NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series – Ford PSD at Martinsville

By -

Terry Cook

No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International

Kroger 250 / Martinsville Speedway ““ Saturday, April 1, 2006


~         Two, top-10 finishes in last four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races (NCTS) at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.  Saturday marks the fifth NCTS race for the Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team with ppc Racing, the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series championship team

~         Driver Terry Cook has five, top-10 finishes at the .526-mile short track with an average finish of 15.0

~         Crew Chief, Dennis Connor has too seen his success at Martinsville Speedway with five, top-10 finishes in seven races as a crew chief

~         Cook makes his 201st-consecutive NCTS start Saturday.  Cook will surpass Rick Crawford’s all-time consecutive streak of 209 later this year at Kentucky Speedway in the Built Ford Tough 225

~         New to the Team in 2006: Dennis Connor is the team’s crew chief.  He has three NCTS championships to his name (1997, ’99 and 2001) and twice was runner-up (1996, ’98).  Tony Hirschman III (spotter) is the son of five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified champion, Tony Sr.  Hirschman has spotted since 1994 in modifieds, open-wheel and stock car racing.  2006 marks his first year spotting in the NCTS.  Finally, Nicole Addison (rear tire changer) is the only female over-the-wall crew member in NASCAR’s top-three divisions.  This is her first year with ppc Racing

~         Local Angle: Ken Majors, engine tuner, is from Durham, N.C., and enters his third year with the No. 10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International race team



DATE             START          FINISH          STATUS        EARNINGS

04/09/05            13                  10               Running            $11,875

10/22/05            26                  7               Running            $  9,500

04/17/04            31                  22               Running            $  7,140

10/23/04            17                  13               Running            $  8,615

04/12/03            16                  9               Running            $  9,950

10/18/03            19                  19               Running            $  8,115

04/13/02            7                  5               Running            $11,500

04/07/01            6                  3               Running            $18,190

04/10/00            9                  30               Running            $  7,590

04/17/99            28                  25               Running            $  5,015

09/26/98            21                  22               Running            $  6,075



Martinsville is your typical short track.  It’s got action all the way around that place all night long.  The spring race is 50 laps longer than the fall race so it takes a little bit different strategy to race there.  The fall race you can actually do it on one pit stop.  The spring is going to require a minimum of two.  With that said, you just have to have a good truck.  The No. 1 key ingredient at Martinsville is you have to qualify well because track position is very hard to come by.  Obviously with a great pit crew, we’ve been able to work track position through pit stops so I’m looking forward to that.  Just having a great truck rolling right off the trailer, tuning on it well but with a little bit of racing luck because you get caught up in a wreck that’s not of your own doing when the track is blocked.  So you need to be on your toes all day long and the crew chief call a good race, pit stops have got to be great and I think we can come out of there with a great finish.”



Martinsville is a pretty cool track from standpoint the fans know that there’s only one way in and one way out of the track.  They’re good fans.  They get at the track at 5:30, 6 a.m. everyday the track is open Thursday all the way through Sunday and then line up outside the gate, which is pretty cool in itself. They’re looking for autographs, they’ve got merchandise that needs to be signed and it’s a pretty neat time to go out of your way to take care of those fans that take care of us. They’re really excited when you get there.  We’ve had some fans that were probably a little too excited when we got there but nevertheless we take care of them just as well as we do the rest of them.  It’s just a great group of people that come to Martinsville.”



Date     Race                                Site                                          Start    Finish    Laps   T. Laps Status    Pts.   Earnings

Feb. 17 GM Flex Fuel 250             Daytona Int’l Speedway               31         10        102       102    Running    134    $18,725

Feb. 24 200          California Speedway                    22         14        106       106    Running    121    $13,590

March 17 John Deere 200              Atlanta Motor Speedway              11         12        135       135    Running    127    $10,815

April 1   Kroger 250                       Martinsville Speedway


Average Start:               21.3

Average Finish: 12

Wins:                            0

Top-5s:                         0


Top-10s:                       1

Earnings:                      $43,130

Total Points:                  382

Points Standings:          12


Total Owner’s Points:                 382

Owner’s Points Standings:          11

Laps Completed:                        343

Total Possible Laps:                  343

Percentage:                               100



Nicole Addison, Rear Tire Changer

Marty Brice, Pit Support

Jon Bruns, Rear Tire Carrier

Bill Cahill, Second Can Gas Man

Dennis Connor, Crew Chief

Jeff Fleenor, Catch Can

Cliff Graves, Shop Foreman

Tony Hirshman, Spotter

Jeff Kirkendall, Engineer

Teresa Kirkendall, Scorer

Ken Majors, Engine Tuner

Greg Pollex, Truck Owner

Jamie Price, Gas Man

Steve Rasmussen, Shock Specialist

Brian Scanlon, Mechanic

Kenneth Purcell, Jack Man

Shaun Wheeler, Front Tire Carrier

Tim Whitaker, Front Tire Changer / Truck Chief


~         Team Owner, Greg Pollex has started at least one NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.  Pollex’s best overall finish as a car and truck owner was in NASCAR Busch Series (NBS) competition with driver Chad Little: fifth in 1994

Comments ()