SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway: Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his team are keeping the pressure on trying to move deeper into the top 5 with a new car for the final three races, “Black Betty”. Along with a new car Project Semi Colon is returning for the Scott 150. “We’ve been building momentum all year and with the successes we’ve had over the last few months everything is starting to snowball in our favor and instead of coasting to the finish we are wide open,” offered Praytor. “We’ve been working on Black Betty all season in the shop and the boss said it was time to get her to the race track. With only 48 hours in Mobile after Salem we’ve been humping to get it done. Project Semi Colon is returning for Chicago, such a great organization really glad to have them with us again. Plus we hope to have more news next week for the last 2 races.”
The SCOTT 150 is a 1 day event with technical inspection, practice, Menards 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 2. Channels in n Mobile Comcast/Xfinity 77, Mediacom 179, Direct TV 618, Dish 397, AT&T Uverse 651.
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 5TH
CAR: Chassis #RK461 “Black Betty” Betty started as a short track car a few years ago and has had a new complete downforce body installed. She is making her first start of 2016. The car was originally all black and was named Black Betty for the song, “way down from Alabam”.
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:
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
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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: Black Betty in shop ready to go.