Cook Serves Up a Win

Terry Cook won Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, winning his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory in nearly four years. The last time Cook's Ford Power Stroke Diesel saw victory lane was in 2002, some 94 races ago. "Man, this is huge," Cook said after his sixth series win. "I was trying to get my knees to stop knocking. It's been so long. "We saw what momentum did for Johnny Benson and we're hoping to get some here today." A flat tire put Cook one lap down early in the race. He came back through the field with the help of fast pit stops and some lucky breaks. "Our truck was so good, we packed it with fuel to go to the end and just set sail," he said. "Once we got the lead and got clean air on the clean, it was just unstoppable." Cook has had great success at Kansas Speedway, having finished in the top 10 three times in five previous races. He said he felt good about winning at Kansas Speedway this year even though wins have eluded him for so long. "When you're heading into the grave for that long, you start doubting yourself and you start reaching," he said. "The summer stretch has always been my strong point, and we're in race seven of a nine-race stretch across the summer here. We've always run good at the mile-and-a-halfs, and our program has excelled another fold and my crew chief Dennis Connor told me for the first time in a long time that not only is he ready to win again." Fellow Ford drivers Rick Crawford and Australian Marcus Ambrose finished second and third, respectively. In ARCA RE/MAX Series action, Frank Kimmel became the winningest driver in Kansas Speedway history after taking the checkers for the Kansas Lottery $200 Grand. Kimmel won the inaugural then-NASCAR Winston West Series race in 2001, and then an ARCA RE/MAX Series race one year later. Erin Crocker finished second and Brad Coleman finished third.
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