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Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford hunting for stroke of luck at Texas JUSTIN, TX (June 2, 2003) - After being struck by bad luck at Dover International Speedway, Terry Cook is hoping to catch a break at the ultra-fast 1.5-mile Texas Motor...

Cook, Power Stroke® Diesel Ford hunting for stroke of luck at Texas

JUSTIN, TX (June 2, 2003) - After being struck by bad luck at Dover International Speedway, Terry Cook is hoping to catch a break at the ultra-fast 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway tri-oval in the O'Reilly 400 250.5-mile NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

"We need to get a good solid run with top finishing results to get this monkey off our back and I can't think of a better place to do it than Texas Motor Speedway," said Cook. "We had a Power Stroke® Diesel Ford that was a hot rod at Dover and we were as high as second before our efforts were derailed by a flat tire. Then, when we thought things couldn't get any worse, we had a brake rotor knock a hole in the radiator sending us behind the wall with damages that were not repairable. We are putting these bad breaks behind us and moving on to Texas Motor Speedway which is a track I love racing. Between K-Automotive and crew chief Rick Ren's success at Texas, we will be a strong contender."

K-Automotive's track record at Texas Motor Speedway includes a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory (6/11/99) and three Top-5s with previous driver Dennis Setzer. Not only does K-Automotive have a win at TMS, but Power Stroke® Diesel Ford crew chief Rick Ren guided NCTS driver Travis Kvapil to a win at the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the fall of 2001 while at Addington Racing.

"At Addington, we always had good race trucks entering Texas with Andy Houston and Travis Kvapil," said crew chief Rick Ren, who also has three runner-up finishes as crew chief at TMS with Houston and Kvapil. "I'm excited to get back to Texas this time with the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team. We had a good run going at Charlotte and at Dover. Even though Charlotte and Texas are similar, they have their differences. Coming off of a strong run at Dover where I felt like we had a Top-3 truck and a strong run at Charlotte, I feel really confident that we can go to Texas and have something strong to contend with by the end of the race."

"Texas is not only a track that the K-Automotive team has won at, but the crew chief has won there too," said Cook, who finished 13th and 22nd last season respectively at TMS. "The only one that hasn't won there is the driver. So, I think we need to take care of that department coming up this Friday night. Texas is a track I really enjoy racing at and it's one of the longest races on our schedule. Because it's a long race, the attrition is generally high for engine failures. I know from Allen Vigil racing engines to K-Automotive that prepares the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford truck every week that we will have a truck that will go the distance and be at the front."

For Cook's 11th outing at the second fastest track on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit, the Indianapolis resident is primed to improve his best finish of sixth at the tri-oval which has produced nine different winners.

"Texas is a lightening fast track," said Cook, whose best start at TMS is fourth. You are wide open through Turns 1 and 2 all night long. The most uncomfortable part of the track is driving into Turn 3. The banking doesn't straighten and pick you up until the middle part of the corner. The transition coming off the back stretch into Turn 3 is kind of a hair-raising experience. I don't care how many times you drive off of that corner because it doesn't get any easier any other time. Getting into Turn 3 is the hardest part of the track. Once you get it through Turns 3 and 4 you can pour the coals to get the Power Stroke® Diesel Ford flying down the front-stretch."

Cook and the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford team will take the green flag in the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 6 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on Speed Channel and broadcast live on MRN Radio nationwide.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston , Dennis Setzer , Terry Cook , Travis Kvapil