This weekend will be Thomas “Moose” Praytor’s first start at Kentucky Speedway but not his first time to the high banked Speedway in the heart of the blue grass state. At 12 years old Praytor was part of the Outdoor Channels ARCA Racing This Week crew filming at the newly opened facility.
“I was in heaven, 12 years old in the garage with a media pass and a video camera. I have no idea what kind of video I captured but it was all bigger than life to me,” said Praytor.
“Billy Venturini, Jason Jarrett, Mark Gibson, Dan Pardus, Andy Belmont, Ron Cox and of course Frank Kimmel were all driving then. I’d have to go back and look at the tape but I think Kimmel had a little more hair and it was a different color, of course he was winning back then too. My favorite story from that first race involves Tim Bray (Long time head of Media Relations at Kentucky Speedway). I’m 12 running into the media center grabbing drinks for the camera crew and a security guard grabbed me. If Mr. Tim doesn’t stop him I think I was headed to jail! To have the opportunity to come back and race where your ARCA dreams started is really special to me.”
Last Race-Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care, SALEM SPEEDWAY: Early mechanical issues were the beginning of a long day at Salem for Praytor and the Realtor car. “We should have just gotten killed in the points standings at Salem but our guys never gave up and we were able to salvage a decent finish for our Realtor Chevy. At least we were able to finish at Salem, I was beginning to think that would never happen. Salem and I are starting to develop a love/hate relationship. I love racing there but I think Salem doesn’t like me a heck of a lot!”
The Zloop 150 is a 1 day event with practice, qualifying and the race all on Friday, September 20th. Practice is from 1:00-3:00 PM, Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 5:15 with the green flag at 8:00 PM. Live timing and scoring for practice, qualifying and the race will be on ARCAracing.com with live television coverage from Fox Sports 1.
ARCA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 8th SCOTTS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CHALLENGE: 4th
PRIMARY SPONSOR: REALTORS, www.realtorcar.com and G-Force Racing Gear
CAR: Roush Fenway Chassis RK275, nickname “Batman”. The Dark Knight has been used at Michigan, Pocono and Chicago, recording a top 10 in Michigan and has been out of service since being wrecked in Chicago. Batman is a former Sprint Cup winning chassis used by Greg Biffle.
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.