Brandon “The Stinger” Arthur had another solid weekend of racing when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series travelled to the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT. for rounds 5 and 6. Brandon came into the weekend sitting in second place in the Pro Lite championship points standings with razor slim margins between the top three spots. Qualifying on Saturday was cancelled due to overnight rains so competitors had very few laps on the track and starting positions were determined by the points standings.
The Pro Lite class is very competitive; gaining any type of advantage over the field usually comes as a result of hard work and accrued racing acumen. Having the truck set-up correctly for track conditions is crucial. Brandon is an accomplished mechanic and spends hours in the shop getting his Competitive Metals, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, Chevrolet impeccably prepared. He also relies on a highly experienced crew at the track and support from Competitive Metals, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, Chevrolet impeccably prepared. He also relies on a highly experienced crew at the track and support from HRT Motorsports, Method Race Wheels, Magnaflow,Aeromotive Fuel Systems, F&L Racing Fuel, Impact, FOX, Heatshield Products, Maxima Racing Oils, FiberwerX, Summers Brothers, Wirefab, ECP Powder Coating, Bink Designs, Axis Rod Ends, and Redline Performance to keep him ready for battle.
During round five, the fate of the team rested entirely on Brandon’s shoulders. After an early spin, he had to grind it out on the track. “I made a mistake in turn four and spun myself out,” said Brandon, “I went all the way to the back and spent the whole race working my way back up to the front. With about four laps to go, I made my way into fifth and closed up on the battle for third place. We were close to moving into a podium finish but I just ran out of time to get around them. It was not a bad finish to the race; just not the greatest start.”
The weather looked threatening but it stayed dry and “The Stinger” was running strong on Sunday. He ran third fastest during qualifying and would start on the second row. The race had a couple yellow flags but was mostly run wide open under green flag conditions. It demonstrated just how competitive the Pro Lite field is with the top five running the same pace. “We held our ground and just stayed in third the whole race,” said Brandon, “We just couldn’t make up any ground on Beat or Brooks in front of us. It was a decent weekend for the team but not the results we were looking for. Now it’s time to put our heads down and do our homework for Mexico.”
The Lucas Oil Series next heads to the Baja International Short Course at Estero Beach Ensenada, MX on June 18th and 19th for rounds 7 and 8. Brandon had great results in Baja last season taking a win and a second place podium. The track was rough with huge whoops, right in the wheelhouse of “The Stinger” who has years of desert racing experience. To get the latest info on Brandon’s racing go to: http://brandonarthurracing.com/ for news about Brandon’s accomplishments in the Lucas Oil Series and other select off-road events.
Photography By: Bink Designs