The 16th race of the 2013 season puts Thomas “Moose” Praytor on familiar territory for only the 4th time in 2013 (Mobile, Talladega & Salem). The Scott’s Rookie of the Year Candidate drove for Venturini Motorsports at Madison in 2012. Praytor qualified 16th and a transmission problem ended his day early. “I really had a good time at Madison last year, we turned a lot of laps in practice and with Mr.
Bill’s (Venturini) help I got a really good feel for the racetrack,” said Praytor. “We’ve got our favorite “Realtor” short track car Pooh this weekend and we hope it will get us back into the top 10.”
The Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway is a 2 day event with practice and qualifying on Saturday followed by the green flag on Sunday, August 25th at 2:00PM. 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 Thursday August 29th at 10:00PM CST.
Last Race-Allen Crowe Memorial 100 ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUND: Praytor made his first start on dirt in 14 years collecting 4 pounds of dirt in his driving suit and a lot of experience. “I was really worried about the dirt going in but Mr. Wayne’s (Hixson) years of experience and a solid car really made the transition easier than I thought. We had some bad luck with a cut tire and that kept getting worse really making us uncompetitve. We were able to nurse it home but I’m really looking forward to the next dirt race at DuQuoin.”
SPRINGFIELD BROADCAST ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK FRIDAYNIGHT AT 10:00 PM CST-See the finish that everyone is taking about!
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 8th SCOTTS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CHALLENGE: 3rd
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CAR: Hixson Motorsports chassis #5, nickname “Pooh”. “Pooh” is the team’s preferred short track car but has become the team’s workhouse this season filling in for the team’s speedway car “Batman” lost in Chicago and doubling as a road course car. Two of the team’s top 10s this season have come with “Pooh” at Elko and Winchester.
HIXSON MOTORSPORTS/MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama 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.