Pensacola, FL - The only thing hotter than the August sun at Pensacola's Five Flags Speedway on Friday was the Moose. Thomas Praytor rolled into Pensacola fighting the flu and 103 degree temperature. But when your 17 and leading the points in your rookie season, at the home of the Snowball Derby the only place to get better is the seat of your racecar. While the Moose fought the flu, the team fought an ill handling racecar. Two rounds of practice had the team still looking for the right handle on the G-Force machine.
As the points leader the Moose took up the tail end of the heat race. On the start of the race, the car in front of the Moose had problems and didn't go. The contact crushed the nose on the G-Force Pontiac but more importantly the rest of the field got a straightaway head start. With an 8-lap race Thomas was able to get to the bumper of the next car in line but no further. The 8-lap heat race gave the team valuable information to improve the car for the feature. With the invert and lane swapping and a line up that only someone from the White House could understand, the Moose would start in front of the second place points contender Chris Cotto in the outside lane.
Under green, the Moose would fight the outside line for a lap or two until falling in line in the preferred groove in 3rd place. A few laps later the Moose would work his way around for second while the leader, Chris Cotto, was long gone. The race would stay green and a hot Moose would take home second. The points race has turned into a 2 man show with the Moose clinging to a 6 point lead with 3 races and a double points night left in the 2007 season.
Thomas on his night; "I'm glad we finished 2nd but we weren't as good as we were 2 weeks ago. Two weeks ago I felt like we had closed the gap on Mr. Chris (Cotto) some but we didn't show it this week. I appreciate Mr. Kerry (Stofel from Action Motorsports Authentics) coming to watch me race, I wish we had put on a better show for him. Two weeks is a double-header weekend and our last race at Mobile for the year. We've got a new set of heads we're putting in for the stretch run and the Snowball Derby. So I'm looking forward to getting back to the track."