season, whatever happens the rest of the way out."
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.