(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – December 17, 2013) – Thomas Praytor
was named the H.G. Adcox Sportsmanship Award winner Saturday night during the
season-ending ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards banquet in Indianapolis,
Bobby Thomsen, ARCA’s technical services director, presented
the award Praytor, who was clearly surprised by the award. Thomsen said that
Praytor was a sportsman to other drivers, ARCA officials and everyone in the
ARCA garage all season long.
“He’s an upstanding young man,” Thomsen said. “Without the
support of his family, he wouldn’t have been able to run all year long.”
Praytor’s father, Tommy Praytor, served as his crew chief
throughout the season. Praytor, 23, said he was humbled by the award.
“This means so much to me,” Praytor said. “I can’t say
enough about everyone in this room.”
He came back to the podium as a top 10 driver later and reiterated
his appreciation for the award and his fellow competitors in the ARCA garage.
The H.G. Adcox Sportsmanship Award was named in honor of
Grant Adcox, a former ARCA driver who was killed during a NASCAR Winston Cup
race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is presented annually to honor someone who
exhibits the ability to show class in competition and truly defines
sportsmanship to fellow competitors, officials and fans in the ARCA Racing Series
presented by Menards.
Praytor, affectionately called “Moose,” began the 2013
season at Daytona International Speedway, driving the No. 2 owned by Wayne
Hixson, for what was supposed to be only a few races. He finished 22nd and two
laps down after battling among the top drivers for several laps early in the
Praytor and Hixson, then, remained together throughout the
season, as he ended up making 21 starts, scoring three top 10 finishes and
finishing 9th in the final driver point standings – just five points out of
As Thomsen said in introducing the award, Praytor became
known for his friendly nature in the garage area. He also helped raise money
for charity. After the Talladega race, Praytor donated the racing helmet he
wore to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind for a fundraiser auction. The helmet
was signed by him and his friend, University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.