Rude in control as Bandits head to Cedar Rapids

May 23, 2018


(Cedar Rapids, IA May 23, 2018) – Ricky is being awfully Rude to his fellow Bandits this season, and he has no plans of taking his foot off the gas.

The driver of the #14 Peterbilt is on top of the Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series standings, but three races don't make a season, so he'll have to keep looking for wins as the series hits Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa June 9th .

"We've had a little bit of a break and I know these Bandits will be itching to get back in the cab and put on a show for the great fans of Iowa," Bandit general manager Jason Johnson said.

The Bandits whiz by at speeds approaching 100 mph at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sadler Power Train is the event sponsor for the race at Hawkeye Downs.

"When we were presented with this opportunity by the Bandit Big Rig Series, we were thrilled because this race has such a natural connection to our core business of truck parts and service," Sadler Power Train sales manager Randy Kray said.

SPT has four locations across eastern Iowa, and in addition to sponsoring the Bandit race, they're also hosting a toy raffle at Hawkeye Downs the evening of the 9th .

"We participated in the toy raffle last year and it was awesome to see the kids get excited about truck racing. Who knows, we might even see one of them in the driver's seat some day," SPT marketing director Matt Poeltler said.

"Upon entry, younger fans will receive a ticket and get a chance to win a toy provided by Sadler Power Train," Johnson said. "We will also have Cedar Rapids Truck Center out at the track with us, showcasing some great Peterbilt trucks and entertaining their customers on the party deck."

Minimizer is sponsoring the Fan Series Truck Show, which takes place prior to the start of the Bandit race. It's designed as a ‘wash n' show' event, so truck drivers can bring any kind of rig and show it off. Drivers can register online prior to the event.

"We have plenty of room to let the next generation of truckers get to see some iron up close," Johnson said.

Scott Treadway signs autographs for several young fans at a Bandit Big Rig Series event at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Saturday, July 15, 2017
Tyler Kruckeberg in his #54 truck moments before a Bandit Big Rig Series race at Hawkeye Downs Speedway on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tickets for the Bandit race at Hawkeye Downs are available for purchase online.

"We still have seats left, including our VIP tickets, which get you first class treatment, food, drinks, reserved seating and access to the Bandit Pits," Johnson said. "There will be a lot going on, including the truck show, activities for the entire family, and the Bandit meet n' greet starting at 4 p.m. You don't want to miss this event!"

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