Hixson's Thomas "Moose" Praytor Back To Dirt-Berlin On NBC Sports Tonight

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Thomas “Moose” Praytor with his last dirt ride
Thomas “Moose” Praytor with his last dirt ride

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

PRIMARY SPONSOR: REALTORS, www.realtorcar.com and G-Force Racing Gear

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
In car view from inside Realtor Chevy


Lady Flame Golfers Post Top 5 Finish At Battle Of Old South

BLUFFTON, S.C. – The Lee women's golf team turned in a top-five finish at the Battle of Old South hosted by the University of North Carolina Pembroke on Sunday afternoon as the Lady Flames carded a 300 team total and finished tied for fourth with a 36-hole score of 597. The ladies from SCAD-Savannah led from start to finish after firing rounds of 292-290-582 and won by ... (click for more)

Coldron's Goal Lifts Lee Men's Soccer Over Union

Thanks to an Alfie Coldron goal and another clean sheet from goalkeeper Tristan Putnam the Lee men's soccer team blanked the Union University Bulldogs, 1-0 on a muggy Sunday afternoon. Coldron scored the lone goal of the match in the 37 th minute as he dribbled around two defenders and slid a shot inside the near post past the diving keeper to put the Flames ahead just ... (click for more)

3 Separate Shootings Early Sunday Morning Leave 1 Critically Injured, Another In Serious Condition

Chattanooga Police responded to three shootings, early Sunday morning. Jelani Sorrell, 33, was injured in the first shooting.  Chattanooga Police officers responded at 1:26 a.m. to a person shot at the Sky Zoo Night Club.  Upon arrival they were able to locate Sorrell suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Sorrell was transported to a local hospital in critical ... (click for more)

Home Damaged By Fire In Lookout Valley Sunday Afternoon

A home was damaged extensively by fire Sunday afternoon in Lookout Valley. At approximately  3 p.m.,  the Chattanooga Fire Department dispatched multiple companies to  1203 O ’ Grady Drive in Lookout Valley for a smoke investigation. First arriving units found a large two-story house involved with heavy fire and smoke. An initial interior attack was ... (click for more)

Fix Obamacare, Don't Repeal It - And Response (2)

John McCain recently said, "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full (Congressional Budget ... (click for more)

Roy Exum - ‘Let’s Talk Real Life’

In mid-November of 2015, the Missouri football team very unwisely went on strike. A black student had refused to eat until a list of racially-based demands were met. Some on the football team were sympathetic and it quickly morphed into the biggest catastrophe in the annals of higher education. The university would lose hundreds of millions, athletic donations dropped 72 percent, ... (click for more)