1000 Miles to 'Dega: Praytor's Quest from Mobile

(TALLADEGA, Ala. - May 3, 2012) - Earlier this week, ARCARacing.com featured the story of Mobile, Ala. driver Thomas Praytor, who launched a statewide tour to showcase his No. 2 Realtor Ford to various groups throughout Alabama.

After more than 1000 miles of driving, Praytor and the Belmont/Hixson Ford arrived at Talladega Superspeedway for yesterday's technical inspection period.

"After a thousand miles to Talladega Superspeedway and hundreds of realtors, pictures, and autographs...I'm living a dream - just 250 more miles to go," said Praytor, who visited numerous realtor and school groups along the way.

Inspection resulted in the team having to make some minor changes before practice begins today at 10 a.m. Central. 

“I'm really ready to get back on track and see if the mandated spring and shock package from ARCA is as good as what we tested with," Praytor said. "(Crew chief) Lee Leslie and the guys have really worked hard today to knock out all the small stuff ARCA required them to fix. Our Realtor Fusion was solid at the test and we will be working on some drafting packages that will make it more stable in the draft.”

ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage of practice for all three hours today, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The same is true for Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell, which will begin at 5:05 Central.

Tomorrow's International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 will air live on SPEED at 4 p.m. Central (5 Eastern), and also over the radio and on ARCARacing.com, as presented by WTDR Thunder 92.7 FM, an Alabama station. Praytor will be the in-race reporter on the radio broadcast.

“What better way to get a feel for the race than Alabama’s own, the 'Moose,' in his first start at Talladega,” said Jim Jacobs, anchor for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250. “We think our listeners will get a fresh perspective from Thomas.”

To visit Praytor's journey through Alabama leading up to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250, click the following links.

Day 1 - Friday, April 27

Day 2 - Saturday, April 28

Day 3 - Sunday, April 29

Day 4 - Monday, April 30

Day 5 - Tuesday, May 1

Inspection at Talladega Superspeedway - Wednesday, May 2

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