Music City 200 at NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY: Nashville has been a fun stop for Thomas “Moose” Praytor over the last few years. Off the track the Moose was part of the CMA Awards and American Country Countdown Awards having the opportunity to rub elbows with the biggest stars in country music. Last year, in ARCA’s return to Nashville, Praytor added another top 10 to his ARCA racing resume. “Our success in Nashville is really thanks to Bobby Hamilton kicking my but in the first half of last year’s race,” said Praytor. “After Bobby got by me I followed him for like 50 laps. He showed me the line and it wasn’t long before we were able to get back by him.”
MEET THE MOOSE: The Moose will be signing autographs and meeting with the fans twice at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Friday night Praytor will be signing autographs before the Colt Ford Concert and on Saturday night after the late model race.
The Music City 200 is a 1 day event double header including an ARCA CRA/Southern Super Series race on Saturday April 9th. The Music City 200 will begin at 8:00 CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com. The race will be tape delayed broadcast on the American Sports Network.
PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves www.dklokusa.com.
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Advanced Collision, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, John Thompson & Associates, Judy’s Place, Greer’s Food Market, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Praytor Realty
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 14TH
CAR: Roush Chassis #500 “Carlos”-Chassis 500 is named for Carlos Lira at Lira Motorsports where we the car came from. Praytor utilized this chassis for the first time on the Road Course at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Carlos right side was crushed in the Fall race at Salem. Nashville will be its first time back to the race track. Praytor’s DK-LOK Ford is powered by Roush Yates Ford Motors.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: Nashville is the first short track on the 2016 calendar. Opened in 1904 the old track in the middle of the State Fair Grounds is steeped in racing history with winners picking up a Nashville guitar in Victory Lane.
NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY:
.596 Mile Oval,Banking-18 Degrees in Corners, Straights 3 degrees
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THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: In 2015 Praytor completed his third consecutive season in the top 10 in the ARCA Championship standings, 8th in 2015, 7th in 2014 and 9th in his rookie season including collecting the AG Adcox Sportsmanship Award. 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 3 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 19th season of competition. In Daytona the team successfully fielded 2 cars for the first time with veteran Brad Smith behind the wheel. While campaigning the Moose in the #9 full time, team will field the #23 for Holmes/GMS racing in select events this season.
Picture: DK-LOK Ford racing with Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Bo Lemastus at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in 2015.