News roundup, June 4: Bandit truck racing series returns to racing this month

Updated Jun 5, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, June 4, 2020: 

The Bandit Big Rig Series returns to the track, albeit without fans in attendance, on June 20.The Bandit Big Rig Series returns to the track, albeit without fans in attendance, on June 20.

Bandit truck racing series returns this month
The Bandit Big Rig Series will return to the race track later this month for the first time in 2020.

The six-ton race trucks will hit Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, though without fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though fans can’t attend in person, a virtual event pass is available for $9.99 for fans to watch the race live online.

The racing action will begin at 6:50 p.m. Central time with opening ceremonies, followed by three 10-lap heat races and other events. The feature race is set to begin around 8:50 p.m.

The series is entering its fourth year of competition. Weaverville, North Carolina-based trucker Ricky “Rude” Proffitt so far has dominated the series, winning the first three points championships.

Love’s opens new location off I-24 in Kentucky
Love’s Travel Stops this week opened a new location in Oak Grove, Kentucky, near the intersection of I-24 and U.S. Highway 41.

The new Love’s offers 101 truck parking spaces, a Hardee’s restaurant, eight diesel bays, nine showers, Love’s Truck Care with an on-site Speedco, laundry facilities and more.

The store is the company’s 12th location in Kentucky.

New TA Express opens in South Dakota
TravelCenters of America has opened a new TA Express in Vermillion, South Dakota, at Exit 26 off I-29. The location is the fourth former Coffee Cup Fuel Stop to be converted to a TA Express. The location is the company’s third in South Dakota.

The Vermillion location offers 128 truck parking spaces; diesel fueling with RFID and DEF at all lanes; Pizza Hut Express, Cinnabon, Caribou Coffee and Subway restaurants; and more.

TA also plans to open a new TA Express in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a TA Travel Center in Lake City, Florida, later this month.