Praytor Is 3rd Fastest At Daytona Testing

Monday, December 23, 2013
Tigger in primer grey making laps at Daytona. Teams typically test a new car in primer so they can make changes to the body before applying the paint and sticker scheme for race day.
Tigger in primer grey making laps at Daytona. Teams typically test a new car in primer so they can make changes to the body before applying the paint and sticker scheme for race day.

Mobile, Alabama’s Thomas “Moose” Praytor rumbled to the top of the speed charts Sunday afternoon during testing for the ARCA Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAV TV at Daytona International Speedway. Praytor posted a time of 49.206 seconds clocking in at 182.905 miles per hour putting his Hixson/Max Force machine 3rd during Sunday afternoons test session. “Really an incredible afternoon. The 2 Cunningham cars lined up behind me and we we’re flying,” said Praytor.

“We’ll be looking for them when they drop the green flag in February.” The trio recorded the top 3 spots for the day while drafting together on Sunday.  

77 drivers from across the Unites States, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia took part in the three days of testing at the World Center of Speed with Praytor’s fastest lap on Sunday putting him 10th fastest of all drivers during the entire test. “This is really a gratifying weekend for us. We took a car built in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, that we finished in Mobile, Alabama, to racing’s biggest stage and out ran some of the biggest names in all of racing.” While the results were impressive the process was painful.

Chassis #4, nicknamed “Tigger”, as in bouncy, trouncy, had never been to the track before this weekend. In fact, Tigger is the first complete in house Superspeedway car designed and developed by Hixson Motorsports and the gremlins that come with a prototype car were in full force at Daytona. “We thrashed for 2 days before we made our first lap late Saturday afternoon. Every time we found an issue we fixed it and another would crop up. It tested everyone on our race team.” With time ticking away Tigger’s second time on the track was in the draft. Praytor’s speed on Saturday put him right behind 8 time Daytona Champion Bobby Gerhardt and just in front of Hendrick Development driver Chase Elliott.

No rest for the weary. Praytor is in route back to Mobile for a fund raiser for the American Diabetes Association on Monday night. The Moose will be the celebrity bartender at the Fairhope Brewing Company from 6-8 with the proceeds going to the American Diabetes Association.


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