MENARDS 200 presented by Federated Car Care at TOLEDO SPEEDWAY: After a great run at Talladega, Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team are hoping the positive momentum will carry them through what has been a stumbling block the last few seasons, Toledo Speedway. “The media has even picked up on our problems at Toledo. Two years ago I knocked down the wall and the styrofoam in turn 3 (see pic) and last year I tried to knock the wall down in turn 1 and didn’t even make the styrofoam!” said Praytor.
LINK TO FOAMAGGEDON: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgA7CiOaDVY
“Even with all of our bad luck I really like Toledo Speedway, its laid out for me as a driver.” To give the Moose the best possible shot at shaking the Toledo Blues the team is taking their best short track car, “Carlos” to Toledo. “We’ve really been bringing better DK-LOK Fords to the track all year long and for the first time we are actually working ahead in the shop. Last year at this time we were out of cars and had to buy one, this year we have 3 ready and we are working on the Pocono back up.”
MEET THE MOOSE: The Moose will be meeting fans and signing autographs Sunday May 22nd on the front stretch from Noon – 1:00PM at Toledo Speedway.
The Menards 200 is a 3 day event at Toledo Speedway with Rig Parking Friday night followed by technical inspection, practice and Ansell 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 live on the American Sports Network in the Mobile Area you can stream the broadcast at www.americansportsnet.com.
PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves www.dklokusa.com
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Advanced Collision, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, John Thompson & Associates, Judy’s Place, Home Mortgage of America, Greer’s Food Market, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, The FEVER Brand and Praytor Realty
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 8th
CAR: Roush Chassis #500 “Carlos”-Chassis 500 was acquired from Lira Motorsports is named for Carlos Lira. Carlos is Praytor’s favorite short track car and has already been used this season at Nashville and Salem. Praytor’s DK-LOK Ford is powered by Roush Yates Ford Motors.
.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: 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 4 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.