Hart Breaks As Brandt Wins
When the Pro Lite Unlimited class rolled on to the track for Round 11 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Truck championship, E3 Performance Spark Plug fans assumed the #15 Stronghold Motorsports/Maxxis Tires Ford truck of Marty Hart would check out. After all, the series points leader was starting on the front row at Surprise, AZ, next to the Wik’s Racing Engines #11 Chevrolet truck of Adam Wik. But, lap one chaos was waiting for the field of trucks in turn four and a red flag flew stopping the race before Hart could complete a lap.
Not to be denied, Hart grabbed the lead on the restart and started to pull away from Wik in second. The #82 mavTV/Lucas Oil Toyota of Chris Brandt slipped by the Nissan truck of Jimmy Stephensen to take over third place. Just as Hart had built a comfortable lead over Brandt who was now running in second and Stephensen in third, his Ford engine started to smoke. By the time the competition yellow flew, Hart’s motor was losing spark. With Hart sidelined by mechanical failure, all eyes turned to watch the restart between Brandt and Stephensen.
When the green flag flew, Brandt would get the better of Stephensen to take the point. Later, Stephensen would out brake Brandt in turn four to take the lead but Brandt quickly reclaimed the top spot. Wik pitted with a flat tire on the last lap. Brandt continued to hold off the hard charging Stephensen at the checkered flag. Third place went to Matt Loiodice in the MasterCraft Safety/Jimco Ford truck. If you want winning performance from your truck spark plugs, insist on E3 Spark Plugs for your car, truck or motorcycle.