The Music City 200 presented by Azure Foundation has become one of Thomas “Moose” Praytor’s favorite on the ARCA Tour. Classic short track action mixed with a big field of high octane competitors make for great racing. The 2017 installment was anything but to the DK-LOK team and worse to the Chassis chosen for the assignment, RK-500.
The day began in usual fashion with the team working hard on finding the right balance on the DK-LOK Ford. With a long list of changes during the hour and a half practice session the Moose qualified 18th placing the legacy motor ahead of some of the new Ilmor engines.
With the drop of the green flag the Moose and his DK-LOK Ford resembled a salmon swimming up stream versus a man on the move. In the first few laps of tight racing Praytor picked off the cars in front of him but he was in the middle of a pack moving forward and one of the cars took off his right rear quarter panel puncturing the tire.
A small hole turned into big handling problems and the Moose started to fall back, the hole gave way to a blow out and he was in for wild sideways ride before getting under control. The spotter had him stay on track looking for a caution that finally came costing the team valuable track position early.
Three laps down Praytor started racing hard to put the DK-LOK Ford in position for the lucky dog. Three laps turned to two, two to one and the caution needed to put the team on the lead lap ended the night. Two car got together off of turn 4 blocking the track in front of Praytor and the Fusion T-Bone one of the cars destroying the radiator in Praytor’s Ford.
“We had a decent DK-LOK Ford just a bad night on the race track. The guys worked hard in practice and really improved our race car and we had a solid qualifying effort taking out some of the Ilmors. It’s amazing how much this track has changed since last year. I don’t think we have the balance where we need it yet on our cars and we’ll keep working on it. Looks like we’ll bring back Black Betty to Salem, another great short track car. We had a lot of local support up from Alabama this weekend really appreciate everyone being there.”
A few weeks off before the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway April 30th on MAVTV.