Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at LUCAS OIL RACEWAY (Indianapolis): Friday starts a busy weekend for Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team with racing in Indianapolis on Friday night and Charity Softball back in Mobile on Saturday afternoon. “We have a big weekend starting with Indy. Really cool racing under the light at LOR. I can remember coming here with Rick Crawford, it was always a good track for him and it has been for us too. I love a place where the driver has a lot of input on his race car.” After the race on Friday night Praytor will bring the hauler back to Mobile to take part in a fundraiser at the Hank. “I haven’t touched a bat in 15 years but I’m still looking to take my old teammate (AJ McCarron) deep Saturday afternoon.” Praytor, McCarron and Jon Lieber join an all-star cast lineup to raise money for Buddy Ball.
Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 is a one day event with technical inspection, practice, General Tire Pole Qualifying followed by the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 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 Fox Sports 1.
Channel Listing for FOX Sports 1: DIRECTV CH- 219, Mediacom CH- 53, COMCAST CH- 49/241 HD, AT&TU-Verse CH- 652, Dish TV 150.
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 #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 five times in 2017, Salem, Toledo, Madison, Iowa & Elko.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: There is a lot of driver input at LOR much like Iowa. Lots of different ways to get around and the cars really launch off of turn 4 using the high groove. Handling will be at a premium this weekend.
Lucas Oil Raceway: 0.686 Miles of Asphalt, with 12 degree banking
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.