While Hixson's Thomas "Moose" Praytor’s return to Kentucky Speedway was spoiled by a cut tire there were a lot of positives for the Scott’s Rookie of the Year Candidate and his Hixson Motorsports/Max Force Racing team.
“We basically took a brand new race car to Kentucky, everything from the seat back had been replaced and we had to put a new motor and transmission in the car the day before the race.
We had a lot of unknowns that had to be worked through,” said Praytor. “Thanks to the guys at Roush Yates Performance our drive train was solid and the new tail on the car from VPW produced a lot of down force on our Realtor Fusion. We didn’t get the finish we wanted but with all we overcame it was a solid effort.”
The Kansas Lottery 98.9 the Rock is a two-day event with a full day of technical inspection on Thursday. Practice, qualifying and the race are all on Friday, Oct. 4. Practice is from 9:00-11:15 AM, Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:35 with the green flag at 7:30 PM. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com with live television coverage from Fox Sports 1.
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 8th SCOTTS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CHALLENGE: 4th
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CAR: Roush Fenway Chassis RK275, nickname “Batman”. The Dark Knight has been used at Michigan, Pocono, Chicago and most recently in the Zloop 150 in Kentucky. Batman is the teams preferred Speedway Chassis and recorded a top 10 in Michigan before a crash at Chicago took it out of commission, the last race at Kentucky was Batman’s first race back in action. Batman is a former Sprint Cup winning chassis used by Greg Biffle.
HIXSON MOTORSPORTS/MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama and is fielding cars in its 16th season of competition. Max Force has teamed with another home grown operation, Hixson Motorsports with 4 decades of experience in the ARCA Series from Soddy Daisy Tennessee for the 2013 season.
THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: In 2012, Moose 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. Praytor is currently 8th in the ARCA Series Championship point’s standings. Prior to the ARCA series, 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. Away from the track Praytor was one of AJ McCarron’s centers through grade school and high school winning a state title in 2007. Recently the duo teamed up donating a specially prepared McCarron replica racing helmet that Praytor wore at Daytona and Talladega to the Alabama Institute of Deaf & Blind for their annual Race Fever auction. For more on the Moose- www.realtorcar.com.