The 2015 Season wound down to the Full Throttle Sloonshine 98.9 at Kansas Speedway. Coming off a career best Kentucky finish the DK-LOK team backed it with a career best at Kansas. The lead lap 14th place finish secured Thomas “Moose” Praytor’s 8th place standings in the Championship.
The off weeks after Kentucky were eventful for the Mobile based team. The DK-LOK family mourned the loss of DK-LOK USA/Nudraulix founder Charles Slaughter. The DK-LOK Ford carried a special “NAH” sticker in his honor. (NAH was his grandkids nickname for him)
After months of being rebuilt the DK-LOK Hauler was returned to the team two weeks before Kansas and along with preparing the car the team went to work on the hauler.
Two cars, a spare motor, transmission, boxes of parts and most of the race shop loaded into the DK-LOK hauler for the finale, the team made the long trip to Kansas Speedway.
After a day of technical inspection on Thursday the DK-LOK Ford rolled on to the race track for practice on Friday morning for the Full Throttle Sloonshine 98.9.
Fresh from winning the Sprint Cup race at Charlotte, Joey Logano’s spotter Tab Boyd was back on the roof for the Moose. The duo worked on the location of the car on the track while the team worked on the handling of the DK-LOK Ford.
Off the trailer the Ford was solid but wouldn’t turn in the center. A 2 hour practice session gave the team plenty of time to tune the DK-LOK Ford picked up over a second in practice and would roll off 17th.
“Tab worked hard on getting me where I needed to be on the track and the guys kept making our DK-LOK Ford handle better. We’ve been working hard on our mile and half program all year and it’s really shown the last couple of races.”
With the drop of the green flag of the Full Throttle Sloonshine 98.9 the DK-LOK Ford came to life and stuck with the lead pack during the first part of the race.
“We were a little free in qualifying and the cool night air brought our DK-LOK Ford to life and put a little extra perk in our Roush-Yates Ford motor.”
Boyd kept the Ford out of trouble from the roof while Praytor was wheeling the DK-LOK machine faster than his qualifying times. Taking advantage of an early caution the DK-LOK Ford was called to pit road for a fuel only stop.
“We were playing a fuel strategy that would take us farther than the leaders on a long green flag run and having fuel they didn’t gave us a lot of options for the rest of the race.”
Just past the halfway mark the 6 of Josh Williams cut a right front tire and slammed the wall in front of the DK-LOK machine.
“Josh did a good job keeping his car up against the wall but debris went everywhere. I felt pieces of it hit my car and I ran over some of it.” The Moose brought the DK-LOK Ford to pit road for 4 fresh Hoosiers and a final load of Sunoco fuel.
The team inspected the tires off the car and found the left rear with a big gash cut in it that would have been disastrous at 170 MPH.
Back under green the DK-LOK Ford started working its way to the front again. “The air in traffic really changes the handling characteristics and it was slow going on the restarts. We picked off a few in the last half of the race getting up as far as we could go.”
The DK-LOK Ford would cross the start finish line on the lead lap in the 14th position, a career best at Kansas.
“Our DK-LOK team had a solid night it was a great way to end the season. Tab did an awesome job on the roof and our all UNOH pit crew got the job done on pit road. Our mile and a half program has a come a long way in 2015. Congratulations to my buddy Grant Enfinger and team GMS on winning the Championship. They worked hard all year and it paid off.”
The ARCA Series will tabulate the final Championship points standings later this week.
Pictures: DK-LOK Ford racing with Bo LeMastus CEO of Crosley Brands maker of the ARCA Mobile 200 Juke Box-Team filling DK-LOK Ford with Sunoco Fuel.