Thomas "Moose" Praytor Named 2013 ARCA Sportsman Of The Year

Monday, December 16, 2013
Shown, from left to right are ARCA Technical Services Director Bobby Thomsen, Praytor and ARCA President Ron Drager.
Shown, from left to right are ARCA Technical Services Director Bobby Thomsen, Praytor and ARCA President Ron Drager.

Thomas “Moose” Praytor received the 2013 H.G. Adcox Sportsman of the Year Award at the ARCA annual awards banquet in Indianapolis, Indiana. The H.G. Adcox Sportsman of the Year Award is presented every year to honor an individual or group that exhibits the ability to show class in competition and truly defines sportsmanship to fellow competitors, officials, and fans in the ARCA Racing Series.

"A huge surprise, it was really an emotional deal,” said Praytor.

“It’s an honor for me and our race team that the ARCA officials think of us this way.”

Driving for Hixson Motorsports and his family’s Max Force Racing, Praytor is coming off his first full season of ARCA competition finishing ninth in the ARCA Championship standings.

“This award normally goes to someone who has been doing this a long time, not a rookie. There are some really big names in racing that have won this award, it’s just incredible that I’m now one of them. "

The awards namesake Grant Adcox drove to success in the ARCA Racing Series winning the Sportsman Award in 1988 before losing his life in a NASCAR accident at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1989.

While winning the ARCA Sportsman Award 25 years apart, Praytor and Adcox share some other racing similarities. Both carry the number 2 in ARCA Series competition and both campaign out of shops within miles of each other in Tennessee. Adcox worked out of his family-owned operation in Chattanooga and just up the road, Praytor works out of Hixson Motorsports in Soddy Daisy. 


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