Brandon Arthur will have a huge weekend of racing ahead of him when he lines up to race at the HDRA, “Rockin on the River” offroad race in Laughlin, Nevada Nov. 9-11. Not only will he be racing his HRT Motorsports, Competitive Metals, Ford F-100 in class 1400 but also he will be doing double duty when he jumps behind the wheel of his brand new Open class truck, which was recently constructed in house at HRT Motorsports.
The heat race format of the “Rockin on the River” race allows Brandon to compete in Heat 1 in his 1400 truck and then race heat 4 in the Open Truck class. Heat 1 will do four laps totaling 66 miles. Heat 4 will run six laps for a total of 99 miles. Brandon will do 165 miles on Saturday and then do it again on Sunday.
Brandon’s goal was to win the class 1400 championship this year, his rookie season and with one race to go has a 20 point lead on second place in championship points, Chris Isenhour. Brandon, who is now a Junior in High School, was allowed to race the 1400 truck he built if he maintained good grades. He obviously kept his part of the bargain running a solid season that would earn all A’s in anyone’s book. Brandon’s record going into the final event stands at two wins and two seconds, an amazing accomplishment for any driver let alone a rookie in class 1400.
“We are going to stick with what’s worked so well this year,” said Brandon’s father, Todd Arthur, “It was a little more work bringing both trucks but we are well prepared. We did the normal prep routine on the F-100; it’s ready to wrap up that championship. The Open Truck was doing so well in testing we decided to give Brandon a chance to get some race miles in it this year before we move up to the “Big Time” next season. We proved that we have what it takes to run a successful race program this year. The new, Open Class truck is very fast. We are thrilled with our progress so far and have a lot of confidence moving forward.”
With a 20 point lead going into the final race of the season the championship is still not a forgone conclusion. Brandon Arthur and the HRT team will be doing the same thing they’ve done all year, prove it in the dirt running wide open!
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