In racing, there are no sick days. Whatever the challenge ahead, you have to face it head on. Such was the week that confronted racer Brandon Arthur. Just days before he was to compete in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series “Fight Under the Lights” event in Las Vegas, he was in the hospital with a high fever. With a race to run, he could not simply call in sick. He sucked it up and headed off to Vegas to fulfill his obligations to his team, his sponsors and his fans.
Running at 50% in practice, Brandon was still faster than most but the fever had an ill effect on him when he hit the track for qualifying. “We qualified the Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries Pro Lite 5th in our group for Saturday and had to use a provisional to get in the race”, Said Brandon, “It did not go well for us; we finished in 11th place. After the race, I was worked, I was still feeling very sick. Saturday night the monsoon rains came in so Sunday was rained out.”
The rains inundated the track creating a mud bog and forcing the postponement of round 13. Any team hates to lose an opportunity to race. It takes a huge amount of time and effort getting the truck prepped and to the track but the rain-out was a blessing in disguise for Brandon. It would give him time to recover and put forth a better effort for Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Toyo Tires, FOX Racing Shox, Magnaflow, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, Trailready Beadlocks, Wirefab, Summers Brothers, ECP Powder Coating, F&L Race Fuels, Maxima Racing Oils, Mastercraft Safety Equipment, FiberwerX, Heat Shield Products and graphics by Bink Designs when the race date is made up at Lake Elsinore October 23rd.
Only a few days later, Brandon was in a different town, a different truck and feeling much better. Good enough to fly his Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries, Toyo Tires Trophy Truck 142 feet off a huge jump in El Centro, Ca. The Imperial Big Air Shootout presented by the City of Imperial and sponsored by Rogers & Rogers Automotive group was a special event that took place ahead of the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge. Brandon’s 142 foot long leap earned him second place in the jump competition in front of thousands of fans.
Brandon’s truck was not the only thing flying high in El Centro. He was back in the desert where he cut his teeth racing; ready to take on the fastest in the SCORE International desert racing series on his home turf. The Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge was a short course style desert race with competitors starting side by side before doing 8 laps of the roughly 8 mile course.
“The course was fun; it was great being back in the desert,” said Brandon, “We had an alternator issue on Saturday that cost us some down time but we were running strong on Sunday until they called the race. We ended up finishing 5th place for the weekend. We’re pretty excited about that.” After getting rained out by monsoon weather in Las Vegas, it was now a virtual haboob that interrupted racing at the Desert Challenge. With so many 800 horsepower trucks on the short course at the same time, the dust was blinding.
For safety’s sake, the event was cut short. Despite a crazy week, Brandon and his Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries Toyo Tires race team refused to let up. With the final race weekend of the Lucas Oil series quickly approaching, they won’t be letting up anytime soon.