Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Speedway: Another short week with a lot of action in the DK-LOK Race Shop in Mobile, Alabama as the team swapped motors before heading to Marne, Michigan, another 18-20 hour drive. “We’re kind of like the old Hee Haw Song-If it weren’t for bad luck we’d have no luck at all… It’s been a rough summer but all of our group is hanging in there and we’re pressing forward,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. Berlin is the shortest track on the tour and one of the toughest to get a handle on. “The first year we went there I was absolutely horrible; the place really ate my lunch. Last year we had a lot better car and we got a pretty good handle on what is one of the most unique tracks we got to.” The DK-LOK Ford came out on the short end of the stick (see above) ending a promising night early in 2014.
The Federated Auto Parts 200 is a 2 day event with unloading on Friday and technical inspection, practice, Menards Pole Qualifying and the Green Flag on Saturday at 7:50 PM CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race radio broadcast will be on ARCAracing.com.
What to look for this weekend: Berlin Raceway is the smallest track on the tour which means there will always be traffic. Much like Mobile International Speedway Berlin doesn’t have a back stretch wall and the pit road is down the center of the track with cars pitting on both sides. The drivers are almost always turning and working inside the car expects long green flag runs that will call a drivers strength and conditioning into play.
Berlin Raceway Track Specs:
.4375 miles (the shortest on the tour) no back stretch wall and 2 very different unique turns.
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ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 8TH
CAR: Chassis #RK306, Roush Chassis 306 was brand new to the team in the Spring Pocono race. It’s become the work horse over the summer, Pocono, Michigan, Chicago, Iowa and Indianapolis.
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-A shortened DK-LOK Ford from the 2014 Berlin race.