Motor City Produces 14th For Hixson's Praytor In DK-LOK Ford

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Top-DK-LOK Ford battling for position with Tom Hessert at Michigan International Speedway
Top-DK-LOK Ford battling for position with Tom Hessert at Michigan International Speedway

The two-mile oval in the Irish Hills of Michigan sits in the shadows of the American Car Manufacturers in Detroit. If it’s made in America it’s all about horsepower and there is no track on the ARCA Series Tour that demands more horses than Michigan International Speedway.

For Hixson's Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK team it would be his second trip to the other MIS (Mobile International Speedway being the first). The first trip in 2013 produced a 10th place finish. “Coming off of Pocono we felt really good about our car and our chances at Michigan. We had a solid test dayon Thursday and backed that up with a solid qualifying effort. I know I’m using the word solid a lot with our Speedway car we call Batman but we have really made this car very good and really stable to drive. We’re still getting more speed out of it every week.”

The DK-LOK Ford timed in 15th position for the Corrigan Oil 200. Michigan is known for long green flag runs and with an early caution the Moose came down pit road on lap 10 to top off with Sunoco fuel. As is customary on a fuel only stop, the guys who are normally changing tires check the tires for any problems. Front tire changer Keith Showalter found a tire rub on the right front that had cut a grove in the tire and within laps would have worn through the tire putting the DK-LOK Ford in the fence. In order to stay on the lead lap Praytor left pit road and came back for a new right front tire.

“Catching the right front was big. Last year there were several right fronts that blew in the corners and a couple of the guys hit hard enough to have concussions.”

Back under green the race stayed green for 65 laps. On lap 54 under green Praytor brought the DK-LOK Ford to pit road and Gasman Kyle Snodgrass dumped 2 full cans of Sunoco fuel for the Roush-Yates Ford power plant.

With a caution on lap 76 Praytor brought the DK-LOK Ford to pit road for 4 fresh Hoosiers and topped off with Sunoco fuel for the final 20 laps to the checkered.

Back under green the solid DK-LOK ford turned wicked on the Moose. “The new tires were like driving on ice, the car was just wicked loose.” Fortunately for Praytor he had put the 15th place 5 laps down so there was plenty of cushion to nurse home a 14th place finish.

“All in all another solid weekend for our team and our DK-LOK Ford. We’re still chasing the guys up front but we’re gaining on them every week. Looking forward to the short track this weekend at Elko. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads.”

Next up, the Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care from Elko Speedway, Minnesota at 8:00 CST with live race coverage on CBS Sports Network and live timing and scoring on arcaracing.com.

Keith Showalter checking the right front while the DK-LOK Fusion gets a load of Sunoco fuel
Keith Showalter checking the right front while the DK-LOK Fusion gets a load of Sunoco fuel

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