SAD NEWS: It’s with a heavy heart that we report a member of our racing family, Chris Bailey and his wife Jessica lost their son Colton last week. “Our race team is named after my brother Max who left us way too soon. Our family is all too familiar with the pain and the heartache the Bailey’s are going through. The Baileys will always be a part of our family and our heart aches with them,” Thomas Praytor. Colton fought a brave uphill battle for months our thoughts and prayers are with the Baileys. #justkeepswimming
Elko maybe the smallest track on the tour but it comes with some of the biggest expectation for the DK-LOK team and veteran driver Thomas “Moose” Praytor and a raucous packed house got they were looking for Saturday night.
Praytor had more laps than any active driver at the Minnesota track and garnered his first ARCA top 10 in 2013. Off the trailer the DK-LOK Ford was solid and the team tweaked the chassis during practice.
“We didn’t bring enough gear even though we brought more gear than we’ve ever have before to a race track, so we’ll mark that down for next time. We worked in some areas on the chassis that we think paid dividends at Elko and might help us in Madison in a few weeks.”
The line score from Elko will say started 16th, finished 15th but will not reflect the pushing, shoving, banging, dodging and craziness of the 250 laps of the Shore Lunch 250 in Minnesota.
“We had a crazy night, I know I got knocked completely sideways several times and I need to apologize to A.J. Fike. I misjudged corner exit and just about sent him to the hot dog stand, fortunately he kept it going straight. That’s just the way these short track races are now, the fans got their money’s worth tonight.”
“We felt like after practice we had 15th place car and several opportunities to capitalize on a better finish but we just couldn’t get the breaks to go our way. Elko is so short we planned on 2 tire stops all night and tried some folks in new positions and everyone did their job.”
“Somewhere around lap 150 we should have taken tires but we were trying to stretch it to have good tires to race the lap 50 laps and the race went on along green flag run catching us off guard. It cost us some laps but not any positions, race management is always tricky.”
“We continue to have great people at the race track with us every week. This week we had the McManus family and we had a blast along with our intern Elizabeth Hooper.”
The team has only a day and a half in Mobile to finish their Pocono car for the General Tire anywhere is Possible 200 on Friday.