Moose Swaps to Carlos for Springfield Dirt

Thomas Praytor at Springfield ARCA Racing

Central Illinois presented by Jive at the Illinois State Fair: Team DK-LOK is closing in on 5th place in the ARCA Championship standings and Thomas “Moose” Praytor has opted to use his favorite short track chassis “Carlos” this weekend at Springfield. “Normally we pull out “Bubba” for the dirt but we are putting all we have into breaking in to the top 5 in the Championship,” said Praytor. We have 3 more chassis ready in the shop in case we tear one up but we want to take our best piece every week to see if we can hang in the top 5.”

For 364 days of the year the track at the Illinois State Fair is reserved for horse racing but for 1 Sunday a year the ARCA Series presented by Menards turns 1 horsepower into 800! “I’m still getting a handle on the dirt but last year we had 2 really good efforts and we are looking for a little more this year.”

Central Illinois presented by Jive is a 1 day event with technical inspection, practice and Menards 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 TV on the American Sports Network or on

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. Tires will not be critical unless the old dirt gets hard building a rubber base on top.

Illinois State Fair Ground Track Specs:
1 mile dirt

Illinois State Fairgrounds ARCA Racing Series


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CAR: Roush Chassis #500 “Carlos” – Chassis 500 is named for Carlos Lira at Lira Motorsports where the car came from. Carlos is Praytor’s favorite short track car and is coming off an 8th place finish at Berlin Raceway. Praytor’s DK-LOK Ford is powered by Roush Yates Ford Motors.

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: In 2015 Praytor completed his third consecutive season in the top 10 in the ARCA Championship standings, 8th in 2015, 7th in 2014 and 9th in his rookie season including collecting the AG Adcox Sportsmanship Award. 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 3 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-