Music City 200 presented by Azure Foundation at the NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY: “I really like short track racing and Nashville is a big half mile track that is a lot of fun to race on. Nashville is a good track for us and we’ve been working hard on our short track program, we should get a good indication of what we have this weekend.” In addition to racing in Nashville, Thomas “Moose” Praytor has made the Music City a regular stop including trips to the CMA Awards, American Country Countdown Awards including some favorite honky tonks in Downtown Nashville. “Nashville is one of the places you wish was like a 3 day show so you could go Downtown and enjoy some of what the City has to offer. That’s why I like coming back here so much when we’re not racing.”
The Music City 200 PRESENTED BY Azure Foundation is a 1 day event double header including an ARCA CRA/Southern Super Series race before the Music City 200 on Saturday April 8th. The Music City 200 will begin at 8:00 PM CST. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com. The race will be broadcast live on MAV TV.
PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves www.dklokusa.com.
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Rettigs Auto Body, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, John Thompson & Associates, Judy’s Place, Greer’s Food Market, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Omni Fitness, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Praytor Realty
CAR: Roush Chassis #500-Chassis 500 is the Moose’s favorite short track car and was run at all the short track races, road course and dirt races in 2016. 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 2017 calendar and there are a lot of young drivers too young to race at Daytona making their ARCA debut-hang on! 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
DK-LOK USA: Founded in 1986, DK-LOK Fittings and Valves supply industrial applications from analytical and process instrumentation, gas, power generation, petrochemical processing, ship building to semiconductor manufacturing. DK-LOK tube fittings, instrument pipe & weld fittings, and valves are manufactured to stringent industry standards. With the use of only the highest grade raw material and 1/1000″ tolerance control on each and every part, DK-LOK assures a leak-tight seal in all process, power, and instrumentation applications. DK-LOK USA is a Mobile, Alabama based firm operating nationally and internationally.
THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: Praytor made his first Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) start in the inaugural ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway in 2012. In his first season he saw action with Andy Belmont Racing and Venturini Motorsports. Mobile, Alabama’s Max Force Racing teamed with Hixson Motorsports in 2013 & 2014, the pairing finished 9th and 7th in the ARCA Series Championship standings respectively. In 2015 Praytor and his family owned Max Force Racing team struck out on their own from Mobile, Alabama earning another top 10 in the Championship standings coming in 8th. 2016 was a break out season for the Moose garnering his first top 5 finish in the Championship Standings. ARCA awarded Praytor the H.G. Adcox Sportsmanship Award in 2013.
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 5 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. During the week Thomas becomes Professor Praytor teaching and testing CDL students at Bishop State College. For more on the Moose- www.thomaspraytor.com.
MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama and is fielding cars in its 20th season of competition.
Picture: The Moose working traffic in the 2016 Music City 200 at Nashville Fairgrounds.