Corrigan Oil 200 at MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: After a disappointing run in Pocono the team burned the midnight oil back at the shop in Mobile to get ready for Michigan. “Michigan is another big, fast track that gets your full attention when your turn down in to turn 1 at 200 miles per hour. We’ve had good runs there and we have worked really hard on improving our DK-LOK Ford after our learning weekend in Pocono.” Michigan has large area for the kids and Praytor beat Chase Briscoe in the tricycle race last year. “It was the only time I beat him all year but I still beat him!”
Fresh Grad Lowe Returns to Home State: In the short week between Pocono and Michigan Crew Chief Adam Lowe returned to UNOH to pick up his diploma. Lowe has made every race since joining the team in 2013, that’s 88 consecutive starts. Lowe moved to Mobile to join the Max Force team full time in April. Adam is pictured with his Grandmother (who should have cookies for the team this weekend). MIS is a big stop for the Lowes, with Adam hailing from around the corner in Chesterfield, Michigan.
The Corrigan Oil 200 is a two day event with technical inspection and practice on Thursday with General Tire Pole Qualifying on Friday with The Corrigan Oil 200 green flag at 5:00 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCARacing.com. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1, Channels in Mobile Comcast/Xfinity 49/241HD, Mediacom 52, Direct TV 219, Dish 150, AT&T Uverse 652
PRIMARY SPONSOR: 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 # RK306. 306 was created as a downforce car but became the teams workhorse in 2015 starting in 9 of 20 races. Last year it was at Pocono, Michigan and Iowa by the Moose. Praytor piloted #306 at Pocono Last weekend.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: Michigan is about horsepower and air. You need horses under the hood and a body to slip through the air and around other cars. Could become a fuel mileage race, watch fuel strategy starting early.
Michigan International Speedway:
Length: 2.0 Miles
Banking: Turns 18 degrees, Start/Finish 12 degrees, Backstretch 5 degrees
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.