Horses to Horsepower Springfield Dirt Next for Moose

Thomas Praytor at Springfield 2017

Herr’s Potato Chip 100 at the ILLINOIS STATE FAIR: Sunday marks the final day of the 2017 Illinois State Fair with a big double header, the ARCA Series taking to the dirt followed by John Mellencamp. The rumbling sound of horsepower will get the day started when 30, 700 horsepower ARCA cars start slinging dirt around the 1 mile horse track for 100 laps. “The fairs are some of the coolest place we go, the Ferris wheel hanging over turn 1 reminds you you’re at Springfield. We’ve been getting better on the dirt every year, had a couple of top 10s last year. We’ve learned a lot about “Betty” this year and we are going to keep taking her to all the tracks we can. Taking our best car last year paid off for us. If we can just keep Dad out of the Moinkballs at the fair we’ll have a good day.”

MEET THE MOOSE: The Moose will be signing autograph and meeting fans on the front stretch Sunday at 12:30 CST.

Herr’s Potato Chip 100 is a 1 day event with technical inspection, practice and General Tire Pole Qualifying and the Green Flag on Sunday at 1:30 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on live. The race will be broadcast live on MAVTV.


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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 six times in 2017, Salem, Toledo, Madison, Iowa, LOR, Winchester & Elko.

What to look for this weekend: Springfield and DuQuoin are the superspeedways of dirt and dirt racing fans come from miles around to take in this event held in the middle of the Illinois State Fair with tens of thousands of people in attendance. The driver that slides the best at the end of the race will have a good day if they can keep up with an ever changing track surface.

Ilinois State Fair Ground Track Specs:
1 mile dirt-normally a horse track

Springfield ARCA Racing

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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-