INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 7, 2017) -- Thomas “Moose” Praytor started his ARCA career with his thumb out begging for a ride. Now flash-forward six seasons and the Mobile, Alabama driver leads all active drivers in longevity heading in to this year’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national championship banquet Saturday night in Indianapolis.
In 2017 Praytor reached "ironman" status, celebrating his 100th career ARCA start at Road America, then 100 consecutive starts at Kentucky. For one more good measure, the Kansas finale made it 101 consecutive starts for Praytor.
“It’s hard to believe…Belmont and Venturini gave me a couple of opportunities to get their cars in the race and we really didn’t have a plan. We bought an old car from Belmont and decided to try and make Daytona. With Wayne Hixson's help that turned into Daytona, Mobile and Talladega. And we’re still here.”
Praytor is the only driver to have finished in the top-10 championship standings in each of the last five seasons. While earning top-10 championship finishes, Praytor has racked up 12,542 laps, more than double every other competitor in this year's top-10.
“The stats are incredible. I still think of myself as a driver at Mobile International Speedway. I think we’ve proved we belong…our next step in 2018 is to move our race team into a top-10 weekly finisher.”
The ARCA Championship Awards Banquet is this Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The formal, black-tie awards ceremony will honor the 2017 ARCA Racing Series champions (Ken Schrader Racing and driver Austin Theriault) as well as other top series drivers and special award winners. Banquet attendees will also enjoy a very nice sit-down dinner to be served at their tables.
The Indiana Convention Center is convenient because it's connected to just about everything one needs for the weekend -- the same-weekend PRI convention and trade show, the Circle Centre Mall, food options galore, the Westin Hotel, the Marriott and more.
The festivities will kick off with a hosted reception from 4 to 5:15 p.m. with the awards program scheduled to start promptly at 5:30. Doors to the banquet hall open at 5:15.