ARCA Opens NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Tonight

Max Force Racing 20th Anniversary

SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway: Chicagoland Speedway is known for close racing (above) with really fast race cars. After a disappointing race at Salem the Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team are looking for a solid effort in the Windy City. “With only 2 days in Mobile we’ve worked really hard on turning around Black Betty for Chicago. We only have 3 more races we can use the 105” cars and Betty has been really good to me, so I’m going to try and run her out!” Praytor his making his 5th start at Chicago and his experience working the grooves could pay dividends as the night goes on.

The SCOTT 150 is a 1 day event with technical inspection, practice, General Tire Pole Qualifying and the GreenFlag on Thursday at 7:00 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com. Live TV Coverage on Fox Sports 1. Channels in n Mobile Comcast/Xfinity 77, Mediacom 179, Direct TV 618, Dish 397, AT&T Uverse 651.

WATCH THE MAVTV BROADCAST OF DUQUOIN ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 9:00 CST.

PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves dklokusa.com

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Rettigs Auto Body, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, MAECO Fabrication, 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: 7th

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 car to his career best ARCA finish of 7th at the ARCA Mobile 200 and Betty has been utilized seven times in 2017, Salem, Toledo, Madison, Iowa, LOR, Winchester, Road America, Salem & Elko. Betty is a 105” car and this is her last year for ARCA competition, Praytor is attempting to finish the season with his favorite car.

What to look for this weekend: Chicagoland Speedway is wicked fast and will reach out and wreck competitors if they let their guard down. Handling will take a premium over air this weekend but air will still be part of the equation. How the cars handle the air or better known as aero will always be present at Chicagoland. When cars get behind each other they can become “aero tight” or won’t turn. You will also see cars gain ground on the car in front of them and then be unable to pass because the air off the car in front slows them down. When cars are side by side it can take the air off the car on the inside and cause the car to spin.

Chicagoland Speedway Track Specs:

Chicagoland Speedway

Speedway: 1.5 mile D-shaped tri-oval

Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: front stretch 11 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
Backstretch Length: 1,800 feet Frontstretch Length: 2,322 feet

DK-LOK USA: Founded in 1986, DK-LOK Fittings and Valves supply industrial applications from analytical and process instrumentation, gas, power generation, petrochemical processing, ship building to semiconductor manufacturing. DK-LOK tube fittings, instrument pipe & weld fittings, and valves are manufactured to stringent industry standards. With the use of only the highest grade raw material and 1/1000″ tolerance control on each and every part, DK-LOK assures a leak-tight seal in all process, power, and instrumentation applications. DK-LOK USA is a Mobile, Alabama based firm operating nationally and internationally.

THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: Praytor, the current Ironman of the Series made his 100th ARCA start at Road America in 2017 in a string that went all the way back to his first 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.