February 26, 1968 |
1989 Flat Rock Speedway Track Champion
1990 Flat Rock Speedway Track Champion
1992 Toledo Speedway Track Champion
1995 Sandusky Speedway Track ChampionMost consecutive Camping World Truck Series starts (298)
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|3 race(s) run over 1 year(s)|
|First race||2010 Food City 500 (Bristol)|
|Last race||2010 Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 (Richmond)|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|27 race(s) run over 2 year(s)|
|Best finish||54th - 2009|
|First race||2008 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 (Darlington)|
|Last race||2009 Ford 300 (Homestead)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|314 race(s) run over 14 year(s)|
|Best finish||7th - 2001|
|First race||1996 Sears Auto Center 200 (Milwaukee)|
|Last race||2009 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)|
|First win||1998 Stevens Bell / Genuine Car Parts 200 (Flemington)|
|Last win||2006 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)|
|Statistics current as of February 3, 2012.|
Terry Cook (born February 26, 1968 in Sylvania, Ohio) is an American former stock car driver. He is married to former Craftsman Truck pit reporter Amy East, and brother-in-law to driver Bobby East. He is currently the competition director for Red Horse Racing.
Cook began racing on a professional level in 1987 at Flat Rock Speedway and Toledo Speedway, collecting eleven wins in his first year of competition. Cook doubled his win total in 1988 before he moved up to super late models. He won the track championship in 1989 and 1990 at Flat Rock Speedway. Cook then went on to win the Super Late Model Championship at Toledo Speedway in 1992 and again at Sandusky Speedway in 1995.
In 1996, Cook made his NASCAR Truck Series debut at The Milwaukee Mile. Qualifying the #88 Sealmaster Racing Chevrolet Silverado 24th, he finished 24th, three laps down. He ran two additional races that season for Sealmaster, finishing 23rd at Phoenix International Raceway. In 1997, Cook ran fifteen races during the season, with sponsorship from the PBA Tour. He won his first career pole at Flemington Speedway and posted a best finish of fifteenth twice.
Cook ran the full schedule in 1998. He won his first career racea at Flemington and had six top-ten finishes, ending the season 20th in the final points. Due to a lack of primary sponsorship in 1999, Cook only posted three top-ten finishes before Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce came on board towards the end of the season, when he finished fifteenth in the standings. In 2000, PickupTruck.com became the team's primary sponsor, and despite seven top-tens, Cook was released with one race to go for Matt Crafton. He drove for K Automotive Racing at the season finale, finishing seventh. He drove K Automotive's #29 Ford F-150 full-time in 2001, winning the pole at Nazareth Speedway and finishing a career-high seventh in points.
In 2002, Cook won a career best four races and two poles, but dropped to eighth in points. He won an additional two poles in 2003, but did not finish in the top-five all season. He joined ppc Racing's fledging truck team in 2004. Despite winning the pole at the season-opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250, he dropped to sixteenth in the standings. He moved up one spot in points in 2005 after posting two top-fives.
In 2006, Cook grabbed a win at Kansas Speedway and finished eighth in points. With no sponsorship at ppc, he left the team after the 2006 season to replace Chad Chaffin at HT Motorsports. He had four top tens and finished fourteenth in points, but was released at the end of the season. He signed to drive for Wyler Racing in 2008 and had an additional seven top-tens but was released before the season was over in favor of Jack Sprague. He immediately rejoined HT Motorsports for the remainder of the season. At the end of 2008, HT renumbered his truck to the #25, and Cajun Industries and Harris Trucking shared sponsorship duties of the truck. With two races to go in the season, Cook was released from HT. He drove the next race in the #02 Koma Unwind Chevy for Corrie Stott Racing, but was unable to find a ride for the season-ending Ford 200, ending a streak of 296 consecutive races started in the Truck Series.
He was signed to drive for a new team in the Sprint Cup Series in the #46 Dodge for Whitney Motorsports for 2010. The cars are former Petty Enterprises Dodges. The team failed to make the first four races of 2010. Cook made 3 starts in the #46 while failing to qualify for 7 races. Cook parted ways with Whitney Motorsports after Richmond. He attempted one race with Phoenix Racing but failed. Afterwards, Cook quit driving and became a coach for then rookie Justin Lofton. He was later hired by Red Horse Racing to be their competition director.
In 2008, Cook ran 7 Nationwide races with MSRP Motorsports. In 2009, Cook ran 20 Nationwide races with MSRP, and failed to qualify for another 3 races. All of Cook's Nationwide starts were Stark and Parks.
Currently, Cook is reportedly very happy in his new role as Red Horse Racing's competition director, and the team has had improved results with his guidance as well. Although no longer an active driver, Cook remains a popular figure in the garage area and among fans.