Brandon Arthur Making Moves Towards The Front In Pro 2 and Pro Lite
San Bernardino, CA
Professional off road racer, Brandon Arthur has what it takes to run with the best. Known as a multi-talented driver with skills to race just about anything, Arthur verified his ability by leading 10 laps in the sports top tier Pro 2 division. Short Course Racing is one spectacular motorsport featuring fierce door-to-door competition and anytime you can make moves to pass and run at the top it should be recognized and highlighted.
Brandon primarily campaigns the MAVTV, Stronghold Motorsports, Pro Traffic Services, Toyo Tires #6 Chevy Pro Lite in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS). Holding 2nd in the 2018 points, Arthur has finished Top 5 or better including seven podiums and one race win. Brandon is very much in contention for a Pro Lite Championship. For this weekend, Stronghold Motorsports tapped Brandon to pull double duty and run the MAVTV Pro 2 in Rounds 9 & 10 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino.
Having raced the Pro 2 truck only once early in the season, Arthur was fully amped up and considering the scheduled called for night racing, the conditions were electric. Sometimes you get a feeling and know things are just going to click. Opening the show with the first big pro race all year, in front of the So Cal crowd, all adds up. Some people crack, and some people thrive. Brandon is one of those who establish their best performances under pressure.
Shortly after opening ceremonies, and the crowd on their feet, the race official dropped the green flag and released fourteen fire breathing Pro 2 Trucks. Arthur, starting in the third row back in 6th place, was able to jump through the field passing Jeremy McGrath, Jerett Brooks, and Bryce Menzies in one single maneuver. This positioned the #6 MAVTV Truck in second place behind Bradley Morris in the #24 K&N Pro 2. There was a truck that got hung up on a k-rail, so LOORRS officials called for a caution to get it off the track. On the restart, Morris fumbled going wide in Turn 3 which Brandon picked up and ran away with the lead. For the next 10 laps including the Competition Caution, Arthur would race up front leading the sports very best. On Lap 13 in Turn 2, Brandon slightly over rotated in the middle of the race lane. Morris, Menzies, McGrath, and Ampudia all swooped by before the MAVTV #6 Pro 2 could get pointed down track. Now back in 5th place, Brandon some how went from a dead stop, re-composed himself, got back up to speed, and made moves back up to 2nd all in the last 3 laps. It was a very exciting race!
“What a way to start the weekend!” exclaimed Arthur. We had a great race. I was able to lead a bunch of laps and am really excited for my team and myself to be able to do that. Finishing in 2nd place finish was awesome and shows we have the speed to run up front.”
For Round 10 in the Pro 2 on Saturday, Brandon again demonstrated his wheeling ability by shocking the field with a lightning quick qualifying lap, 3rd quickest, and only .364 off the poll. LOORRS officials picked a 3 position inversion which pushed Brandon to the top for a front row start. Things were clicking and it was looking like Arthur could potentially race the MAVTV truck to his first Pro 2 win! Things were looking good for Arthur through Lap 3 but unfortunately a mechanical malfunctioned forced him off the track. Brandon commented, “We were pretty excited qualifying 3rd fastest and starting on pole. I dropped back a couple of spots and then discovered a water leak with the motor. We had to call the race at half way through. I was bummed about the result but we did really good in the Pro 2 and I am excited about that.”Pro Lite
Brandon’s main focus of the weekend was to finish well in the Pro Lite division and pick up points to close in on Ryan Beat who is looking for his first short course championship. Before Round 9, there was 31 points separating the two. Between top qualifying times, leading at the race’s competition caution, and finishing position, there are many available points for those who are racing for a championship.
As it turned out for Arthur, Round 9 qualifying did not go so well which gave him a mid-pack start for the race. “We had some bad luck in qualifying losing a brake line,” admitted Brandon. “I started way back in 9th and just had to battle the whole race to move our way up. In the end, 14 laps later I walked away with a 4th place finish. Our Toyo Tires were the key. Where others were slipping and skidding, I was driving forward and making moves with the MAVTV Pro Lite.”
For Round 10, Arthur faired improvement qualifying 5th fastest and earning a 6th place starting position on the third row. “We started mid pack, but it was a good race for us, Brandon explained. “I had some good door-to-door racing and was where I needed to be to move up. We finished on the podium in 3rd place with another Pro Lite podium [his seventh of the season]. Overall, we had a great weekend at Glen Helen! Thank you to all those race fans that support us including 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, Howe Performance, Wirefab, Bink Designs, Benchmark Performance, Redline Performance.”
Brandon was able to score 1 extra point for qualifying in Round 10 whereas Beat set the pole on Friday and was again quick on Saturday earning a total of 8 extra points. Unfortunately, the #51 truck did not fair to well in Round 10 with a DNF. Arthur closed up 18 points on Ryan and now is separated by a gap of 13.
The 2018 season features one remaining round in Chandler, Arizona at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on October 20. One thing is for certain, Short Course Off Road Racing could go any way and a Pro Lite Championship could be had for Brandon Arthur.
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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-150 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 2018, he will be racing two trucks. He is making a run for the championship in his Stronghold Motorsports Pro Lite, and developing his new Pro-2.
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