Brandon Arthur had an impressive win in round 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway. Unlike many of the popular TV reality shows, his victory did not give him any immunity when racing resumed during rounds 11 and 12 at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada. The Prolite class is stacked with talented drivers just like Brandon and they all want to win. The halfway point of the season has gone by and as the number of rounds left start to shrink, it’s getting rough out on the track.
Brandon started the race weekend well in his Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid IndustriesProlite; running second fastest during qualifying. He started up front in round 11 alongside defending champion Brian Deegan. “I started getting pushed back in the field after the start,” said Brandon, “I got taken wide on lap 2 which dropped me back a couple of spots. I fell back to 8th place before the set-up started to come in and my Toyo Tires started to really hook up. I worked my way back up to 5th but on the re-start I got spun out in turn one. Despite some damage, I was able to get to the finish for 12th place.”
It was time for the crew to come through following Friday night’s bash fest. One of Brandon’s rear FOXexternal bypass shocks had a dent in it due to contact in turn one. It got him to the finish but it needed to be repaired before round 12. Being resourceful desert racing veterans, they welded a trailer hitch ball to the end of some tubing to act as a die. They heated the shock body with a torch and pressed the dent out from the inside with their makeshift tool. They reassembled the shock and it was good to go again. The team’s FOX Shox are only one of the components they have selected to make their Prolite truck competitive. Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, FOX Racing Shox, Magnaflow,Aeromotive Fuel Systems, Trailready Beadlocks, Toyo Tires, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Wirefab,Summers Brothers, ECP Powder Coating, F&L Race Fuels, Maxima Racing Oils, FiberwerX, Heat Shield Products, graphics by Bink Designs and Mastercraft Safety Equipment all contribute to their success on the track.
During qualifying for round 12 Brandon was 4th fastest. He was running well until a spin in turn 3 put him back in the field. He battled the rest of the race finishing in 6th place. Brandon and the team were able to overcome some adversity in Nevada and maintain their points position in the top ten. They have proven they are capable of consistently running up front and ultimately winning. Brandon has accomplished many of his rookie season goals and surpassed others but the Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries Prolite team is just getting started. Their competitive drive and bag of tricks continues to grow with every round of racing. Next up it’s Vegas Baby! Rounds 13 and 14 will be held under the lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV September 19 – 20.
Photography By: Brian Binkert
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