Jerett Brooks earns his 2nd pro championship and 2nd Challenge Cup in the same weekend!
Coming into round 15 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Jerett Brooks knew what was at stake. He also knew that with a field of almost 20 trucks and 99% of them competing with nothing to lose, anything could happen. Realistically, with a 36 point lead coming into the final round, a good qualifying position and a quality performance during the race would lock it up. Finish the race, and the title is his.
Brandon Arthur, the only other driver mathematically capable of winning the title would need to earn a couple bonus points and win the race, accompanied by some good luck to make it interesting. However Jerett, driving the #77 Rigid Industries General Tire Bilstein Shocks, Maxima Racing Oils Pro Lite, had other plans.
During qualifying, with the track changes, the temperature, and the tacky dirt, the drivers spent a few laps settling in to their groove and figuring out their setups. Turn 4, the biggest change on the track from previous races in Chandler, was a challenge in itself. After spending the first 4 laps completely off the leaderboard, spotter John Hoffman said what he could over the radio to get Jerett to kick it into another gear and find some additional speed. With one lap to go in qualifying, Jerett laid down the fastest lap of the morning shooting himself to the top of the leaderboard gaining the extra bonus point. Not only would he be starting on the front row, but with the drop of the green flag, the championship was his as Arthur would be mathematically eliminated from title-contention due to the extra bonus point Jerett earned in qualifying. A 14 lap battle with Brandon Arthur in round 15 would result in a 2nd place finish for Jerett and his 1st Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Pro Lite championship, his 2nd professional championship in 3 years.
Jerett capped off one of the most impressive Pro Lite seasons in recent memory. After the race Jerett said he couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone in his pit and all of his sponsors. “I’m just so pumped right now, I can’t even believe it,” said Jerett. “I wouldn’t be standing here right now without the help of my team and sponsors. John, Nacho, and Nick absolutely killed it all year for me. My family who makes this all possible and all of my sponsors. Rigid Industries, General Tire who had me hooked up on the new Grabber X3, Bilstein Shocks, Walker Evans Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, and everybody else who supports me and has supported me throughout my career. I’m just so pumped right now!”
With the Pro Lite title in the books, the focus shifted to Sunday’s Pro Lite Challenge Cup… A non-points race, 16-lap winner-take-all battle for the coveted Challenge Cup and a check for $10,000. Jerett would start the race in the first row after qualifying 2nd. He’d also have a fresh gold number 1 on his new number plate after being crowned Pro Lite champion the day before.
As the green flag waved, Jerett dove to the bottom of turn one where the rest of the field fell into place behind him. With Brock Heger on his bumper, they’d race clean for a couple of laps until the chaos of Pro Lite unfolded behind them. Some door slamming and position changes between Heger, Ryan Beat, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, and Brandon Arthur allowed Jerett to settle into his groove. And when he’s all alone up front, he’s as good as gone. Jerett was on a Sunday cruise as the carnage behind him gave Jerett the breathing room to drive his own race, lead wire-to-wire, and win his 2nd Pro Lite Challenge Cup in 3 years.