TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 26, 2018) -- Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his Mobile, Alabama crew are continuing their long standing relationship with the Alabama Institute of Deaf and Blind (AIDB) this weekend during the running of the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jeffrey Oliver, a student at AIDB, will become a pit crew member this weekend with Praytor's Max Force Racing team.
“We always enjoy having students come over from AIDB and having Jeffrey come back to help us out is really cool," said Praytor.
And, fresh off a gold medal performance at the Special Olympics, Reese McGagahin, the Moose’s ride-along buddy from Mobile International Speedway a few weeks ago, will be with the team this weekend at Talladega.
“Talladega is so much fun for us…so many people hanging out," Praytor said. "I wish we had two Talladegas, one without the race where we can just have fun with everyone that supports us and one where we race.
“Talladega is circled on our calendar. It’s Alabama and everyone knows how much I like restrictor plate racing. We’ve proven that we have really good plate stuff and with Tab Boyd on the roof spotting we expect to be in contention.”
Boyd is William Byron's spotter in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The General Tire 200 at Talladega will be the 56th ARCA race at Talladega since the inaugural event in 1969. Former ARCA winners at Talladega include Ramo Stott, Mark Martin, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, Grant Adcox, Mike Wallace, Frank Kimmel, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon, Gus Dean and Justin Haley.
Outside of teching cars the day before, it all happens in one day at Talladega with practice for the General Tire 200 Friday morning (April 27) from 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. General Tire Pole Qualifying (group format) follows at 2:30. The General Tire 200 is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 5 Friday afternoon.
The General Tire 200 at Talladega is live on FS1. All on-track activities will be featured on live timing and scoring at arcaracing.com, plus live chat.
PRIMARY SPONSOR: Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) aidb.org
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ASSOCIATE SPONSORS: G-Force, Nudraulix, Rettigs Auto Body, APS Automotive Painters Supply, Dueitt’s Battery Supply, Airgas, MAECO Fabrication, John Thompson & Associates, Judy’s Place, Ainsworth Racing, Greer’s Food Market, Wade Distributing, VFW Post 80, Golden Flake, Mobile County Sheriff’s Department, Praytor Properties
ALABAMA INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND BLIND: The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and service program serving individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind and multi-disabled. Founded in 1858 by a young medical doctor who wanted to educate his deaf brother, AIDB now serves more than 22,500 infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors with hearing and vision loss throughout Alabama each year. WWW.AIDB.ORG
DK-LOK USA: Founded in 1986, DK-LOK Fittings and Valves supply industrial applications from analytical and process instrumentation, gas, power generation, petrochemical processing, ship building to semiconductor manufacturing. DK-LOK tube fittings, instrument pipe & weld fittings, and valves are manufactured to stringent industry standards. With the use of only the highest grade raw material and 1/1000" tolerance control on each and every part, DK-LOK assures a leak-tight seal in all process, power, and instrumentation applications. DK-LOK USA is a Mobile, Alabama based firm operating nationally and internationally.
THOMAS “MOOSE” PRAYTOR: In 2017 Thomas “Moose” Praytor became the ARCA Ironman or IronMoose by achieving more consecutive starts than any other active ARCA Driver. By the end of the 2017 season Praytor had extended his streak to 101 consecutive starts. In addition to having the most consecutive starts, IronMoose is the only active driver to finish in the top-10 in the ARCA Championship Standings for the last five seasons. For more on the Moose- www.thomaspraytor.com.
MAX FORCE RACING: Max Force Racing is based out of Mobile, Alabama and is fielding cars in its 21st season of competition.