Bandits Are Back In Action This Weekend, Will Rookie Win Again?
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – The “Iron Giants of the Asphalt” will once again do battle this weekend in South Carolina.
After more than a month since the first race of 2019, the big rig Bandit Series is headed to Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, April 27th.
Rookie racer, Bendeguz Molnar, known as the “Hungarian Top Gun” will look to keep his winning ways going after shocking the Bandits by taking home a victory and $10,000 last month at Mobile International Speedway.
The rookie put on quite an impressive showing especially considering he drove a Bandit Series big rig for the first time only three days before the race.
He took the lead early in the 30-lap showcase race and never relinquished it.
“I quite like it,” Molnar said of his first big rig racing experience. “It’s way different than Hungary because we race on a road course.
Molnar has only been racing for three years, but already conquered the European Suzuki Cup road racing series by winning it last year.
His victory last month makes a strong case he is a force to be reckoned with.
Two-time defending Bandit Series champion, Ricky “Cupcake” Rude finished second in Mobile and has his sights set on a third straight points championship.
“I’ve got a huge target on my back,” Rude recently told Transportation Nation Network (TNN). “I kind of feed off of pressure.”
Rude told TNN he believes having new racers competing in the series is a positive, but conceded, “When you’ve got new drivers coming in, I have no idea what their characteristics are.”
Following the race at Mobile, Rude indicated he believed the outcome might have been different if the race had not encountered numerous long delays due to multiple crashes.
“He got a chance to cool his tires down,” Rude said of Molnar. “He better thank his lucky stars.”
Molnar, Rude and a crowded field of outstanding Bandit big rig racers will once again square off on Saturday.
The festivities will begin with the Bandit Fan Series Truck Show at 1 p.m. followed by a meet-n-greet with the Bandits at 2 p.m.
The racing action will get started at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and children 8 and under get in for free.
You can buy your tickets HERE.
DON’T FORGET, for those who can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch the live stream of all the racing action RIGHT HERE on TransportationNation.com.