MENARDS 200 presented by Federated Car Care at TOLEDO SPEEDWAY: The ARCA Series returns to its home base this weekend at Toledo Speedway. Over the years Praytor has had a love hate relationship with the big half mile in Ohio. “I love racing there but there are times I don’t think the track like me very much.” Several year ago the Alabama native tried to knock the turn 3 wall down destroying a lot of foam in what the team calls Foamageddon.
LINK TO FOAMAGGEDON: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgA7CiOaDVY
This year the team is coming off a fantastic outing at Talladega that shot the Moose in to the top 10 in the ARCA standings for the first time this season. “We had a lot of fun at Talladega a lot of friends, family and sponsors always good to run up front in Alabama.”
MEET THE MOOSE: The Moose will be meeting fans and signing autographs Sunday May 21st on the front stretch from Noon – 1:00PM CST at Toledo Speedway.
MOOSE STILL HEALING: Praytor burned his right heal with a 2nd degree burn in Salem. The 4” x 2” blister is down to a 1”x2” but is still causing a limp still.
The Menards 200 is a 3 day event at Toledo Speedway with Rig Parking Friday night followed by technical inspection, practice and General Tire Pole Qualifying on Saturday with the Menards 200 kicking off at 1:00PM CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCARacing.com. The race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at 4PM CST.
PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves www.dklokusa.com
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Rettigs Auto Body, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, John Thompson & Associates, Judy’s Place, Greer’s Food Market, AQUASALT, Wade Distributing, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Omni Fitness, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Praytor Realty
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 10th
CAR: Roush Chassis #461,”Black Betty”-Black Betty has been the team’s short track stalwart and was the 2nd car the team purchased. Praytor drove the Moose to his career best ARCA finish of 7th at the ARCA Mobile 200 and was utilized in Salem earlier this year.* Praytor’s DK-LOK Ford is powered by Roush Yates Ford Motors
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: Toledo is a lot like Mobile International Speedway, a big half mile, wide and very fast. Tires are important but not like at Salem Speedway a few weeks ago. The turn 1 bleachers are actually part of the upper deck from Michigan International Speedway and are usually packed.
.5 Mile Paved Oval, with 12 and 13 degree banking with 4 degree straight
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THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: Praytor made his first Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) start in the inaugural ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway in 2012. In his first season he saw action with Andy Belmont Racing and Venturini Motorsports. Mobile, Alabama’s Max Force Racing teamed with Hixson Motorsports in 2013 & 2014, the pairing finished 9th and 7th in the ARCA Series Championship standings respectively. In 2015 Praytor and his family owned Max Force Racing team struck out on their own from Mobile, Alabama earning another top 10 in the Championship standings coming in 8th. 2016 was a break out season for the Moose garnering his first top 5 finish in the Championship Standings. ARCA awarded Praytor the H.G. Adcox Sportsmanship Award in 2013.
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 5 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. During the week Thomas becomes Professor Praytor teaching and testing CDL students at Bishop State College. For more on the Moose- www.thomaspraytor.com.
MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama and is fielding cars in its 20th season of competition.
Picture: Praytor signing autographs on the front stretch at Toledo in 2016.