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. 


Cleveland School Board Votes 5-2 To Terminate School Director Ringstaff Over Twitter Messages

The Cleveland School Board on Friday fired Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of schools, for sending sexually explicit messages to an anonymous woman a year ago.  His termination is effective immediately and does not include severance pay.  The school board called an emergency meeting after Dr. Ringstaff, who is married, admitted to sending explicit messages to ... (click for more)

History Center Not Giving Out Any More Information On Past Spending Details, Current Status, At This Time

The president of the Chattanooga History Center, which has halted plans for a world class history museum near the Aquarium after raising over $10 million, said no other information will be provided at this time. Chattanoogan.com had sought details about prior spending and the salary of former executive director Daryl Black as well as the center's current status. Jo Coke said, ... (click for more)

A Missing Link In Chattanooga's Crime Prevention Program

I would like to begin by introducing myself. I grew up in Chattanooga and I love this city. As a child, the space program and lunar landings were in full swing. I dreamed of a progressive city. I grew up reading books about space, travel, and superheroes at the Bicentennial Library.  I am the only son of a local pastor and businessman. When I graduated from East Ridge High ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The School’s Search Begins

Jonathan Welch, the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board, had no idea he would be giving himself a well-deserved treat some months ago when he promised his son they would go on a mission trip together. This week has to be the first time his phone hasn’t blinked overload since a December tragedy triggered a tsunami and repeated shock waves that crashed the Hamilton County ... (click for more)