Racing at Salem speedway is always special but for this installment of the Fall Classic everything was magnified by 100.
It was the 100th ARCA Series race at Salem Speedway plus Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK team were sporting a throwback paint scheme tied to one of the most iconic names in all of motorsport, Allison.
As the Grand Marshall of the 100th race at Salem, Bobby Allison was generous enough to stop by, talk with the crew and have pictures made before giving the command to fire engines.
“Mr. Allison was really cool. He shook hands with all the crew and we talked about the old Miller Paint scheme. As a driver from Alabama it doesn’t get much bigger than that,” offered Praytor.
The day had gone to script with the team solving the minor issues arising during practice.
“We had a brand new set up package under the car this weekend and our guys worked hard on dialing it in. It wasn’t exactly what we wanted but we think it’s closer to what we want than what had.”
Qualifying was rained out and the Moose High Life machine would roll off 16th.
From the drop of the green flag the field separated in to 2 packs. The cars that were hauling the mail and the cars that weren’t. The Moose was doing all he could to hang on the lead pack and stay on the lead lap.
While Praytor was working hard in the car the crew was working hard in the pits pitting the 9 and the 10 of Ed Pompa.
“Our guys like doing double duty it makes us better as a unit. We can practice all we want at UNOH there is nothing like live stops,” said crew chief Adam Lowe.
A couple of long green flag runs really separated the field and the Moose found himself stuck in 14th.
“We got where we couldn’t go forward and we really couldn’t go backwards so we started working hard on lines around the track and changes that would help me and the car when we come back.”
For Salem it was a remarkable clean race and the 9 Moose Time Ford came home without a scratch and in 14th position.
“Little disappointed we couldn’t post another top 10 but we got all we could get. Our guys had great stops for both cars tonight and you can see their confidence level rising at every race. It was a real honor to run the Allison car and have Mr. Allison come by and talk with our team.”
Only 48 hours in Mobile before the DK-LOK hauler heads out to Chicagoland Speedway for the Scott 150 under the lights Thursday night.