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