FAST FACTS After making his NASCAR Busch Series oval-track debut on back-to-back weekends in June at Nashville and Kentucky, Chris Cook brings the ...
After making his NASCAR Busch Series oval-track debut on back-to-back weekends in June at Nashville and Kentucky, Chris Cook brings the #43 VisitPA.com Dodge to the Watkins Glen International 2.45-mile road course for Saturday's Zippo 200. Cook, who owns the highly specialized ShiftIntoGear driver instruction program and over the years has tutored numerous NASCAR and other series regulars including Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer, will be vying for his seventh career NBS start and third here at The Glen.
In his two previous NBS starts at The Glen, Cook started 19th but retired with engine trouble in Jimmy Sasser's #65 entry in 1999, then started 17th and finished 24th in Joe Nemechek's #7 entry last year.
A year ago this weekend, road course specialist Ron Fellows piloted the #43 CAPG Dodge here at The Glen, qualifying 34th but retiring before the race's midpoint with overheating problems. In 2001, the series' previous visit to The Glen, Jay Sauter drove the #43 CAPG entry to a 12th-place finish.
CHRIS COOK QUOTES ON WATKINS GLEN
"Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, I think we have all the makings for a great weekend in place. I'm driving the same car that was solid for me at Mexico City with a couple of test sessions and a few tweaks made to the package since then. It's got a great body, and Evernham power is really going to be a plus. It's a small, hungry team and I think this can be one of those weekends where we can shine. We're all digging for a good finish. I think we'll get that opportunity at Watkins Glen. I love the track. I've raced there a lot over the years. I actually won an IMSA showroom stock race there in 1991, and have a bunch of top-five finishes. It'll be my third Busch race there. Last year, I was running up front with another independent team and things were looking really good until we ran out of gas with a couple of laps to go. I actually qualified for the 'Cup race last year with another independent team, but rain kept everybody from getting their laps in, so we ended up having to go home. So I've been looking forward to going back to The Glen every since. Like I said, we've got a great hot rod and I have all the confidence in the world. There's a lot of heart built into this VisitPA.com car. I can't wait."