Winchester Speedway celebrated it’s 100th year with a special 4th of July Celebration that culminated with the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care in front of a live TV audience on CBS Sports Network. “You can just feel the history of racing when you come in the gate at Winchester. All the great open wheel guys raced there in the 60s, 70s and 80’s and a bunch were on hand this weekend. It was really cool to be part of the celebration,” said Thomas Praytor.
While the party was on at Winchester Speedway Thomas “Moose” Praytor had hauled his DK-LOK Chevy 17 hours from Mobile looking to improve on his 9th place finish from 2013.
Of the trailer the DK-LOK Chevy was improved from last year but still had a ways to go to catch the front runners. “Our guys worked really hard all weekend, we just never were able to get any speed out of our car this weekend.”
The stop watch had the Moose 3 tenths of a second faster than 2013 but he needed a second. Qualifying 18th the DK-LOK team knew they had a long day ahead of them but not as long as it turned out.
As has become the norm in 2014, a few early cautions led to a long green flag run to just past the half way mark. “While were slow our DK-LOK Chevy was well balanced and we could race where we wanted to. We put on 4 tires at the midway caution and our car turned evil. It started tight than it had no grip and just got worse, by lap 150 I was just hanging on. That’s twice this year we’ve been bit with a bad set of tires on the second set and we’ll have to keep working to improve our late race set ups. Ours guys had a good weekend and we had a good finish I just wish we had been more competitive. Congratulations to Mr. Turner and Brandon on their first win.”
A week off, then Chicagoland Speedway for the Ansell ActivArmr 150 live on Fox Sports 1.
Picture: DK-LOK Chevy racing with eventual race winner Brandon Jones at Winchester Speedway during the 2014 Herrs Chase the Taste 200.