Texas: Cook post-qualifying interview

TERRY COOK -10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Qualified 2nd) "We rolled of the trailer and the Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l was strong. We were third fastest right off the trailer. We knew that we had something that was going to...

TERRY COOK -10-Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l F-150 (Qualified 2nd)

"We rolled of the trailer and the Ford Power Stroke Diesel by Int'l was strong. We were third fastest right off the trailer. We knew that we had something that was going to be competitive. We worked really hard in practice to screw it up, and at the end of practice we knew where we unloaded and kinda came back towards that. Dennis Connor, the crew chief, he's made such an impact on our race program. He and myself have both have been here I think for every truck race that's run here. We've got a lot of experience here and I think that helped a little bit today, and I'm just looking forward to a good race tomorrow night."

WHAT IS THE KEY TO THE RACE?

"I think there's a big difference between qualifying well here and racing well here. Hopefully we found the right mixture for both, but traditionally here you have to be pretty loose in qualifying to be able to race well here. The track tomorrow night will tighten up. Even with the record heat that we're having here in the Dallas area, when the sun goes down here and rubber gets laid on the track, it gets extremely tight. We'll have long green-flag runs and we'll be making green-flag pit stops, so the key is to have a truck that's free enough through a whole 60-lap fuel run. I think that we've established that or created that and hopefully that will pay off tomorrow."

"If you're talking about just getting to the track and getting up to speed on a particular race weekend, one lap. Honestly, I don't mean that in a boasting way, but you've been to enough, or I've been here 17 times now and been to a lot of this mile-and-a-half track, so you kind of know what to expect. This is the same truck that we brought here that we ran second with at Charlotte three weeks ago. You have a feel for the truck and you get up to speed very quickly. That's what Kraig was talking about. The rookies having never been here, it takes them a little bit longer to get up to speed, and I think NASCAR has done a great job of getting them the extra half-hour of practice with just them on the track to get them up to speed. You're going to go from here to Michigan Speedway, a two-mile speedway, and you'll run flat-out as well, but you'll run flat-out differently than you will here. You mix in Indianapolis Raceway Park, where it takes a lot of finesse, so every track is a little bit different. You get enough years of experience under your belt and you kinda get up to speed quicker."

-ford racing

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