Allen Boles, the owner of 18-truck fleet Jupiter Enterprises, won his second Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series race in as many events this past weekend at Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Va.
Boles had to battle his longtime friend Ricky “Rude” Proffitt for several laps before getting out front and holding on for the win. He also claimed the win in the season opener at Mobile International Speedway in March.
“I finally got by Ricky, but it was tough,” Boles said after the race. “I gave it all I had. I was praying I’d get around him.”
Boles started the race in sixth and worked his way up near the front by the time a caution flag flew on lap 7. A wreck involving Minimizer CEO and Bandit Series racer Craig Kruckeberg in which the rear end of his truck took out a chunk of the outside wall nearly halted the race for the night.
Racer Marshall Davis was attempting to pass Kruckeberg low and made contact with his left rear, sending him spinning up the track and into the wall. Mike Morgan was close behind and had nowhere to go, colliding with Kruckeberg after his collision with the wall.
“I’m glad I was strapped in,” Kruckeberg said shortly after the crash. “I was going on the outside of [Davis], and the next thing I know, the back end is right there [in the wall]. I remember going to the outside and backing into the wall, then I felt a boom from Mike [Morgan].”
Track officials were able to place two concrete Jersey barriers behind the damaged wall, and the race was restarted after about 40 minutes under a red flag.
Mark Noble and Proffitt restarted after the caution in first and second, but a slow restart by Noble allowed Boles to jump into second and get below Proffitt to challenge for first. The two battled side-by-side for about 8 laps before Boles pulled away and earned the win.
The next Bandit Series race is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at Concord Speedway in Concord, N.C.