02/20/00 Volume Two:
Race 1 -
Daytona 250
Qualified 32nd Finished 4th


NASCAR drivers know perfectly well how this sport comes with its share of highs and lows. When things go well, they go really well, and when they
go bad, it seems like the end of the world. The team was anxious to get the first race out of the way, and as previously mentioned, we had good reason to be excited about racing at Daytona.

The week started last Monday, when we signed in and went through the initial tech inspection. A couple of things brought out the butterflies... the fact we were actually racing at Daytona, and knowing we had a very fast truck. Tech went okay, so it was off to practice, then qualifying.

On Tuesday, we again had one of the fastest trucks in practice. Our time came up 16th best, but that was without the benefit of drafting partners. The aero guys gave us a real good package for this race, so good in fact, that this truck could sniff a draft off a seagull. We put our qualifying and race engine in on Wednesday, and found our times among the fastest on the track. I guess you could say that this is when we were on one of the "high points" of the weekend.

Because of fog Wednesday morning, the day's itinerary got off to a late start. The Busch guys were supposed to qualify ahead of us, pushing the truck qualifying into the early evening. By the time the trucks got out we were under the lights at Daytona, which as a driver is a pretty cool experience. We drew the 18th qualifying slot, which is okay, but we would have preferred to be one of the last guys out. The farther down you are in the qualifying order, the cooler the track is, and the more rubber there is already down for you.

"...you never know what to expect when the green flag drops."

When it came to be our time, I headed out of pit lane, and was beginning to build up speed. As I left turn two, I suddenly felt something tighten up in the rear of the truck. At first I thought it was the motor, so I pushed in the clutch and revved the engine. The motor was fine, so I put it back in fourth gear and mashed the gas pedal. The truck still wouldn't get up to speed, and I started hearing metal grinding. As it turned out, I blew a rear gear, scratching my qualification run. Needless to say, this is when a team starts to see a "low point" coming on. We were fortunate to be able to use a team provisional, putting us back to 32nd in the starting line up. The team remained optimistic, but with a lot of unknown drivers in front of us, you never know what to expect when the green flag drops.

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Daytona 250
Race Results

1. Mike
Wallace
Team ASE
2. Kurt
Busch
Exide
Batteries
3. Andy
Houston
CAT Rental Stores
4. Terry
Cook
Sealmaster Racing
5. Kenny
Martin
Premiere
Truck Parts
6. Randy
McDonald
McDonald Motorsports
7. Rick
Carelli
Carlin Burners and Controls
8. Dennis
Setzer
Mopar Performance
9. Donnie
Neuenbeger
Ebay.com
10. Steve
Grissom
Dodge Motorsports
11. Greg
Biffle
Grainger
12. Mike
Cope
Royal Crown
Cola
13. Carlos
Contreras
Hot Wheels
14. Rich
Woodland
Woodland
Racing
15. Randy
Tolsma
Supergard
Motor Oil
16. Ryan
McGlynn
Howes
Lubricator
17. Ron
Barfield
RDR Racing
18. Marty
Houston
Spears
Mfgr.
19. Joe
Ruttman
DANA
20. Jamie
McMurray
Mittler Tool
21. John
Young
Design - Lighting.com
22. Lyndon
Amick
Penda Truck Access
23. Rob
Morgan
Acxiom
24. Geoffrey
Bodine
Line-X
25. Lonnie
Rush
Hastings
Prem Filters
26. Lance
Norick
Aventis
Berhing
27. B.A.
Wilson
Sonntag
Redi-mix
28. Jimmy
Kitchens
McCray
Racing
29. Jimmy
Hensley
Silervado /
Lance Snacks
30. Bobby
Hamilton
DANA
31. Randy
Renfrow
Farris
Concrete
32. Morgan
Shepherd
Conely
Racing
33. Jack
Sprague
GMAC
34. Rick
Crawford
Milwaukee
Elec. Tools
35. Bryan
Reffner
Johns
Manville
36. David
Starr
Unified
Office Ntwk.

NASCAR Standings

Coming Soon

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

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