Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing at SALEM SPEEDWAY: The Fall Classic in Salem is always a big event on the ARCA Schedule. This year marks the 100th ARCA race at Salem, Bobby Allison is the Grand Marshall, teams are sporting throwback paint schemes and amidst the racing celebration one driver will walk away as the 100th Champion. “Our race team has really been on a roll these last few weeks and we are carrying a lot of momentum going into this weekend,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. We unveiled our Davey Allison 1984 Rookie of the Year car a couple of weeks ago and the response has been massive. Mr. Allison is going to be the Grand Marshall and I hope we can make him happy and proud.”
Meet the Moose: Fans will get a chance to meet Thomas on Friday night at Salem Speedway during the cook out at 7:00 and on Saturday night on the front stretch at 5:30PM prior to the race.
Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing : The 100th ARCA race at Salem is a 2 day event beginning on Friday with a hauler parade through downtown Salem. Following the parade, teams will unload at the track and take part in the cookout with a driver meet and greet starting at approximately 7:00 PM. On Saturday teams will get down to business with technical inspection, practice, and Menards Pole Qualifying. The Green Flag will drop at 7:00 CST. There will be live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race on ARCAracing.com. The race will be televised on American Sports Network. www.americansportsnet.com
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 5TH
CAR: Chassis #RK500 will return to Salem this weekend after 3 straight top 10s, Berlin, Springfield and DuQuoin. RK500 is the teams favorite short track car.
What to look for this weekend: The fans in stands are in for a ride as Salem is like no other track on the circuit. The name of the game is finding a way to get forward grip off the corners while conserving tires. If there is a long green flag run, tire conservation will be the tail of the tape. Expect conservation to go out the window because everyone wants to own the 100th trophy!
Salem Speedway Track Specs:
.555 mile asphalt
Banking-33 degrees in corners
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THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: In 2015 Praytor completed his third consecutive season in the top 10 in the ARCA Championship standings, 8th in 2015, 7th in 2014 and 9th in his rookie season including collecting the AG Adcox Sportsmanship Award. Praytor made his first ARCA start in the inaugural ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway in 2012. Prior to ARCA competition, the Moose started cutting his racing teeth at 8 years old on short tracks across the Southeast, racking up local and state titles along the way. The Moose and his Max Force Racing Team earned the Ironman Status of the Gulf Coast in 2011 for competing in every Late Model (Pro & Super) Race at Mobile International Speedway and Five Flags Speedway, finishing in the top 10 in the Championship standings at both tracks. Away from the track Praytor was one of AJ McCarron’s centers through grade school and high school winning a state title in 2007. For the last 3 years the duo have teamed up with a specially prepared McCarron replica racing helmet that Praytor wears then donates to the Alabama Institute of Deaf & Blind for their annual Race Fever auction. For more on the Moose- www.maxforceracing.com.
MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama and is fielding cars in its 19th season of competition. In Daytona the team successfully fielded 2 cars for the first time with veteran Brad Smith behind the wheel. While campaigning the Moose in the #9 full time, team will field the #23 for Holmes/GMS racing in select events this season.
Picture: Praytor’s 1984 Davey Allison ARCA throwback paint scheme.