02/27/00 Volume Three:
Race 2 -
Florida Dodge Dealers 400
Qualified 13th Finished 8th

Our 4th place finish at Daytona gave the team a whole new attitude. We know we can compete, and we know we can win, and we know we can do it on a consistent basis. The Daytona 250 ended, and the team met for their traditional debriefing. Needless to say, the tone of the meeting was a bit more "upbeat" than in past races. Each member of the team had good reason to be proud, because we almost won the race DESPITE having an injured truck.

I had the pleasure of staying at the track through Sunday, and I was able to watch the Busch race and the Daytona 500. The racing was great, and from the roof of our motor coach, I had the best seat in the house. When I left the track, I took a quick field trip down to Cape Canaveral, where I got to watch the Space Shuttle land. (And I thought WE needed good brakes!).

"Our Homestead truck was untested and unproven. I had not even sat in the truck until the first practice on Friday morning."

Continuing my trip south, I arrived in the Miami area midweek, so I parked the motor coach and took off for a quick excursion to the keys. You never realize how "un-tan" you are until you take your shirt off in the South Florida sunshine for the first time. After getting a little sunburn, I headed back to Homestead with a relaxed smile and a fresh supply of Solarcaine. Driver check-in was Thursday, and the first practice was Friday.

We unloaded a brand new truck for Homestead. The Daytona truck was packed up, driven to our home shop in Sandusky, Ohio, then a new truck was put on the hauler for the long trip back to Florida. (Hats off to our crew on the hauler!). Our Homestead truck was untested and unproven. I had not even sat in the truck until the first practice on Friday morning. This truck was built with a "drop snout", meaning the control arm pivot points are lower than normal. With a drop snout, you have a more aggressive setup that allows the truck to turn better in the corners.

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Florida Dodge
Dealers 400
Race Results

Pos Name Sponsor
1 Andy Houston CAT Rental
Store
2 Mike
Wallace
Team
ASE
3 Jack Sprague GMAC Fin. Services
4 Joe
Ruttman
Dana
5 Greg
Biffle
Grainger
6 Randy Tolsma Supergard
Motor Oil
7 Rick Crawford Milwaukee
Elec. Tool
8 Terry
Cook
Transmission
Tech Corp.
9 Kurt
Busch
Exide
Batteries
10 Marty Houston Spears
Mfgr.
11 Steve Grissom Dodge
Motorsports
12 Jimmy Hensley Team Rensi
13 Barry
Bodine
Line-X
14 Brad
Bennett
REYBEN
Racing
15 Mike
Cope
RC Cola
16 Lonnie
Rush
Hastings
Filters
17 Morgan Shepherd Special
Projects Inc.
18 Lance Hooper D Burrows Trucking
19 B.A.
Wilson
Sonntag
Redi-Mix
20 Randy MacDonald Velocity Powerboats
21 Michael Dokken Sprayer Parts Depot
22 Jamie McMurray Mittler
Tool
23 John
Young
Brevak
Racing
24 Ryan McGlynn Howes
Lubricator
25 Randy Renfrow Farris
Concrete
26 Tommy
Croft
Rowland
Racing
27 Wayne Edwards World
BestBuy.com
28 Matt
Mullins
Elcon
/ Lumber
29 Kenny
Martin
Premier
Truck Parts
30 Bryan Reffner Johns
Manville
31 Lance
Norick
Aventis
Behring
32 Dennis Setzer Mopar
Parts
33 Carlos Contreras Hot Wheels
34 Rick
Carelli
Carlin Burners
& Controls
35 Rob
Morgan
Acxiom
36 Kenny
Allen
Rosenblum
Racing

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

Volume III Pages:
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