Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway: Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team have already collected more DNFs in the first 2 races of 2017 than they have the last 2 seasons combined. “It’s frustrating for team that is known for going the distance but we have had very competitive race cars in the first 2 races.” Salem is the perfect place for Praytor needing a solid finish, Praytor has more starts at Salem than any other track on the tour. “Really like Salem, old wore out place, bad fast, taking Black Betty, looking forward to it.” This weekend will be Praytor’s first weekend as ARCA’s Active Ironman,”I just really can’t thank everyone enough that has gotten me to this point from my family and friends to all of our sponsors to the other crews at the racetrack, I wouldn’t get to continue this dream without them.”
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 is a 2 day, double header including the Great American Stocks racing before the Kentuckiana Ford 200 on Sunday April 30th. Follow the Moose throughout the weekends hour and a half practice session and qualifying on Saturday, with the green flag flying at 1:15 PM CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com. The race will be broadcast tape delayed on MAV TV on May 20th 8PM CST. Also, you can follow us on social media, Twitter (@DKLOKRacing), Instagram (Thomas Praytor), and Facebook (DK-LOK Racing) for live trackside updates from our PR team.
MEET THE MOOSE: Fans will get to meet The Moose Sunday, on the front stretch from 11:30 to 12:30 prior to the race.
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, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Omni Fitness, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Praytor Realty
CAR: Roush Chassis #461,”Black Betty”-Black Betty has been the team’s short track stalwart and was one the 2nd car the team purchased. Praytor drove the Moose to his career best ARCA finish of 7th at the ARCA Mobile 200. Praytor’s DK-LOK Ford is powered by Roush Yates Ford Motors.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: The fans in the stands are in for a ride as Salem is like no other track in the circuit. The name of the game this week is going to be tire conservation. You will hear our spotter Tommy Praytor say “Conserve, Conserve, Conserve” a hundred times before the race is complete. Although, as the race dwindles down, all bets are off for Victory Lane!
The SALEM SPEEDWAY:
.555 Mile Paved Oval
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.
MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama and is fielding cars in its 20th season of competition.
Picture: DK-LOK Ford on track during 2016 Kentuckian a Ford Dealers 200.