Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Speedway, Marne Michigan: While the ARCA Series will be putting on some classic short track action at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, the NFL will induct its 2016 class in to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This year’s class will include longtime friend and sponsor Ken Stabler. “We’ve tried to figure every way we can to be in 2 places at one time and it just isn’t going to happen,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. “Mr. Kenny (Stabler) was such a big part of our race team I wish we could be there with Mrs. Kim and the Stabler family to celebrate his life and career.”
Stabler’s long wait to join the Hall of Fame will come to an end when he is introduced by long time coach John Madden. “In the big games he was big; in the tough games he was tough,” said Madden about Stabler. “The hot games, when it really got heated, he was the coolest guy on the field. That’s why he played in so many big games, and won so many big games right here, because when you need a play, ‘Snake’ always made the play. I always said, if I had one quarterback that I had to play in a game, to make a drive the length of the field at the end of the game, to win that game, that guy would be Ken Stabler, number 12, The Snake.”
The normal DK-LOK hood will be replaced with a replica Stabler jersey with NFL Hall of Fame at the bottom. “It’s one of the biggest injustices in sports that Kenny has not been put in the Hall of Fame before now,” said team owner Tommy Praytor. “Kenny was so full of life, so inquisitive we tried hard to get him to drive a race car but I think he was scared he would like it too much. Really miss Kenny, wish we could be there but I’m sure Raider Nation will give him a raucous welcome!”
Berlin ARCA 200 is a 2 day event with unloading on Friday and technical inspection, practice, Menards Pole Qualifying with the Green Flag on Saturday at 8:00 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com. Live TV Coverage on American Sports Network and americansportsnetwork.com
MEET THE MOOSE: The Moose will be signing autographs and meeting fans before the race on the Front Stretch at 6:30 CST.
What to look for this weekend: Berlin Raceway is the smallest track on the tour with a unique design, complete contrast of Pocono last weekend. You have to hop a drainage grate in turn 4 to get around and the guy who can do it the best will be strong. Chase Briscoe is going for 5 wins in a row this weekend.
Berlin Raceway Track Specs:
.4375 Mile oval with no back stretch wall
PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves www.dklokusa.com
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Advanced Collision, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, John Thompson & Associates, Judy’s Place, Greer’s Food Market, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, The FEVER Brand and Praytor Realty.
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 6th
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. 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- www.maxforceracing.com