Realtor Car And Hixson's Thomas "Moose" Praytor Head To Michigan’s Berlin Raceway

Friday, August 9, 2013
 Chassis #3 Mickey Mouse at the ARCA Mobile 200 in March
Chassis #3 Mickey Mouse at the ARCA Mobile 200 in March

After two Speedways and a road course, the ARCA Series presented by Menards returns to the short tracks with the smallest track on the tour, 3/8th mile Berlin Speedway in Marne, Michigan. “Berlin doesn’t have a wall on the back stretch and nothing says home like no walls (Mobile International Speedway has no walls). Add to it the track is tight, slippery and hard to get a grip on and it’s like my home away from home, Pensacola’s 5 Flags Speedway,” said Praytor.

“After the last three races we’re looking forward to having our Realtor car back on a short track.”

The Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway is a one day event on Saturday, Aug. 10, with practice from 2:00-2:45 and 3:15-3:45, Menards Pole Qualifying at 5:00 with the green flag at 8:30 PM EST. 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 Aug. 15 at 10 p.m. CST.

While Pocono Raceway was a return trip, the Tricky Triangle had a surprise for all the ARCA competitors including SCOTTS Rookie of the Year Candidate, Thomas “Moose” Praytor by going flag to flag without a caution. “We had a solid Realtor car in Pocono but we needed a few cautions to help get it completely dialed in. We made all 125 miles and had a solid point’s day with our short track car but we sure missed Batman (Teams Speedway Chassis).”

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 Mouse is the chassis the team utilized at Mobile International Speedway and Salem Speedway earlier this year. This will be the first race for Mickie since the front end was wrecked at the Kenutckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio at Salem.

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.

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.


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