One of off-road racing’s brightest young stars, Brandon Arthur capped off an incredible season at the HDRA, “Rockin on the River” event held in Laughlin, Nevada. He won both days finishing 10:58 ahead of second place Nick Isenhouer in his HRT Motorsports, Competitive Metals, Ford F-100 and earned the Class 1400 Championship.
Brandon also won both days in his recently completed Open Class truck that he will campaign next season. In his first race in the HRT Motorsports, Competitive Metals, Open Class Truck Brandon finished just 39 seconds behind Class 1 Champion Mike Mitchell for second overall on the weekend.
Way back in January, at the first race of the season, Brandon made a huge impression on Grand Marshall Ivan “Ironman” Stewart who knows plenty when it comes to driving talent and winning Championships. He compared Brandon to a young Robby Gordon. Many thought the comparison was premature at best but looking back on the season, he has lived up to Ivan’s assessment.
“We had a great weekend of racing,” said Brandon, “We were here to win the Championship and get some seat time in the HRT Motorsports Open Truck. Both trucks were dialed in and ran flawlessly. It was incredible being able to run the long course in Laughlin. I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid to watch the Laughlin Leap and the road crossing jump. Being able to jump the road crossing at full throttle was the best part of the whole weekend. I can’t thank HDRA enough for all the hard work they did to allow us to run the full course. Our Championship was made possible by the hard working crew at HRT Motorsports and the support we get from Competitive Metals, F&L Racing Fuel, Rigid Industries, Ridiculous Clothing, Mirage Racing Products, WireFab, Summers Brothers Racing, Fox Racing Shox, Pro Traffic Services, ECP Powder Coating & Bink Designs.
Brandon and his HRT Motorsports, Competitive Metals, team made a huge impression on Ivan Stewart and many others this season. He finished every mile of every race accumulating the highest point total. On his way to the Championship, he never placed lower than second; taking four wins out of six races. His new Open Truck has already proved to be fast and reliable. A second Championship, this time in the Open Truck Class, is definitely their goal. They will be going up against bigger and better funded teams in the unlimited class but that will make the wins only sweeter. Brandon Arthur will definitely be the one to watch in 2013.