Thomas Praytor Mobile 05.02.11: Coming off a pole in Pensacola the Moose had a little extra swagger in his step as he returned to the friendly confines of Mobile International Speedway a Rick Crawford Performance Track for Round 2 of the Midwest Cooling Tower 100 lap series. Off the trailer the Moose's Legend Cellars Fusion was solid and with an early qualifying draw the team prepped for qualifying. The third car out, the Moose set the fast time for the provisional pole and then had to wait for each competitor take their swing at him. One by one they got close but couldn't top the Moose's time and then in almost an instant replay from Pensacola, the next to the last car, the man he had beaten for the pole in Pensacola, DJ Vanderley took the top spot by 4 one hundreths of a second. "Really happy for our team, they have been working really hard on getting our Legend Cellars Fusion up front and having back to back front row starts is a big statement for our race team," said the Moose. For 2 straight weeks the front row would be Praytor and VanderLey as the battle of Old Shell Road continues between the UMS and St. Paul's graduates. This week VanderLey had a crew-member roll the dice and he did better than the Moose the week before but not by much, it would be an 8 car invert.
The Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Cooling Towers, Juanita Wiltz got the party started by waving the green flag. The Moose worked his way up to 4th by the halfway point. Christine started a little tight and after the halfway point she started to get really tight. By lap 80 tight had turned into pushing like a dump truck and the Moose slid back to an 8th place finish. "Disappointed in the finish but we keep working on making our stuff last 100 laps. Really appreciate all the support we've gotten this year, next time we'll have the Snake back at the track with us and maybe we can have a better finish," said Thomas.
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