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Project Semi Colon Ford Rumbles to Another Top 15 at Indy

Racing in Indianapolis is always big but in the word of Donald Trump this weekend was “HUGE”. A stacked 35 car field filled with ARCA regulars and cars tied to the NASCAR garage racing down the street made for one of the most competitive short track events of the season.

Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his Project Semi Colon Ford unloaded strong  off the hauler, half a second faster than last year’s Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway.

“Our shop work and the effort we are putting in to our cars before we go to the track are really paying off when we unload. Our Project Semi Colon Ford was close and we were able to tweak on it all during practice looking for more speed.”

The tweaks paid off and the Moose picked up another half second in qualifying and would roll off 22nd.  “Our car was good enough to be in the top 10 in a normal short track race but with the field we had Friday night we were 22nd.”

As has become the norm of late, the Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 ripped off 80 something green flag laps without a caution. The project Semi Colon Ford had crept its way to inside the top 20 conserving tires.

Under caution, the Moose came to pit road for 2 General Tires and Sunoco Fuel. Back under green the field would make another 30 laps when the caution flew and this time Praytor was almost in it.

“I had a big run off of turn 2 and there was a car sideways and a bunch of smoke. I flat spotted all 4 tires getting wooed up.”

Now Praytor would need 4 Generals and a load of Sunoco. UNOH crew made a nice stop keeping the Project Semi Colon Ford on the same lap and then went next door to pit the 10 of Rick Clifton.

“We were a little out of sequence and the 4 new Generals were a lot of fun, we passed a lot of cars during that next segment. I think some of the Ilmores were surprised to see us slide by them.”

As the race wore on and the other teams got ahead on tires the Project Semi Colon Ford would come home a solid 15th.

“Out short track cars have really moved up a notch or 2 up this year and our Fords have been really good allowing us to make them better. One of these days we will have a new Ilmore and we will be able to give these guys a run for their money all the way to the finish. Congratulations to Chase Briscoe and the guys at Cunningham, that’s 3 in a row, they are making us all look bad. Proud to have Project Semi Colon on our car again, Amy and her team are doing a great job.”

Short 2 days in shop for Team DK-LOK before heading to Pocono for the ModSpace150.


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.

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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 07/24/16.