Reno, NV (August 8, 2019) - Professional Off-Road Racer, Brandon Arthur is a staple in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) which held Rounds 5 & 6 at Wild West Motorsports Park near Reno, Nevada. As the driver of the #6 MAVTV, Stronghold Motorsports, Pro Traffic Services, Toyo Tires Pro 2 Truck in the premier class, young Arthur is on a short leash racing against big-budget teams. Brandon's homegrown race effort gets it done with limited resources. Short course is a full-on fight, and sometimes you just get bitten. In Arthur's case, was able to salvage a 10th place finish in Round 5 and did not finish Round 6 due to significant contact, which resulted in a suspension failure. "It was a rough weekend of racing for us," Brandon admitted. "I had a decent truck but just caught some bad luck.”
Going into the race weekend, Arthur was looking forward to the Reno event. "I got some seat time in the MAVTV Pro 2 back in early July at the Lucas Oil So Cal Regional. Those are always fun, and we won the Pro Open Class. I am looking forward to doing battle in Reno and go for the win that we have been working towards in the national series.”
Things were looking good for Brandon as the weekend began with Thursday's three practice sessions. Brandon was third fastest in In Practice 1, and .485 behind Brian Deegan and Jerett Brooks. Practice 2 saw Arthur in the Top 5 and still within a close margin of the leaders. Brandon solidified his presence in the Top 5 for Practice 3. Once the practice session ended, a Reno sized summer storm blew through the area dumping rain, lighting, and heavy winds forcing the race officials to cancel qualifying on Friday morning.
Friday's Round 5 featured the starting grid posted by driver's point standings, which put Brandon up in 5th place on the third row. However, it should be noted there were three 410 (PRO2M) Trucks ahead of the group. On Lap 1, the #6 MAVTV Truck began making moves and gaining two positions. Arthur challenged Jerett Brooks, who had fell way back on the start. "I had a good race going battling with Jerett," explained Brandon. "There was some contact with another truck, and I ended up getting a flat. That put me a lap down, and I fought back from there, but being a lap down, hurt our finish." Arthur finished the race in 10th position.
Saturday offered Arthur a chance to reset with the qualifying session kicking everything off. "I was running up in the P3-4 position the whole session until I made a mistake coming into the final turn," Arthur explained. "Unfortunately, someone slammed into the passenger door, causing some heavy damage. I got the truck back to the pit, and my crew went to work. We started cutting apart the door and laying new tubes to fix the damage and get her ready for the race." Brandon was able to grab his quickest lap before the incident and qualified 5th fastest.
Round 6 saw Arthur lined up on the third row in 6th position, and again also with three 410 (PRO2M) trucks ahead of that group. Brandon was fired up and ready to redeem himself. "I made a mistake in the first lap and went to the back," acknowledged Arthur. "I fought my way back up, passing at least four positions and was racing mid-pack. At the halfway point, the competition caution came out, and we were looking pretty good. I was ready to go, put my head down, and push the MAVTV, Stronghold Motorsports, Pro Traffic Services, Toyo Tires #6 forward to the front for a podium."
Brandon continued, "We were making progress battling up in the Top 5 when another truck made contact while in the air and pushed into the wall. That spun me sideways where I stopped and had no way to move forward. I needed the race traffic to clear, so I could back up and get moving. Unfortunately, while waiting for that chance, two racers came over the blind jump. One, slamming into the back of me, spinning me 180 degrees, and then another truck hit me in the front left. My truck was sent spinning in a full 360 degrees, leaving me with a broken A-Arm, bent trailing arm, bent upper link, and some more heavy damage. That is where we had to call it."
"It was a horrible day for us all together," declared Arthur. "It is such a bummer, but that is just part of the sport. We are going home to rebuild and get everything fixed & ready to go testing. We will be dialed in for the last three rounds in October. Thank you to everyone who supports me, the fans, my family, and my crew!"
Brandon Arthur is supported by: MAVTV, Stronghold Motorsports, Pro Traffic Services, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, HRT Motorsports, Competitive Metals, FOX, Safety-Kleen, FK Rod Ends, STEEL-IT, Baja Designs, Magnaflow, FiberwerX, Performance Plus Lubricants, F&L Racing Fuels, Heatshield Products, Heatwave Visual, Buggy Whip, ECP Powder Coatings, HPS Performance Products, Howe Performance, Wirefab, Bink Designs, Benchmark Performance, Redline Performance without them we would not be here.
About Brandon Arthur
Brandon Arthur has achieved two championships and a rookie of the year award in his diverse racing career. A fan favorite, he won the 2012 HDRA, 1400 championship in a truck he built from his grandfather’s F-100 that was used on the farm. In 2013, he ran select races in his Pro Traffic Services HRT Motorsports Trophy Truck capturing a victory in its first time out. In 2014, his rookie year of Pro Lite competition in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, he ran consistently fast; posting a victory and several top finishes. Brandon is a skilled builder and mechanic in addition to his talent behind the wheel. Since entering the Pro Lite class, Brandon has been on a steady climb finishing 3rd place in the points championship in 2015, and then 2nd in 2016. Brandon has won over a substantial fan base and established himself as a threat to win, every time he takes to the track. In 2019, he will be competing for a championship in a Pro 2 and UTV Production 1000.
Original article and photography by: Bink Designs