Despite his "underdog" status and all-volunteer UNOH crew, Thomas Praytor finished a career-best fifth in ARCA national championship points in 2016. Praytor, nicknamed the "Moose", once hiked footballs to University of Alabama’s national champion quarterback A.J. McCarron in high school, and began his racing career in Bandolero cars at the age of 12. Then he moved into the Late Model ranks at Mobile Int’l Speedway and Five Flags Speedway. He then set his sights on ARCA where he finished ninth in national championship driver points in 2013, his first full season. He then finished seventh in championship standings in 2014, eighth in 2015 and seventh in 2017. Praytor is now a top-10 championship points finisher in 5 consecutive years 2013 - 2017.
In 106 career ARCA starts since 2012, Thomas finished a career-best seventh at Mobile Int'l Speedway in 2015 where he led one lap. Praytor competed in all 20 events in 2017, with a season high finish of 11th at the DuQuoin mile dirt. Thomas also finished eighth at the Springfield Mile Dirt in 2016, eighth at Berlin Raceway in 2016, ninth at DuQuoin in 2016, ninth at Winchester Speedway in 2013 and ninth at Madison Int'l Speedway in 2016. His career-best superspeedway finish is 10th at Michigan Int’l Speedway in 2013. Praytor also finished 10th at Nashville in 2015, 10th at Elko Speedway in 2013, 11th at Winchester in 2016, 12th at Talladega in 2016 & 2017, 13th at Springfield in 2017, 13th at Madison in 2017, 13th at DuQuoin in 2015, 14th at Daytona in 2018, 14th at Salem in 2017, 14th at Salem and Kentucky in 2016, 14th at Daytona, Toledo & Michigan in 2016, 14th at Kansas in 2015, 14th at Toledo in 2017, 14th at Winchester in 2017, 14th at Kentucky in 2017< 14th at Madison Int’l Speedway in 2013, 15th at Chicagoland and Kansas in 2016, 15th at Salem, New Jersey and Winchester in 2015, 15th at Elko in 2017 and 15th at Iowa in 2016. After driving for longtime ARCA car owner Wayne Hixson for two full seasons, Praytor has started his own race team (Max Force Racing) for 2015 based out of his hometown Mobile, Alabama. The "Moose" opened the 2015 season with a 24th place finish (on the lead lap) in the Lucas Oil ARCA 200 at Daytona. When he isn't racing, he's selling real estate and managing properties for his father's real estate agency.
Education: University of South Alabama
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, golf
Favorite Movie: Anchorman
Favorite Food: Judy's Place in Mobile, AL
Favorite Racing Memory: ARCA Mobile 200 in 2015
Hometown: Mobile, AL
DOB: Feb 28, 1990