Big plans for "Moose" in '15...Starts with number change for DK-LOK Ford

Big plans for "Moose" in '15...Starts with number change for DK-LOK Ford

(MOBILE, Ala. – January 7, 2015) – With sponsorship from DK-LOK USA, Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his Mobile, Alabama-based Max Force Race Team will attempt to become the first full-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team based out of Mobile, Alabama.

The last two seasons Praytor and Max Force Racing have been paired with Soddy Daisy, Tennessee’s Wayne Hixson Motorsports. Praytor is coming off of his best ARCA season finishing seventh in the championship standings in 2014.

“This is a huge opportunity for our race team,” said Thomas Praytor. “We really could not have gotten here without Pam and Wayne Hixson believing in me and making the last two years possible. We wish them the best with the 2 car and the 3 car in the future.”

There will be a lot of changes for Praytor’s Max Force team in 2015. First and foremost, the team will be changing from the number 2 to the number 9. While changes will be a theme in 2015, some things will remain the same…the Moose will continue to pilot DK-LOK Fords powered by rock-solid Roush Yates horsepower.

“As a company we were new to motorsports marketing in 2014 and we had no idea how great a marketing tool Thomas and our DK-LOK team could be,” said Bob Slaughter, President of DK-LOK USA. “Our employees love it, our distributors are bringing customers to the track and we have created business opportunities inside the ARCA garage. The Moose and our race team have been a win-win for our company.”

The hometown Mobile angle is big for the Moose.

“We take a great deal of pride in being from Mobile and having an international firm based in Mobile like DK-LOK. It means a lot to us having DK-LOK be part of our race team,” continued Praytor.

Max Force Racing is entering its 18th year of racing competition that began with a single car at Mobile International Speedway.

“Becoming a full time ARCA team is definitely our most aggressive move as a company," said team owner Tommy Praytor. "We have a bunch of goals for 2015…first is testing in Daytona next week followed by the race in February. Our next goal is the ARCA Mobile 200 in March, then Nashville, Salem and Talladega. A guy that knows a little bit about this business told me, in order to race a full season you have to start with plans to be at the first race. And that’s how we are approaching our first standalone ARCA season. Our next goal is to promote racing talent from the Mobile area. We believe there are highly skilled and motivated team members in Mobile that can take our team from an ARCA start up to a contender.”

First up for the DK-LOK Team will be turning the Moose loose in Daytona on January 16th, testing for the 52nd annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real coming February 14, 2015.

CONTACT: Tommy Praytor,


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This really shows the Praytor family's commitment to the series. It will be great to see them back for another season.

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Brad  Smith

Good Luck to the Praytor's as they take their efforts to the next level.  They're a great father-son team that was a pleasure to work with in 2013.  I hope they get off to a strong start in 2015 and have a great season.


Tim D.

ARCA Racing.

ARCA Racing Series

Cool. Sounds like the "Moose" is making fans. We certainly wish him well. He and his father have worked really hard over the last three years here.


Great story to read, Don! Thanks for sharing this with his fans. I wish the #9 team the best of luck in the ARCA 2015 season.

It is so great to see that Ford team will stick with the "open-engine" and that great, Roush-Yates Engines horsepower. Will be watching to see how they run at the next Daytona-test.