ModSpace 150 at POCONO RACEWAY: After a rough outing in the Spring Race at Pocono Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team are looking for better this Friday. “It was our first outing with an Ilmor at a down force track and we learned a lot but it was a long day. After Pocono we reworked all of our race cars and it’s been paying dividends at every track since. Looking forward to putting it all together Friday.” Praytor will be making his 10th start at Pocono this weekend. Praytor normally ranks first for starts at each track among active drivers but Pennsylvania native and ARCA veteran Bobby Gerhart will be making his 57th ARCA Pocono start this weekend. “One of my first big racing moments came with Mr. Bobby at Pocono. He got by me early in the race and we reeled him back in, I got to him and then I had to try and figure out how to pass him. I think 5 laps later I got him off of turn 3 going down the front stretch. I was like hell yea, I just passed Bobby Gerhart at Pocono!”
Back Home for Bair and Calabrese: Homecoming this weekend at Pocono Raceway for crew members Tevin Bair and Angelo Calabrese. Bair hails from Butler Pennsylvania just north of Pittsburgh. Calabrese’s home is Hazelton, Pennsylvania less than an hour form the track. This will be Calabrese last race for a while, wife Cheyenne, is expecting!
ModSpace 150 is a two day event with technical inspection on Thursday with practice, General Tire Pole Qualifying on Friday with ModSpace 150 kicking off at 3:00PM CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCARacing.com. The race will be broadcast on FS1 beginning at 4:00 CST. SET YOUR DVR
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 # RK306. 306 was created as a downforce car but became the teams workhorse in 2015 starting in 9 of 20 races. Last year it was raced at Pocono, Michigan and Iowa by the Moose, this year it has already been to Pocono & Michigan.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: Pocono is one of the fastest and hardest tracks to get around on the tour. The second race is shorter than the first and teams will use the same strategy as a road course. Expect for teams to pit for fuel as soon as they get in their fuel window between lap 20 and 30.
Pocono Raceway: The Tricky Triangle
Length 2.5 Miles
Banking: Turn 1: 14 degrees/ Turn 2: 8 degrees/ Turn 3: 6 degrees
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.