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SCOTT GET GEARED UP 200 presented by FEDERATED CAR CARE-Lucas Oil Raceway: After a complete rebuild Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK race team are bringing ”Black Betty” back to the track for the first time after “Styrofoamaggedon” at Toledo Speedway. “This is a big race for our sponsor, DK-LOK and their Indiana based distributor FloSource. Our guys back in Mobile have been working overtime to rebuild our best piece after I shortened it up in Toledo. From the front windshield back it’s basically a new car. The guys at Hess Racing Chassis did an awesome job on rebuilding the back end of the chassis and we think it will be even better than before,” offered Praytor. The ARCA series has visited LOR just 4 times in its 60+ year history and the Moose was on hand in 2011 as a member of Grant Enfinger’s team. “I learned a lot from being here with Grant, plus “Black Betty” was here in 2012 and we have a complete set of notes from that race and we feel good about this weekend.”
The Scott Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Auto Care is a 1 day event with technical inspection, practice, Menards Pole qualifying and race are on Friday, July 25th at 8:00 CST with live race coverage on Fox Sports1. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com.
ARCA Championship Standings: 8th
PRIMARY SPONSORS: DK-LOK USA
ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, REALTOR, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, Campbell & Campbell, Golden Flake, Ashley Rowe Photography, Ed’s Seafood Shed, Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, Walkers Frame & Body, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Mobile Lumber & Millwork, Praytor Realty
CAR: Roush Chassis #461, nickname “Black Betty”, as in the song. Black Betty is a new chassis to the Hixson Motorsports/Max Force Racing stable in 2014, powered by Roush Yates horsepower. Praytor turned in his career best short track performance with Black Betty in her first outing at the ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway, then another 11th place finish at Salem followed by a wicked crash at Toledo into the Styrofoam barrier. The car has been completely rebuilt and makes it’s first start at LOR Friday night.
THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: Currently 8th in the ARCA Championship standings,Praytor is coming off a stellar Rookie season that should have only been 3 races but under the watchful eye of veteran ARCA car owner Wayne Hixson turned into a full season. The Moose finished 9th in the Championship standings and collected the AG Adcox Sportsmanship Award in 2013. Along the way the all volunteer team collected 3 top 10s, was the 2nd driver in the Fast Track Driver Challenge, 3rd in the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award, 4th in the S & S Volvo Laps Completed Award and 4th in the Scotts Rookie Challenge. 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 . In 2012, Praytor made his first ARCA start in the inaugural ARCA-Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway. He also raced in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega with Andy Belmont Racing and rounded out the season with a couple of starts for Venturini Motorsports.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 2nd time the duo teamed up, donating a specially prepared McCarron replica racing helmet that Praytor wore, to the Alabama Institute of Deaf & Blind for their annual Race Fever auction. For more on the Moose- www.maxforceracing.com.