Thomas Praytor 3-20-11: With less than a week before opening weekend the Moose rolled out his Turner Motorsports Super Late Model for a day of testing at Mobile International Speedway. The learning curve for our driver and our team in going from a Pro-Late Model to a Super Late Model is much like going from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series. The cars are different, faster and the level of competition is stiffer. "Going to the next level is always exciting and demanding. All the preparation, all the laps we've turned would come into play but nothing beats being in the seat," said Thomas. Driving a Super Late Model will make the 7th class of car the Moose has driven at the ripe old age of 21. The Moose showed his rookie stripes early but not for long as the team was soon scrambling trying to keep up with the Moose's progress. As expected with any new car there were a few gremlins but they were minimal as the Moose pounded the high banks of the MIS racing surface for close to 100 laps over the 6 hours test. "Our team did a great job, they gave me a solid car and we made it better as the test went on. Our new McGunigell engine performed flawlessly. I didn't go as fast as I wanted to but I have to keep reminding myself that this was my first day. I'm really looking forward to this weekend," offered the Moose. Testing is scheduled for Thursday night at Pensacola's 5 Flags Speedway with the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship Season starting on Friday with the Buddy's Home Furnishings Blizzard series at 5 Flags and the Miller Lite 100 at Mobile International Speedway a Rick Crawford Performance Track on Saturday night.
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