Going in to the Twilight 150 presented by Unique Pretzels Thomas “Moose” Praytor was not known as road course racers but Saturday’s race at New Jersey Motorsports Park may be changing his attitude.
Without a “road course” car in the stable the team converted their favorite short track car, “Carlos” to run New Jersey Motorsports Park.
“We worked really hard in the shop making the best changes we could to get Carlos to handle on the road course and it paid off,” said Praytor.
The DK-LOK Ford was so solid in practice the team used only part of the second practice before preparing for qualifying and the Moose would roll off 16th.
The DK-LOK Team was working a fuel strategy that would let the Ford run longer than any other car on the track and it was paying off with the Moose moving up to as high as 5th in the running order.
A third of the way through the race, the DK-LOK Ford was making a pass off of turn 5 and the Ford lost a lot of horsepower. “It was so bad I thought I had something coming of the car dragging it down.”
Praytor brought the DK-LOK Ford to pit road and the team made the dreadful right turn to the garage.
“Really a shame, felt like we were on our way to our first top 10 on a road course. Still a lot to be happy about we continue to bring better DK-LOK Fords to every race track and it shows. We’ve got a busy short week ahead with Pocono test and race.”
The team has a short week, working on cars on Sunday, testing at the Tricky Triangle on Tuesday and racing in the General Tire #anywhere is possible 200 at Pocono Speedway on Friday, live on Fox Sports 1.