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Career Best Dirt Finish Jumps Praytor to 5th in Championship

“Career best finish” has become a regular phrase for Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team in 2016. And after the Central Illinois 100 a career best finish vaulted the Alabama driver to the top 5 in the driver Championship standings, another “career best”.

Praytor made the call 2 weeks ago to gamble and take his best short track car RK500 to the dirt versus last year’s dirt car “Bubba”.

“We don’t have a lot of resources but we are in the hunt for our best season ever and we are going to use the best we have at every track and RK500 is our best short track DK-LOK Ford,” said Praytor.

The first laps off the trailer the team knew the Moose had made the right call and the Alabama driver was pitching his Roush Yates powered Ford through corners with some of the best dirt drivers in the country.

With qualifying cancelled Praytor and his DK-LOK Machine would roll of 14th based on practice speeds.

“Joe Cooksey came back and helped us and I just can’t tell you the confidence we have when Joe is with our team. His years of experience on dirt and in the ARCA Series, you know you are making the right calls.”

The 2016 installment at Springfield started like most, rather tamely and the Moose was picking off competitors and worked his way in and out of the top 10 most of the day.

“We spent the first half of the race coming down pit road making adjustments for what we thought the track would be for the final laps and Joe was gauging what was happening to the racetrack as the laps clicked off.”



At the halfway point 3 cars appeared to be about equal Praytor, Sarah Cornett Ching moonlighting from the NASCAR K & N Series and Tyler Speer who normally is behind the wheel of his drag boat going 240 MPH driving for Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing.

“Racing with Sarah and Tyler was so much fun and aggravating at the same time. All you had to do was slip a little and they were by you, then you spent 5 laps setting them back up waiting for them to slip and you were by them. It’s fun racing with people you can trust through the corners.”

Past the halfway mark the level of intensity on the track was picking up and the give and take was going away as Springfield was starting to look like Berlin from 2 weeks ago.

As the pace intensified so did the “encouragement” from the spotters stand. “You can tell what kind of car we have by the intensity of my spotter. In horse racing terms just past the halfway point he started putting the spurs to me, with 20 to go he had the whip out and on the final restarts he had whip, spurs and double handful of mane whipping what was left to the finish line.”

Not only was the field whipped into a frenzy so was the mile long dirt track as it became a cauldron of dust that was at times impossible to see through. “Those last few restarts we just beat the crap out of car and everyone around us, you were just guessing were turn 1 was and everyone around you, it was wild.”

When the dust settled the DK-LOK Ford had bounced it’s way into a career best dirt finish of 8th moving the team into the top 5 in the ARCA Championship standings.

“Really a solid day for our race team, can’t thank Joe Cooksey enough for helping us out. Our UNOH crew had another solid day on pit road. We have some bent up sheet metal we need to fix and we’re looking forward to DuQuoin.”

With just 5 races left to go, the ARCA Series has a weekend off before heading to the second and final dirt race of the 2016 season, the General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin under the lights on September 4th.



ARCA Get to Know Thomas Praytor

In 2016 ARCA has been producing a series of “Get To Know” video segments with some of the top drivers in the Series. Unfortunately, they sent the newest addition to the ARCA PR team Katie Wernke to interview Thomas “Moose” Praytor. The actual interview was over 30 minutes long but Katie was only able to salvage about 3 minutes to use for this segment. You get a sense in the first 10 seconds that this interview is already off the tracks, Thomas picked inside the safer barrier at Pocono for the location. If you were ever wondering if race car drivers were let’s say different, well here is your answer.

  Praytor-McCarron Score Again at AIDB Race Fever

Alabama’s Thomas “Moose” Praytor has been fortunate enough to race at Talladega for the last 5 seasons and each year rain or shine, tore up car or not his final stop is the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blinds (AIDB) Race Fever Auction at the Talladega Hall of Fame.

“People hear me say all the time we are all very lucky to be doing what we’re doing and we need to give back when we can. As an Alabama driver Talladega is a special place to me and I’ve been able to take part in Race Fever every time we’ve raced here,” offered Praytor.

As they have done in the past, Praytor and his high school teammate AJ McCarron contributed a McCarron Styled Racing Helmet to the auction. “G-Force Racing Gear gives us the helmet, our buddies at Advanced Collision painted it and Racing Electronics was nice enough to wire it up for us. The helmet we auction has just finished the race and I guess that’s the lucky part for me, so far I’ve been able to deliver that helmet to the auction.”

After a round with MRNs Postman Steve Post, Praytor signs autographs for the kids and the fans before returning to the stage to work with Fox Sports Darrel Waltrip on whipping up a big pay day for AIDB. “Thomas, or as we like to call him Moose Muffin has become a really big part of our festivities,” said Jessica Parker with AIDB Race Fever. “He’s always great with our kids and fans, our crowd is mostly from Alabama and having an AJ helmet is big in this part of the world.”

The helmet is normally a big ticket item and this year got within $300 of a Racing Hall of Fame helmet signed by- Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Ray Fox, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson and Red Farmer. “The whole Race Fever Experience just makes you feel good, the kids, the fans, the place, Postman, DW, the ladies from AIDB that work it, it’s just an incredible experience to be a part of it. Hopefully, next year I’ll get another shot at running Talladega and hopefully I’ll be able to bring over another sweaty helmet for DW to auction off.”

The ARCA Series has a couple of weeks off before beginning the Northern swing with 4 races in 21 days, Toledo, New Jersey, Pocono and Michigan.

About Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind: At Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB), the education continuum begins at birth and lasts a lifetime. AIDB is uniquely known as the world’s most comprehensive education and service program for children and adults of all ages with hearing and vision loss. We serve more than 20,500 individuals each year in all 67 counties of the state. This commitment to excellence is carried out through three residential schools, serving children, ages 3 to 21 from across the state (Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind and Helen Keller School of Alabama) in addition to an education and rehabilitation program for adults, ages 16 and older (Gentry Facility), an industrial, manufacturing complex (Alabama Industries for the Blind) and a statewide network of regional centers (Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia). For a tour or additional .


Praytor Talks Safety With Special Group of Boy Scouts

With a break in the ARCA Series schedule Thomas “Moose” Praytor has been overseeing the installation of a new safety initiative at Mobile International Speedway. The hands on experience at the track coupled with 17 years of experience behind the wheel gave Praytor a unique perspective to talk Safety and Teamwork with a special group of Boy Scouts at Augusta Evans School.

“We’ve always had a unique relationship with Augusta Evans,” said Praytor. “In High School my twin sister, Hayley, was one of the sponsors of the program from St. Paul’s and we always make sure they have plenty of race tickets.”

Augusta Evans is a school for special needs kids from K-12 grade that not only teaches basic education, but prepares them to get a job and be able to take care of themselves. The Boy Scout and Girl Scout Program are a big part of achieving those goals.

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“Mrs. Lerner, the kids from St Paul’s and all the teachers at Augusta Evans do a great job working with the students. I had a great time spending the afternoon showing the Scouts some of the safety features inside of our DK-LOK Ford. The kids always have a lot of enthusiasm and are eager to learn, I’m happy they let us be a part of their program.”

Praytor and his Mobile based DK-LOK team have a few more weeks off before getting back to action in the Nashville ARCA 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway on April 9th.

Augusta Evans School: Augusta Evans School was organized to provide a quality education, appropriate for mentally handicapped students of Mobile County and individualized to meet each of these student's needs. The faculty, staff and parents of Evans School are dedicated to insuring that every special needs individual receives an education of the highest quality, an education appropriately designed for each individual, an education which provides each individual with the skills necessary to become a productive citizen, and an education delivered in a setting designed to allow each student to develop to his maximum potential.The faculty and staff of Augusta Evans School take pride in its leadership role in Special Education in Mobile County.  Realizing that continuing research and continuing preparation are necessary to facilitate change in any endeavor, the Evans professionals are dedicated to providing their educational expertise to the MR community in Mobile County.


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This site and our team are dedicated to winning and having fun.  Each week during the season we will update this site with a report of racing action from the previous week.  We will also be posting pictures of the team and scenes from the track.  Originally this site was designed for Tommy Praytor and his Fat Boy Racing team.  Over the last few years Tommy's son Thomas has been making a mark on the racing scene and  Thomas's or Thomoose's   racing has been added to our site.  On June 4th, 2001 the Praytor family lost their third child, Max.  In 2002 we changed the name of our combined racing efforts to Max Force Racing in his memory. 

This page was last updated on 08/23/16.