Alabama’s Thomas “Moose” Praytor has been fortunate enough to race at Talladega for the last 5 seasons and each year rain or shine, tore up car or not his final stop is the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blinds (AIDB) Race Fever Auction at the Talladega Hall of Fame.
“People hear me say all the time we are all very lucky to be doing what we’re doing and we need to give back when we can. As an Alabama driver Talladega is a special place to me and I’ve been able to take part in Race Fever every time we’ve raced here,” offered Praytor.
As they have done in the past, Praytor and his high school teammate AJ McCarron contributed a McCarron Styled Racing Helmet to the auction. “G-Force Racing Gear gives us the helmet, our buddies at Advanced Collision painted it and Racing Electronics was nice enough to wire it up for us. The helmet we auction has just finished the race and I guess that’s the lucky part for me, so far I’ve been able to deliver that helmet to the auction.”
After a round with MRNs Postman Steve Post, Praytor signs autographs for the kids and the fans before returning to the stage to work with Fox Sports Darrel Waltrip on whipping up a big pay day for AIDB. “Thomas, or as we like to call him Moose Muffin has become a really big part of our festivities,” said Jessica Parker with AIDB Race Fever. “He’s always great with our kids and fans, our crowd is mostly from Alabama and having an AJ helmet is big in this part of the world.”
The helmet is normally a big ticket item and this year got within $300 of a Racing Hall of Fame helmet signed by- Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Ray Fox, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson and Red Farmer. “The whole Race Fever Experience just makes you feel good, the kids, the fans, the place, Postman, DW, the ladies from AIDB that work it, it’s just an incredible experience to be a part of it. Hopefully, next year I’ll get another shot at running Talladega and hopefully I’ll be able to bring over another sweaty helmet for DW to auction off.”
The ARCA Series has a couple of weeks off before beginning the Northern swing with 4 races in 21 days, Toledo, New Jersey, Pocono and Michigan.
About Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind: At Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB), the education continuum begins at birth and lasts a lifetime. AIDB is uniquely known as the world’s most comprehensive education and service program for children and adults of all ages with hearing and vision loss. We serve more than 20,500 individuals each year in all 67 counties of the state. This commitment to excellence is carried out through three residential schools, serving children, ages 3 to 21 from across the state (Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind and Helen Keller School of Alabama) in addition to an education and rehabilitation program for adults, ages 16 and older (Gentry Facility), an industrial, manufacturing complex (Alabama Industries for the Blind) and a statewide network of regional centers (Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia). For a tour or additional information about AIDB, call 256‐761‐3206 or visit www.AIDB.org.