Winchester 200 at WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY: At more than 100 years old Winchester Speedway is not only the oldest but one of the toughest racetracks on tour. Tough and rough fit for veterans like Thomas “Moose” Praytor to have an opportunity to shine. “You’re almost always at speed at Winchester, it’s tough to pass and the field stacks up while you try to get by. The young guys making their first trip should be fun to race with.” After a disappointing Pocono team DK-LOK is looking to make a rebound this weekend at Winchester. “We had one of our first top 10 here, we’ve destroyed race cars here and we’ve missed some really big wrecks here, the fans are in for a show.”
Picture: Pit stop at Winchester Speedway in 2016.
MEET THE MOOSE: Meet the Moose at Winchester Speedway Sunday August 6th on the front stretch from 11:00-Noon CST.
Winchester 200 is a two day event with practice Saturday June 25th followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying. Race day will be Sunday August 6th with the Green Flag at 1:00 p.m. CST. The Winchester 200 will be broadcast tape delayed on MAVTV with live timing and scoring with radio broadcast on arcaracing.com.
PRIMARY SPONSOR: DK-LOK Fittings & Valves dklokusa.com
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, Rettigs Auto Body, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, MAECO Fabrication, John Thompson & Associates, Judy’s Place, Greer’s Food Market, AQUASALT, Wade Distributing, Campbell, Duke & Campbell, Omni Fitness, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Praytor Realty
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 9th
CAR: Roush Chassis #461,”Black Betty”-Black Betty has been the team’s short track stalwart and was the 2nd car the team purchased. Praytor drove the car to his career best ARCA finish of 7th at the ARCA Mobile 200 and Betty has been utilized six times in 2017, Salem, Toledo, Madison, Iowa, LOR & Elko.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND: Tires go away quick! Tire management and the team that can make their car turn without hitting the wall will have a good day.
WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY TRACK SPECS:
Half mile high banked oval, Banking in turns: 37 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.