The four-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, WI, is considered a road racers paradise, but for a rookie driver who has never seen a road course in a field filled with NASCAR road race aces Dante’s Inferno would be a better description with the 14 turns replacing the nine circles.
Scotts Rookie of the Year candidate, Thomas “Moose” Praytor, of Hixson, made his first road course laps this weekend in the SCOTT 160 turning the most practice laps of all drivers with only one off road excursion.
“Everything about the road course is so completely different. I heard Max Pappis say it was like having a football player play in a NFL game on Sunday and the next week have him play in a MLB game and that’s the way I felt. Last week we were going 200 MPH, not using any brakes and making a slight left hand turn and this week I was braking turning right and left then shifting and doing it all over again, 560 times!” said Praytor. “We knew this week was not going to be a spectacular week but we had to have a solid effort to keep up in the points battle and our Realtor team accomplished what we needed and even moved up a spot.”
Praytor qualified 18th finished 16th and moved up to 8th in the ARCA Series Championship standings. After taking out the half dozen NASCAR Nationwide and road race aces in for the weekend Praytor finished a respectable 10th among ARCA Series regulars.
Next up-back to the short tracks for the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at the half mile high banked Winchester Speedway in Indiana.