Super Chevy Stores.com-Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at the Illinois State Fair: For 364 days of the year the track at the Illinois State Fair is reserved for horse racing but for 1 Sunday a year the ARCA Series presented by Menards turns 1 horsepower into 800! “It’s one of the coolest place on the tour, the fair is going on, you bail off into turn one and there is a giant Ferris Wheel over your head it’s just crazy!” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. For the 2 dirt races team DK-LOK will be sporting a new car with new colors. “We’ve spent the last 2 weeks preparing a special dirt car for these 2 dirt races and we’re really excited about bringing “BUBBA” to the track for the first time this weekend. Of course my dirt driving leads a little to be desired but it should but it’s always fun!”
Super Chevy Stores.com-Allen Crowe Memorial 100 is a 1 day event with technical inspection, practice and Menards Pole Qualifying and the Green Flag on Sunday at 1:30 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com.
What to look for this weekend: Springfield and DuQuoin are the superspeedways of dirt and dirt racing fans come from miles around to take in this event that is held in the middle of the Illinois State Fair with tens of thousands of people in attendance. The driver that slides that best at the end of the race will have a good day if they can keep up with an ever changing track surface. Tires will not be critical unless the old dirt gets hard and a has solid rubber base on top.
Illinois State Fair Ground Track Specs:
1 mile dirt
PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves www.dklokusa.com
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Cockrell’s Body Shop, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, John Thompson & Associates, Greer’s Food Market, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Golden Flake, Ashley Rowe Photography, Ed’s Seafood Shed, Walkers Frame & Body, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Mobile Lumber & Millwork, Praytor Realty
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 8TH
CAR: Chassis #BUBBA, BUBBA is a former Kimmel car with a dirt pedigree that Team DK-LOK will try to add to this weekend at Springfield.
THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: Praytor wheeled his DK-LOK Team up to 7th in the ARCA Championship Standings in 2014. The Moose finished 9th in the Championship standings in 2013 while collecting the AG Adcox Sportsmanship Award in his Rookie Season. Praytor made his first ARCA start in the inaugural ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway in 2012. Prior to ARCA competition, the Moose started cutting his racing teeth at 8 years old on short tracks across the Southeast, racking up local and state titles along the way. The Moose and his Max Force Racing Team earned the Ironman Status of the Gulf Coast in 2011 for competing in every Late Model (Pro & Super) Race at Mobile International Speedway and Five Flags Speedway, finishing in the top 10 in the Championship standings at both tracks. Away from the track Praytor was one of AJ McCarron’s centers through grade school and high school winning a state title in 2007. For the last 2 years the duo have teamed up with a specially prepared McCarron replica racing helmet that Praytor wears then donates to the Alabama Institute of Deaf & Blind for their annual Race Fever auction. For more on the Moose- www.maxforceracing.com.
MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama and is fielding cars in its 18th season of competition. 2015 will be Max Force’s first year as a stand alone ARCA team and 3rd year of ARCA competition
Picture-BUBBA in the DK-LOK Shop in Mobile, Alabama, The Moose in 2013 sliding under the Ferris Wheel.