It was a weekend of ups and downs for Brandon “The Stinger” Arthur in rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. The track is known for its steep climbs up and down the hills but most of Brandon’s climbing took place as he made his way through the field.
“We struggled during practice.” Says Brandon, “We threw the whole toolbox at it, as the crew says, trying to find the right set-up for the track. We found a little something and qualified 5th.” After the inversion was drawn, The Stinger would start on the front row. On lap one, Brandon started heading in the wrong direction; losing a couple positions. There was a lot of contact and Brandon prefers to race clean. As he dropped all the way back to 6th it became apparent that he would have to play their game and get aggressive.
He muscled his way back up through the ranks and eventually was in podium contention in third place. Then he got tangled up with Ryan Beat and the officials deemed that it was Brandon’s fault. He got the dreaded black flag that moved him back to the last position on the lead lap; 10th place.
After the race on Saturday, the crew had a chance to look over the Competitive Metals, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services, 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, Redline Performance Pro Lite and make any tweaks they thought would make it faster. With some feedback from Brandon they made their changes and hoped for the best on Sunday.
The tenacity of the entire team really paid off when it came to qualifying on Sunday morning. They ran the fastest lap to take the number one spot. “We were really happy to put the Competitive Metals, Toyo Tires, Pro Traffic Services Pro Lite in the number one spot, “said The Stinger, “The fans are so incredible in Reno, they were lined up the entire length of the front straight when we were signing autographs. We wanted to show them how much we appreciate their support with a good run. The changes we made were just what we needed.”
After drawing a 4 for the inversion, Brandon would start the race a few rows back. “It was just a rough race for us, Admits Brandon, “We came out of the first run in 4th and then slowly just got pushed back again. We would battle to the front and then get pushed back again. The whole race was just carnage the entire time. We ended up finishing 6th so it wasn’t bad but definitely not what we wanted.” With the black flag on Saturday, Brandon was not willing to stick his nose in there and take a chance at another one on Sunday. He had to try and stay clean while the rest of the field were driving aggressively. As the season nears the end, those who are not contenders in the points chase are willing to take big chances.
Rounds 13 and 14 will be race under the lights at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, CA. on Sep. 23rd and 24th. The Stinger will be back in the dirt scratching for every point in his quest for the title.
Photography By: Bink Designs