02/15/00 Volume One:
The Road to Daytona

"We're on our way down to Daytona International Speedway for what is going to be a historic day for the truck series. We've never raced here before,
and everybody knows that this is THE place to race and win.

Things went pretty well for us in the off season. Our testing program went very well, with the team clocking some of the fastest times yet. We drew some attention to ourselves, both from our competitors, and from sponsors.

We finished 15th last year, and while that was obviously not as good as we hoped, it was good from the standpoint of building the team. As a group we started to gel at the end of the season, and now it looks like the hard work is starting to pay off.

I really think we have a superior aerodynamic package. We were able to spend some time with Chevrolet at the wind tunnel in Detroit working on the body. We went to Talladega with the rest of the Chevrolet teams and were one of the fastest trucks there as well.

From this point on, we're going to have to keep focused on what we're doing and take the season one race at a time. The Daytona race is going to be the highlight of my career to this point, and we will be driving first to finish, then to finish first. Wish us luck!"

Daytona Positioning Update:

After posting some of the fastest speeds in practice for Daytona, including the fifth-best lap of 187.207 mph, Terry's transmission broke on the #88 Silverado during the warm-up lap. Terry had to rely on a provisional starting position to make the field for this Friday's race. He will be starting in 32nd position.

Let's cheer Terry and the SealMaster Racing Team on as they seek to win the first NASCAR Craftsman Truck race of the year at the Daytona 250 on February 18, 2000.



About the Diary

Terry Cook and the #88 SealMaster Racing Truck team are gearing up for the 2000 season. Finishing a strong 15th in points in 1999, Terry is excited to be sharing his thoughts with PickupTruck.Com. Their season ended on a strong note last year, and they have a lot to look forward to in 2000.

In this Internet exclusive, Terry will share with you some insight into being a driver in the competitive arena of NASCAR. He will review his previous race, and will share with you some thoughts on his preparation for the next race. Race fans will get a viewpoint not normally seen from any professional driver.

Diary Segments

Terry Cook's Biography
Volume I - Road to Daytona
Volume II - Daytona 250
Volume III - Florida Dodge Dealers 400
Volume IV - The Mini-Vacation
Volume V - Chevy Trucks 150
Volume VI - Dodge California Truck Stop 250
Volume VII - Napa 250
Volume VIII - Line-X 225K
Volume IX - Ram Tough 200
Volume X - Memphis 200
Volume XI - Grainger.com 200
Volume XII - Sears 200
Volume XIII - DieHard 200
Volume XIV - Silverado 200