Watkins Glen Terry Cook Post-Race Report

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 25, 2000) - A strong start turned into a disappointing finish for Terry Cook and his PickupTruck.com/Transmission Technologies Chevrolet in the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 at Watkins Glen International Saturday. "It was...

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 25, 2000) - A strong start turned into a disappointing finish for Terry Cook and his PickupTruck.com/Transmission Technologies Chevrolet in the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 at Watkins Glen International Saturday. "It was still a good run for us," said Cook, who finished 11th in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. "We led some laps, we ran up front. We had a good pit strategy but one of our pit stops killed us. We lost a lot of time in the pit I'm not sure if something went wrong or what exactly happened. We came into the pits we were running third and ended up finishing 11th. It was just a tough day for us." Cook posted his best qualifying effort of the season steering his bright orange #88 mount to a second-place, front row start with a lap of 118.108 miles per hour. At the drop of the green flag, the Sylvania, OH driver was contest to fall in behind pole sitter and eventual winner Greg Biffle. Cook contently motored around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile Watkins Glen road course in the early going patiently waiting for his chance to take over the top spot. A round of pit stops after the third caution of the day, this one courtesy of J.D. Gibbs, put Cook on top of the leader board at Lap 29. Cook stayed in front until he pointed his truck toward pit road for a final stop on the 32nd circuit. Unfortunately, the four-tire change and refueling took nearly 28 seconds putting Cook back to 13th in the running order when he returned to the track. Over the final 30 laps, Cook did all he could to make up the distance between himself and the leaders. A pair of late-race cautions aided Cook's cause allowing him to pick up a pair a spots over the remaining circuits despite the fact his truck nearly ran out of gas at the finish. "We were probably going to get a Top-10 finish and ran out of fuel there with about five laps to go," said Cook. "The truck was spitting and sputtering, so we just nursed it home. It was a decent run for us. A run like this is what we needed to get our momentum going back and get them next race." Next up for Cook and the PickupTruck.com crew will be the Sears DieHard 200 at the Milwaukee (WI) Mile on Saturday, July 3. The 200-lap event on the famed Wisconsin State Fair Park oval will take the green flag at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be telecast live on CBS. The event will also be broadcast on MRN radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Terry Cook