Bandits set to make their Penn. debut at Lake Erie Speedway

The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series has raced in a number of states, but July 7th marks the Bandits Keystone State debut.

Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Penn., is the site of the next convoy, where the Bandits battle it out for bragging rights and a $10,000 check.

“Lake Erie Speedway is a first-class facility,” Bandit Director of Operations Brian Madsen said.  “It’s going to be a change of pace for the guys, because this is the first three-eighths mile track that we’ve been on this year.”

Ricky Rude leads the point standings after winning the last a-main feature race at Concord.  The event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was postponed mid-race back on June 9th, so the Bandits are itching to get their hands on the $10,000 feature race check.

“I’m raring to go!” The Godfather Craig Kruckeberg (#55) said.  “It’s been far too long since we’ve had a chance to compete for the checkered flag.”

As usual, the Minimizer-sponsored Fan Series Truck Show takes place prior to the start of the Bandit race. Drivers can register for the ‘wash n’ show’ style event online.

“It’s going to be a great day,” Bandit General Manager Jason Johnson said.  “We have a lot planned, several sponsors on hand, companies doing driver recruiting and activities for the kids, including the traditional Bandit meet-and-greet at 5 p.m.”

Tickets for the race are available for purchase online.

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About Bandit Big Rig Series 

The Bandit Big Rig Series returns big rig tractor truck racing to the short track in the United States. The series was designed to be affordable and accessible for anyone wishing to put together a race team.