Green flag drops on 2019 Bandit truck racing series this weekend

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Updated Mar 29, 2019

The Bandit Big Rig truck racing series will drop the green flag on its 2019 campaign this Saturday, March 23, at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama.

The trip to Mobile will be the Series’ second race at the speedway after opening the 2018 season there. Small fleet owner Allen Boles earned the win at the track last year.

This weekend’s race will also mark the beginning to racer Ricky “Rude” Proffitt’s quest for a three-peat following championship seasons in the first two years of the Series.

The events at the track Saturday will begin with the Fan Series Truck Show at 11 a.m., in which racers and truck drivers alike can bring their trucks to the track to show off to the crowd. Gates at the track will open at 3 p.m., and fans are invited to a meet-and-greet with drivers beginning at 5 p.m. on the track. Racing will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online before the event for $15, or for $20 at the gate. Children 8 and under get in free.

In addition to this weekend’s race, Bandit Series organizers announced this month the series will close the season in October at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

“We raced this beast last year at the Halloween Monster Truck Mash and the crowd loved it,” said Craig Kruckeberg, owner of the Bandit Big Rig Series. “It wasn’t a points race, but we held nothing back, and it showed to the fans. We’re going to chase lightning again and bring all the Bandits to Thunder Valley on Oct. 12, close our year out in Bandit style and crown our 2019 points champion. The Bandit Bristol Battle is in the making, and we look forward to continuing the tradition with this storied track.”