Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bandit Big Rig Series Returns to Mobile International Speedway on March 23rd & PixelatedSPEED Will Be There

The Bandit Big Rig Series returns to Mobile Speedway on March 23rd. Cody Slowinski (63) races side-by-side with Tyler Krukeberg on the frontstretch at Mobile in 2018 during the inaugural event. (Robyn Kruckeberg/Robyn K Photos)

By: Daniel Vining, Twitter: @danielvining

IRVINGTON, Alabama (March 20, 2019) -- The Bandit Big Rig Series is returning to Mobile International Speedway for the second year in a row to open up it’s 2019 racing season on March 23, 2019. The Bandits will fill the entire day with an assortment of racing entertainment, providing a great experience for fans at the high-banked half-mile oval.

The Bandit Series features full sized semi-trucks, trimmed out for racing. Racing consists of time trials, heat racing and features. The Bandit Series travels around the country, racing at short tracks from Wisconsin to Florida.

Last year, Allen Boles won the feature event, beating out Tommy Boileau and collecting a cool $10,000 in the process.

Mobile Speedway General Manager Kody Lyons took some time to talk to PixelatedSPEED about the upcoming event for this year.

“We are certainly looking forward to the Bandits as they give the fans something different,” he said. “The largest race vehicles in the country flying around this high-bank true half-mile short track, and they put on such a great show, the fans just eat it up.”

Lyons explained that Mobile Speedway’s lack of an outside wall (except for along the frontstretch) just adds to the excitement that the Bandit Series brings.

“Really and truly this weekend is a show everyone needs to attend and watch, he said. “They are 11,000 pound race trucks with heavy gauge front and rear bumpers and they are not afraid to use them! These drivers beat and bang, and I tell you another thing, with Mobile not having a outside wall, that doesn’t make them second guess, they will put it threewide and use that top line and the entire track. They are truly fearless in these massive rigs!”

Bandit Series owner Craig Kruckeberg is also a driver in the series, and echoed Lyons comments about the lack of an outside wall, giving nothing but praise about Mobile Speedway.

“The Bandit Big Rig Series has been growing like a weed,” he said. “We loved it down there last year, and I like the fact there is no wall around most of the track.”

Lyons is optimistic about the return of the Bandit Series as Mobile Speedway looks to put it’s best foot forward going into the speedway’s 2019 racing season.

“This race was such a great kick off race last year and brought in a large crowd of new and existing fans to the track last year, that we hope we get the same or better response this year, said Lyons. “We will be using this race to introduce these people to our full 2019 schedule and price format, which is finally complete and up on the website now.”

“There are new additions including a demolition derby, chain racing, kids bike race, skid racing, a school bus race, and spectator racing along with dropping the prices for every single regular season race to $10, $5 and FREE, we hope to carry the momentum the entire year.”

For the Bandit Big Rig Series, this is race number one of a 12 race season. Mobile Speedway kicks things off before the series heads up to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on April 27th. The series will also visit several tracks across the Midwest region of the country, before heading back down to the Deep South, taking on the challenges of Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on August 31st.

PixelatedSPEED will be on hand this weekend, covering all the action with stories, photos and video from Mobile International Speedway.

For those coming out to the track to experience this madness live, tickets start at $15.00 and Kids 8 & Under get in FREE!

For more information on the Bandit Big Rig Series, check out their website, and follow them on Facebook at

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