The last few outings at Toledo Speedway have been rough for Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team returning to Mobile with just half a car on both occasions. To overcome the foam curse, this year the team took their favorite short track car, “Carlos”, Chassis 500.
Off the trailer the Moose knew he had a good car and Carlos was quick. The team tweaked on the Ford during practice but came right back to where they started and the DK-LOK Ford would qualify almost a second faster than last year’s effort.
The Menards 200 started with another long green flag run and Carlos held in with the lead back. Trouble on the first stop of the day and the DK-LOK Ford fell to the tail end of the longest line.
Working his way back through the field through the field the Moose tangled with another competitor and the DK-LOK Ford came out on the short end of the stick spinning off of turn 4.
This time the damage was minor and the crew made repairs on pit road and got Praytor on track as quickly as they could but it still cost the DK-LOK Ford a couple of laps. Back on the track the damage didn’t cost the Moose any speed and he was slicing and dicing as far as up the field as he could.
Praytor managed to salvage a 14th place finish and 95% of a car, a spectacular outing considering the team’s luck at Toledo Speedway.
“We had a really good DK-LOK Ford all weekend, the best I’ve ever had at Toledo. We keep working on our cars in Mobile and we keep taking better pieces to the race track. Really happy to get the Toledo Monkey off our back it’s a fun place to race. It was good point weekend for us, we moved up to 7th and we can see 5th and 6th.”
The team has a short week before heading to Thunderbolt Raceway in New Jersey for some road course racing on Memorial Day Weekend.
Picture: DK-LOK Ford battling with Michael Lira in front of a packed house going in to turn one.