Thomas “Moose” Praytor started his ARCA career with his thumb out begging for a ride, flash forward and the Mobile, Alabama driver leads all active drivers in longevity heading in to this year’s banquet.
In 2017 Praytor started the season by taking over the ARCA Ironman Title, followed by celebrating 100 career ARCA starts at Road America, then 100 consecutive starts at Kentucky adding 1 more for good measure at the finale in Kansas for 101 starts in a row.
The young man begging for a ride 6 years ago has become a fixture.
“It’s hard to believe, Belmont and Venturini gave me a couple of opportunities to get their cars in the race and we really didn’t have a plan. We bought an old car from Belmont and decided to try and make Daytona. With Wayne Hixsons help that turned into Daytona, Mobile and Talladega, well we’re still here.”
Praytor is the only driver to have finished in the Championship top 10 in each of the last 5 seasons. While collecting top 10 Championship finishes Praytor has racked up 12,542 laps, more than double every other competitor in the top 10.
“The stats are incredible, I still think of myself as a driver at Mobile International Speedway. I think we’ve proved we belong, our next step in 2018 is to move our race team into a top 10 weekly finisher.”
No time for stats, 2018 is knocking on the door.
The ARCA Championship Banquet is Saturday night in Indianapolis.