(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) – Terry Cook, driver of the No. 10 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford, is eager to get to Mansfield Motorsports Speedway for this weekend’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. The Sylvania, Ohio native will be racing in his home state and is no stranger to racing on the short tracks. Cook, who enters his fourth season with sponsor, Power Stroke Diesel, is looking for good fortune this weekend to climb back to the top of the driver championship standings.
“This is the first-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in the state of Ohio,” said Cook. “This is special because it’s kind of close to my hometown. We always get to race at Michigan International Speedway; it’s about an hour away from where I grew up. To have a race in the state of Ohio is really special. I’ve heard good things about Mansfield and I am very excited about going there. It doesn’t matter if you seat 10,000 or 22,000, to here a facility that sold out a month-and-a-half in advance of the race gives you an idea how many race fans there are in Ohio. At any Saturday or Sunday night short track across Ohio, you’ll find the best race fans anywhere; they’re very decided to their sport. The race fans will hopefully be treated to a great race at Mansfield on Sunday.”
Cook would be no surprise should he win at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. His last victory came at Indianapolis Raceway Park, a .686-mile short track, where he dominated the Power Stroke Diesel 200 event from the pole. The nine-year veteran driver opened this season with ppc Racing, a first-year team with the pole at Daytona International Speedway and finished fifth. Does the 33-year-old driver feel he can win on Sunday in the No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford?
“I definitely could,” said Cook. “This is the fourth race of the season and a pivotal race because it is the last we’ll work off the 2003 points. When we pull into Charlotte (N.C.) next weekend, it’ll be the first race we’ll actually pull in the haulers based off this year’s points and that’s a big deal for ppc Racing to show where we need to be. I can’t think of a better way to move our way up the points standings than with a solid win at Mansfield.”
Based in Mooresville, N.C., ppc Racing enters its first season of competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with driver Terry Cook and the No. 10 Power Stroke Diesel Ford. ppc Racing continues its competition in the NASCAR Busch Series, its fifth season, with driver Jason Keller in the No. 22 Miller High Life Ford Taurus. With co-owners Greg Pollex and Keith Barnwell, ppc Racing earned the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series championship and has scored 27 wins and more than 150 top-five finishes as it enters the 2004 season.