WHEN YOU CAN HEAR HIM
A lifelong race fan, a turn behind the wheel at a Richard Petty Driving School changed Tommy’s life.
Tommy started his driving career later than most and has collected an impressive list of destruction: 7 nose pieces, 21 door panels, 5 rear bumpers, 6 engines, 19 quarter panels, 16 fenders, and 1 race car that was so badly damaged that it was cut into 3 foot sections so it would fit in a dumpster. In 2004 Tommy added personal body parts to the broken car parts when he broke his back, chest and finger at Pensacola’s 5 Flags Speedway.
Somehow, Tommy has been able to take his Pontiac to victory lane 22 times and just missed setting a new track record at Mobile International Speedway by .09 seconds.
Tommy’s proudest accomplishment in racing came not behind the wheel but as the crew chief for his son Thomas “Moose” Prater when he won the Alabama State Championship and picked up Rookie of the Year honors at Mobile International Speedway.
Having become familiar with how to destroy racecars on a local level, Tommy took his talents to NASCAR. As a spotter he’s worked at every level of the sport, ARCA Series, Camping World Trucks, Nationwide and Sprint Cup. He’s worked with and wrecked guys in almost every series, Jason Jarrett, Ricky Craven, Frank Kimmell, Dan Pardus and Mobile’s Rick Crawford. About the only guy he didn’t wreck was Hollywood stuntman Stanton Barrett.
Taking a hint that his active racing career might not be as long as he would like, Tommy turned to broadcasting. Over his broadcasting career he has hosted Optima Batteries ARCA Racing This Week on The Outdoor Channel, color commentator for the ARCA ReMax Series TV Broadcast with MRNs Joe Moore and hosted a cooking segment on Southern Experience. Tommy has been part of 2, 1-hour documentaries on the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Tommy was the movie coordinator for Warner Brother’s Final Destination IV.
Currently, Tommy is the racing analyst for WNSP and on Wednesday nights he hosts Inside Alabama Racing on WNSP 105.5.
When not on the air Tommy is president of Praytor Realty in Mobile and is the public relations coordinator for Mobile International Speedway and the ARCA-Mobile 200.