Pit Strategy Nets Team DK-LOK Top 20 at Pocono

Max Force Racing at Pocono

After a short race in New Jersey and even shorter turnaround for testing at Pocono Raceway, Team DK-LOK and the Moose, Thomas Praytor were headed back to the one of their favorite tracks on the tour.

Testing on Tuesday for the General Tire #anywhereispossible 200 was not a complete disaster but it was close. The motor in the car being tested for Chris Bailey Jr. blew up and had to be replaced. The team spent all day trying to make the Moose’s DK-LOK Ford turn but that wasn’t happening either.

During Thursdays practice the Moose’s DK-LOK Ford blew its motor, making us 2 for 2 on motors for the week. “Really proud of my team, we overcame a lot of adversity last week. Couldn’t have done it without Dick Doheny’s help,” said Praytor.

The DK-LOK Ford was supposed to roll off 24th but because of the motor change would have to take up the tail end of the 36 car field filled with NASCAR teams and drivers.

The team made another set of changes to the DK-LOK Ford and took up shotgun on the field. With the drop of the green flag the Moose was rumbling and had his DK-LOK Ford up from 36th to 17th in the first 7 laps.

“After days of struggling to make our DK-LOK Ford turn we finally hit on some things and she was moving.”

Under caution on lap 27 Praytor brought his DK-LOK Ford to pit road for 4 fresh General Tires and a load of Sunoco Fuel. The team made a great stop and sent the Moose back out staying on the lead lap.

With a short green flag run and a caution at lap 34 the calculators were burning up on pit road figuring fuel mileage. “The Boss said we could make it and I think he was the only one that thought we could so we went for it.”

Back under green Praytor was doing something he had never done in his racing career, conserve fuel. “It was really weird not going all out but about 90%. Our spotter, Tab Boyd, was calling out lap times to make sure we stayed close to pace and we kept digging.”

Lap after lap competitors came to pit road for fuel, then as the race wound down they started to run out of fuel. The DK-LOK Ford kept perking.

“I was sweating every lap just waiting for the fuel pressure to flutter. Coming off the tunnel turn on the last lap it finally fluttered, I wiggled it for a little more juice and then she finally gave out.”

While the DK-LOK Ford was now out of gas the strategy paid off with Praytor being the last car on the track that was still racing, the dead stick Ford coasted around the final turn and across the stripe for a 20th place finish.

“Could have been the hardest we’ve ever worked for a 20th place finish but everything went our way today against a stout field of cars. Congratulations to Grant Enfinger on winning with the Holmes in the 23, always happy to make a trip to victory lane to congratulate Grant.”

Another short week for the DK-LOK Team in Mobile with the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan Speedway Friday, live on Fox Sports 1.

Picture: Crew Chief Adam Lowe being interviewed for a special video on arcaracing.com.