After 12 top five finishes, Ball finally wins 1st Bandit feature race

Blooming Prairie MN, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (Salem IN July 2018) – Justin Ball was just in time.

Nicholas Seidel makes his Bandit Series debut in the #51 truck at Salem Speedway in Indiana on Saturday, July 14th. Photo courtesy of Ronnie Sox.


The Minimizer Bandit Big Rig Series veteran shook off the ghosts of past feature races to win his first ever a-main Saturday night at Salem Speedway.


“It’s been a long time coming!” Ball (#17) said.  “I can finally put a rest to (Bandit announcer) Adam Otwell’s question of ‘Is tonight going to be the night?’  Well, Adam, tonight’s the night!”


Ball held off current points leader Ricky Rude (#14), who finished second.


“I’ve still got a truck I can load on the trailer under its own power.  That’s a win!” Rude said.  “Congrats to ‘Boost’ (Ball).  I’m really proud of him.”


A caution flag on lap 15 led to an exciting finish between Ball, Rude and Mike Morgan (#88).


“We just kept passing people and passing people,” Morgan said.  “I’m feeling great at this point in the season.”


Morgan also battled Ball in the finals of the Bandit Shoot Out, where ‘Boost’ successfully defended his title.  A young man named Camden drew Ball’s number prior to the Shoot Out, meaning Camden picked up a $100 bill for the win.  Word on the street says Camden is saving the cash for a Corvette.


The Bandits head to La Crosse Speedway on Saturday, July 28th.  Less than 24 hours later, they’ll be at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids to finish June’s event postponed by severe weather.


“It’s going to be a long but fun weekend,” Bandit General Manager Jason Johnson said.  “Who knows what the standings will look like in two weeks?  A lot is on the line with two features races to be decided in one weekend.”


Tickets for both events can be found online.  Just $5 gets fans in the door at Hawkeye Downs.


“We’ll be running the challenge races as well as the a-main feature in Cedar Rapids,” Bandit General Manager Jason Johnson said.  “Fans who were there back in June can bring their tickets to the gate and get in free.”


About Bandit Big Rig Series


The Bandit Big Rig Series returns big rig tractor truck racing to the short track in the United States. The series was designed to be affordable and accessible for anyone wishing to put together a race team.


For additional information, please contact Jason Johnson at (507) 676-1987, or email jason@banditseries.com.


About Minimizer


Leveraging more than 30 years of manufacturing expertise at its state-of-the-art facility in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Minimizer is not only the leader in poly semi truck fenders – we invented the category. Minimizer poly fenders and integrated bracket kits are nearly indestructible and are guaranteed for life.

Our research and development team constantly “tests and tortures” each of our products to make sure what goes on, in or is used to fix the truck meets the rigors of our tough industry.

We also manufacture industry-leading light kits, mud flaps, tool boxes, tire masking kits, work benches and other accessories. Our most recent innovations include the world’s ONLY custom molded floor mats for semi trucks, as well as the revolutionary “whole body health” Minimizer Truck Seat System.

Minimizer has been family owned and operated for three generations. The company manufactures its products in the USA and makes everything tough enough to please tough people in a tough industry.


Jason Johnson
Bandit Big rig Series
(507) 676-1987