Praytor Starts 20th Season of Competition at Daytona

Max Force Racing

The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire: Thomas “Moose Praytor heads to Daytona International Speedway to start his 20th season of racing competition and his 102nd consecutive ARCA Race leading all ARCA Competitors. “What a ride! Hard to believe, it just seems like yesterday we were racing karts at J & J Speedway.” Praytor heads to Daytona with a new car, a new paint scheme and fresh Ilmor power plant. “Each year we’ve tried to improve our program and this year we are coming to Daytona with one of the best cars we’ve ever taken to the race track. Our guys have been working hard back in Mobile and we have a really nice piece for Daytona.” Along with a new car Praytor has another Mobile-5 Flags Driver, Ronnie Osmer as a teammate. “Ronnie has a done a great job at the test and in the shop, he should have a solid effort on Saturday.” Mobile has 3 drivers at Datyona this weekend, Osmer, Praytor and Dave Mader. Mader is a member of the Alabama Racing Hall of Fame and his last trip to Daytona was in 1992 trying to make the Daytona 500.

SPOTTER: At the races that are companion events with the Sprint Cup Series, Praytor will continue to utilize Pensacola native Tab Boyd. When he is not moonlighting for Praytor, Boyd is William Byron’s new spotter in the Monster Cup Series.

2017 ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 7th

Thomas Praytor Daytona 2018CAR: MF002 The team has been working on this chassis for the last 5 seasons for exclusive use at Daytona and Talladega. It’s paid off with the car and Praytor drafting to their way into the top 5 in the last 4 plate races.

The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire is a long 4 day event with technical inspection all day Wednesday and Thursday morning before the first round of on track activity Thursday afternoon from 4:00- 6:00 EST. Friday morning is the final round of practice with Menards Pole group qualifying at 3:30 EST. On Saturday the 65th ARCA Season presented by Menards gets underway at 4:15 EST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com. This race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1, Channels in Mobile Comcast/Xfinity 49/241HD, Mediacom 52, Direct TV 219, Dish 150, AT&T Uverse 652.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: While Praytor is a Superspeedway Veteran the field will be filled with Rookies and first time starters expect plenty of excitement. Fuel and luck will be the key to a good finish.

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THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: In 2017 Thomas “Moose” Praytor became the ARCA Ironman or IronMoose by achieving more consecutive starts than any other active ARCA Driver. By the end of the 2017 season Praytor had extended his streak to 101 consecutive starts. In addition to having the most consecutive starts, IronMoose is the only active driver to finish in the top ten in the ARCA Championship Standings for the last five seasons. For more on the Moose- www.thomaspraytor.com.