Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 fueled by the Hoosier Lottery at SALEM SPEEDWAY: Last year in the Fall Classic Thomas “Moose” Praytor cut a right front tire slamming his favorite short track car “Carlos” so hard into the outside wall it knocked the head off “Carlos the Dog” on the back dash. “We were able to finish last year but the finish didn’t show how good a car we had,” offered Praytor. A veteran at Salem Speedway, Praytor is marking his 8th trip with the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers to the high banks of Salem Speedway and ARCA’s 99th trip. “I love going to Salem the place is just so much fun. You’re bouncing off the walls and each other and your just flying inches away from the wall in the corners.”
Meet the Moose: Fans will get a chance to meet Thomas on Sunday, there will be an on track autograph session at 11:30.
Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 fueled by the Hoosier Lottery: is a 3 day event beginning on Friday with unloading. Saturday will consist of technical inspection, practice, and Menards Pole Qualifying. Then the Green Flag will drop at 2:15 Sunday EST. There will be live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be broadcast live via radio on ARCAracing.com. The race will be televised on American Sports Network tape delayed.
What to look for this weekend: The fans in stands are in for a ride as Salem is like no other track on the circuit. The name of the game is finding a way to get forward grip off the corners while conserving tires. If there is a long green flag run, tire conservation will be the tail of the tape.
Salem Speedway Track Specs:
.555 mile asphalt
Banking-33 degrees in corners
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ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 7TH
CAR: The Chassis #RK500-“Carlos” (Carlos is named for Carlos Lira), will return to Salem this weekend. Carlos got banged up pretty good during the Fall Classic in Salem but has had a complete overhaul in the off season. Carlos was last used in the Music City 200 in Nashville 2 weeks ago.
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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. Chase Storch will be making his first ARCA start for the team this weekend in Salem.
Picture: DK-LOK Ford “Carlos” 5 wide in Nashville during Music City 200. Courtesy of Shortrack Photography