Moose & Bubba Ready to Go Again at DuQuoin

Max Force Racing

Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fair: The ARCA Series returns to dirt on Labor Day with the Moose and Bubba ready for action! “Going into Springfield we thought we had a good car but you never really know until you make a few laps with our DK-LOK Ford, “Bubba”. Bubba was better than we could hope for and we had a really solid run all day long,“ said Praytor. “We’ve been working with Bubba back at the shop trying to attack the areas we need help in getting ready for DuQuoin and for the first time I’m really looking forward to the dirt.”

Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care is a 1 day event with technical inspection, practice and Menards Pole Qualifying and the Green Flag on Monday at 1:30 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com.

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 both events. DuQuoin’s dirt is different than Springfields and the track race differently. Like Springfield the driver that slides that best at the end of the race will have a good day if they can keep up with an ever changing track surface. Tires will not be critical unless the old dirt gets hard and a has solid rubber base on top.

Illinois State Fair Ground Track Specs:
1 mile dirt-flat
The green inner ring on the aerial photo looks like grass but its actually water. Make a wrong step at the end of pit road and you’ll be in the lake!

PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves www.dklokusa.com

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Cockrell’s Body Shop, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, John Thompson & Associates, Greer’s Food Market, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Golden Flake, Ashley Rowe Photography, Ed’s Seafood Shed, Walkers Frame & Body, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Mobile Lumber & Millwork, Praytor Realty

ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 8TH

CAR: Chassis #BUBBA, BUBBA is a former Kimmel car with a dirt pedigree that Team DK-LOK used for the first time in Springfield. DuQuoin will be the second outing for BUBBA.

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 wheeled his DK-LOK Team up to 7th in the ARCA Championship Standings in 2014. The Moose finished 9th in the Championship standings in 2013 while collecting the AG Adcox Sportsmanship Award in his Rookie Season. 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 2 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 18th season of competition. 2015 will be Max Force’s first year as a stand alone ARCA team and 3rd year of ARCA competition

Picture – DK-LOK Ford “Bubba” sliding into to turn 1 at Springfield.