Montgomery Ward 200 at MADISON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: The 9 car scored a 9th place finish in Madison last year and Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team are looking forward to getting back to the half mile in Wisconsin. “Madison is the closest thing to my home track, Mobile International Speedway, that we go to all year. I had one of my very first ARCA starts here for Venturini Motorsports and I always like coming back.” While last year produced a top 10 it wasn’t easy. “My line didn’t go on the opening start and I crushed the nose in. We fought overheating all day but our guys kept opening up the nose to get the motor some air.”
SPECIAL STICKER: The DK-LOK Ford will carry a special sticker this weekend in honor of Amy Bluel. Amy’s Project SemiColon for suicide prevention was our primary sponsor last year in Madison. Amy left us way too soon in March of this year.
MEET THE MOOSE: Praytor will be meeting the fans and signing autographs on the front stretch at 6:30 CST.
The Montgomery Ward 200 is a one day event with technical inspection, practice, General Tire Pole Qualifying followed by the Montgomery Ward 200 green flag at 8:00 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCARacing.com. The race will be televised live on MAVTV.
PRIMARYSPONSOR: 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: 9th
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 three times in 2017, Salem, Toledo & Elko.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: Madison is a classic short track and expect classic short track action with plenty of pushing and shoving. The last few years this race has been run in the day and there has been heavy attrition. We’ll see if the night isn’t any better for the cars and the drivers.
Madison International Speedway:
Length: 0.5 Mile Paved Oval with 12 and 13 degree banking with 4 degree straight
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 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.