Alabama - Thomas Praytor, better known as the Moose, started another double-header weekend of racing on the Gulf Coast with a stop at Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway. The Moose entered the weekend as the Championship point's leader in Pensacola trying to fend off veteran Chris Cotto, track champion and Snowball Derby winner for the title. Off the trailer the Moose was quick and looking for a good night. Being the point's leader the Moose started at the tail end of the heat race.
With the drop of the green flag, the Moose was on the hunt and by the 2nd lap had the lead and went on to win by 10 car lengths. The win would be the first leg in hitting the cycle for the weekend. In the feature the Moose would again take up the tail end, because of his finishing position in the last race. With the drop of the green flag the Moose was on the move quickly picking off competitors. By the time the Moose cleared the field, the leader, Cotto, had opened up a 10 car length lead. With clean air the Moose was on the hunt again. Lap by lap the Moose closed on the leader, picking up a car length every lap, by lap 20 the Moose was on the leader. Just as the Moose was ready to start working for the lead a caution flag would fly. The race would restart with 5 to go, the Moose’s car was not as good on the short run and 5 laps was not enough to mount a challenge again for the lead.
With a solid start to the weekend in the books, the G-Force team spent a long day in the shop to prepare for Saturday night at Mobile International Speedway. The two tracks have become completely different and it takes 4-5 hours to change the car from the Pensacola setup to the Mobile setup. Currently 2nd in the championship points standings at Mobile International Speedway the Moose is chasing another veteran for the title. Off the trailer the G-Force Pontiac was struggling. The team kept making changes throughout both practice sessions all the way up to qualifying. The Moose posted a 4th place qualifying effort but the car was not up to the team's expectations. Another round of changes and the Moose lined up for the heat race. Heat racing at MIS may be the most exciting 6 laps in Motorsports, with the fast cars in the back and only 6 laps to get to the front.
With the drop of the green flag the Moose committed to the outside lane, not a place for the feint of heart. The inside line was bottled up and the Moose was making headway on the outside. With 3 to go he was 5th, 2 to go he was 3rd looking for 2nd. With the Moose moving up on the outside line, the inside line decided it was time to go and they moved the leader up out of the groove and in the path of the Moose. The outside lane was done and the Moose had to settle for 4th. For the 20 lap feature the Moose would start 4th and by lap 3 the top 3 settled into the positions they would finish and the Moose would finish 3rd. The 3rd place finish in Mobile would complete the cycle for the weekend, 1st and 2nd in Pensacola, 3rd and 4th in Mobile.
Thomas on his weekend: "We've been chasing a win at Pensacola and I'm pumped up to finally get one. We're in a battle with Mr. Chris (Cotto) for the championship and I don't think many people are giving us a shot at winning it but we are not going to quit until the final lap in September. We struggled in Mobile on Saturday night but everyone just kept working and we had a much better car in the feature. Mobile is a 3-way race for the championship and we're sandwiched between 2 track champions. Mr. Howard (Langham) and Mr. Shannon (Jackson) have been fun to race with all year. They had us covered Saturday night but we'll try and catch them next time."