Allen Crowe Memorial 100 Illinois State Fairground: ARCA returns to its racing roots this weekend as the series will compete on the 1 mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairground on Sunday. To say that Hixson's Thomas “Moose" Praytor had never competed on dirt would not exactly be true. It’s been over 13 years, but Praytor cut his racing teeth in Karts on the old dirt J & J Speedway in Grand Bay, Alabama.
“I’ve tried to prepare for this weekend but I truly have no idea how our Realtor Chevy is going to do this weekend. The best thing we have going for us is Hixson’s 30 plus years of dirt experience but it’s been so long since I was on dirt you might as well say I’ve never been,” offered Praytor. “All that having been said I’m looking forward to the challenge of slinging a 3400 pound stock car around a mile dirt track.”
The Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at the Illinois State Fairground is a one day event on Sunday, with practice from 9-10 a.m., Menards Pole Qualifying at 11:15 with the green flag at 1:30 p.m.ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activity as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage of the race. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the race on a tape delay on Friday Aug. 23, at 10 p.m. CST.
Last Race-Primera Plastics 200 BERLIN RACEWAY: Praytor and Realtor car bring home disappointing 18th place finish. “We were really looking forward to a solid effort at Berlin and we just fought a really tight Realtor Chevy all night long. We did learn a lot about “Mickie” and another 30 minutes of practice could have made a real difference. Our team had a solid race in the pits and we have some great notes if we get a chance to go back.”
BERLIN BROADCAST ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK TONIGHT AT 10:00 PM CST-Praytor part of in car coverage.
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 8th SCOTTS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CHALLENGE: 3rd
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CAR: Hixson Motorsports chassis #3, nickname “Mickie Mouse”. Mickie is the chassis the team utilized last week at Berlin Raceway to an 18th place finish. Mickie was also used at Mobile International Speedway and Salem Speedway earlier this year.
HIXSON MOTORSPORTS/MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, AL, 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.
In car view from inside Realtor Chevy