Mobile, Alabama’s Max Force Racing fielded two cars for the ARCA Season finale at Kansas Speedway, with both Chris Bailey and Thomas “Moose” Praytor ready to go the distance.
Two drivers, two agendas; the Moose came into the event 5th in the Championship and needed a solid finish to cap off a career best season. Bailey who spent the season in a support role was getting a rare opportunity to show off his skills for a full 150 laps.
Early practice was rained out while teams were given a one hour practice session then lined up by points to start the race. Points put The Chive Charity/GoodBookey Ford of Praytor 11th and Bailey’s G-Force Ford at the tail end of the field, 35th.
Within a few laps the duo were running where they practiced in 21st and 22nd logging laps and taking advantage of cautions to keep their tank full of Sunoco fuel. The big one happened just before the halfway point, Praytor dodge the carnage unscathed while Bailey took a blow across the hood shearing off the hood pins.
Pit road was busy with our UNOH pit crew pitting both cars, the 9 of Praytor took 4 General Tires and a full load of Sunoco fuel while the 5 of Bailey took multiple stops for Generals, Sunoco and repairing the sheared off hood pins, taping down the hood.
Multiple stops put Bailey back at the end of the field while Praytor developed a sour motor running on 7 cylinders to the finish. As the laps wound down, the duo ended up back together for the finish, Praytor 15th and Bailey 16th best of the non Ilmor engines.
“It was big day for our race team running two cars the whole race. It strained our resources getting to the track and during the race but it showed us what we need to work on,” said Praytor. “Really appreciate Chris working with us all year and glad he was able to get a couple of full races in. Proud to have Chive Charities and GoodBookey.com on for the last two races, the Chive fans are off the hook.”