Tommy Praytor Photo's
1999 WINSTON CUP ACTION
TALLEDEGA SUPER SPEEDWAY
The big boys came back to Alabama for the Fall version of 3 & 4 wide hold your breath for 500 miles racing. Our cup team was unable to make the trip because we wrecked our primary super speedway car and we weren't able to get a replacement in time for the race. Dan Pardus, our first cup driver, ran in the ARCA race the day before the cup race and we did a little cooking for the team. Before it was over, Ward Davis and I helped with tires on pit stops. Dan lead the race before being knocked out of the race under caution. Sunday was another great day with a lot of great racing, with Dale Earnhardt taking the sweep of Talledega for the year.
Race winner Dale Earnhardt.
Thats me giving Dan Pardus and his crew cheif a few pointers on set up for Talledega. You can see they're more interested in my cooking. Speaking of cooking Phil Huber got some great action shots of my cooking. Thats all the action I get at Talledega. Of course I keep taking my helmet just in case somebody needs a stand in.
Picture Gallery from Talledega
SHORT TRACK ACTION
We took the week off from local racing, went to Bristol, watched a great race, the leader was spun on the last lap and a big controversy was started. Wasn't it nice of those guys to make us feel like we were home. Brain Yarber, Tom Claxton and I spent 2 days with the Midwest Transit Team having a great time and watching a lot of great racing. The 50 team was working with a new car and was under the gun all weekend long. They got the car in the field and quickly had problems that ultimately led to an early night.
Bristol really takes the teams back to their roots. There are no garage areas and some of the cars were worked on at the trailer. The points leaders got to work on pit road, but everybody else grabbed a spot and went to work.
The crew making a stop trying to
fix what couldn't be fixed. It made for a short night after a long 2 days.
MANDATORY TESTING FOR GM CARS AT
On July 19th & 20th NASCAR held
mandatory testing for all GM cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Midwest
Team and new driver Ricky Craven were fresh off a great run at Louden and were geared up
for a run at the Brick Yard. The team invited me to testing with a catch, I
had to cook. Since it was testing, not a race, we had the only trailer cooking and
we became one of the most popular stops going into the garage area. During our 2
days there we had a chance to talk with most of the drivers, Jeff Gordon, Ward Burton,
Kyle Petty, Michael Waltrip, Mike Skinner, Steve Parks, Bobby Hamilton, Ernie Irvan, Rich
Bickle (Fresh off his Pensacola win), Jeff Green and Ricky Craven.
When you walk into Gasoline Alley for the first time you can feel the history of Indy. The next thing you notice is how narrow the track is and how close the stands are to the track. The drivers talk about going down the front straight away and feeling like they are driving into a sea of people.
OK, he looks like a little old lady at an outdoor church social but that's Lake Speed hiding under that umbrella.
Hot rookie driver Tony Stewart, next to his Home Depot Pontiac. The biggest joke in the garage area is those yellow rookie stripes on the rear bumper.
Pocono winner Bobby Labonte in his Indy test car.
NEW PAINT SCHEME FOR
Thets me talking with the only cup driver I can sub for, Ken Buchard, driver of the Island Oasis, 84 car.
All the big shots were at Talledega, Jamie & Tommy Praytor (Mom & Dad) inspecting pit road before the race.
Dan Pardus gets ready to make another test run in the Midwest Transit Racing Monte Carlo.
Sterling Marlin had the fast car during 2 days of testing.
Tom Claxton & Tommy looking important on top of the hauler. We did Tom's radio show live from the speed during testing.
Dale Earnhardt talking over the handling of his car.
Ray Evernham talking with Bobby Hillin who was subbing for Jeff Gordon.
Praytor Animation Links with Mid West Transit Racing
On March 1, 1999 at Atlanta Motor Speedway we announced our associate sponsorship with Mid West Transit Racing and driver Dan Pardus. Our association is immediate but because we are an Alabama based company we wanted our stickers to debut at Talladega in April. Dan Pardus is an exciting rookie driver in Winston Cup Racing who made a name for himself in 1998 when he made the field in Daytona with an independant effort. The team will run Hendrick Motors and plan on a full schedule.
Tom Claxton, Dan Pardus & Tommy Praytor, doing Claxton's Radio show live from Atlanta
The Mid West Transit Racing Monte Carlo all decked out and ready to go!
New Atlanta car during test session.