Praytor ready for 'northern swing' of ARCA races

(MILLVILLE, N.J. – The Great Railing 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park is the beginning of ARCA’s northern spring tour with four races in 20 days rambling from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to Michigan to Minnesota.

After completing both road course events in 2013, Mobile, Ala. native Thomas Praytor comes to New Jersey with “Veteran” status.

“The road courses are fun and New Jersey is a first class facility but just because I finished both last year I don’t think of myself as a veteran, more of a survivor,” said Praytor. “I’m looking forward to slinging our REALTOR/DK-LOK Chevy around the road course. You’re always busy inside the car setting up each corner, shifting, braking then back up through the gear box. I learned last year at Road America you can’t be real aggressive or you’ll end up stuck in the kitty litter.”

Praytor will be driving the Hixson Chassis No. 5, nicknamed “Pooh,” as in “Winnie the Pooh.” The car was used in road courses last season and is seeing its first on-track activity of the year in New Jersey.

Praytor is currently ninth in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings.

The ‘Moose’ finished ninth in the championship standings and collected the AG Adcox Sportsmanship Award in 2013.

Along the way, the all-volunteer team collected three top 10s, was the second driver in the Fast Track Driver Challenge, third in the CGS Imaging Hard Charger Award, fourth in the S & S Volvo Laps Completed Award and fourth in the Scotts Rookie Challenge. The

Moose started cutting his racing teeth at 8-years-old on short tracks across the Southeast, racking up local and state titles along the way. The Moose and his Max Force Racing Team earned the Ironman Status of the Gulf Coast in 2011 for competing in every Late Model (Pro & Super) Race at Mobile International Speedway and Five Flags Speedway, finishing in the top 10 in the Championship standings at both tracks.

In 2012, Praytor made his first ARCA start in the inaugural ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway. He also raced in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega with Andy Belmont Racing and rounded out the season with a couple of starts for Venturini Motorsports.