Madison International Raceway

The eighth Bandit race of the season was held at Madison International Raceway in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, July 28th. A high-banked track with log straightaways, this track is known as "Wisconsin's fastest half mile".

Morgan's heat 2 win

Morgan's team picked up a new sponsor, Kriete Truck Center, a Volvo/Mack dealer. In addition general manager Ken Spostato was able to celebrate his birthday with a ride around the track and time in the pits. Welcome aboard Kriete Truck Center!

In a departure from Bandit practice the autograph session was held first and without the trucks. Drivers sat at a long table signing autographs on fan cards or anything else presented.

The first heat race started with trucks in the following order: 26 > 63 > 16 > 55 > 3 > 14 > 4 > 00. Boles #3 moved quickly to the front followed by #14, #55 and #16. Boles took the win.

The second heat race began with trucks lined up: 29 > 54 > 01 > 88 > 17 > 27 > 7. Morgan's #88 quickly moved to the front trailed by Ball's #17. As the race ended it became evident that #01 was having engine issues. He was towed off the track with what turned out to be a blown camshaft. Morgan finished 1st and celebrated with a few donuts in front of the stands.

Challenge race 1 started with trucks in order: 3 > 14 > 27 > 4 > 54 > 29 > 63. Rude's #14 challenged the #3, but it was Boles #3 that took the win.

Challenge race 2 started with Morgan on the pole: 88 > 17 > 16 > 55 > 7 > 26 > 00. [Terry Greenwood, a substitute driver, drove the 00 in the first heat race, but was replaced by Chris Kikelhan whose 01 truck was disabled.] Morgan held his position, while #16 passed #17. Morgan's #88 took the win and again celebrated with donuts in front of the stands.

The featured A-Main Race began with the big-rigs going three wide in a salute to the fans, then repositioning into the starting lineup: 4 > 63 > 54 > 55 > 16 > 27 > 17 > 14 > 88 > 3 > 7 > 29 > 26 > 00. The top ten positions were inverted, so Morgan began the race in the 5th row in 9th place. #16 and #14 moved to the front as the leaders fell back. Morgan worked his way up to 6th, then 4th, and then 3rd place behind #16 and #14. While the leaders were lapping the slower rigs #88 and #14 tangled in a horrific crash. #88's oil filters were knocked off cutting brake lines and leaving a trail of oil as Morgan dove to the infield to minimize the mess. #54 encountered the oil trail and went into the wall destroying his hood. Neither #88 nor #14 could finish the race; both suffered severe damage in the fiery wreck When the race continued, #16 took the win, followed by #3, #17, and #55.

Finish Order

Heat 1: 3 > 14 > 16 > 55 > 4 > 63 > 26 > 00

Heat 2: 88 > 17 > 27 > 54 > 29 > 7 > 01 DNF (engine)

Challenge 1: 3 > 14 > 27 > 63 > 54 > 4 > 29 > 01 DNS

Challenge 2: 88 > 16 > 17 > 55 > 26 > 7 > 00

A-Main Race: 16 > 3 > 17 > 55 > 63 > 27 > 26 > 7 > 54 > 00 > 4 > 29 > 14 DNF > 88 DNF > 01 DNS

Points Standing

Morgan holds his second place position in the points race.

Truck # Driver Points This Race Cumulative Points
14 Ricky Rude 298.5 2812.0
88 Mike Morgan 300.5 2733.5
16 Tommy Boileau 388.0 2707.5
17 Justin Ball 382.5 2688.0
3 Allen Boles 437.0 2417.5
01 Chris Kikelhan 246.5 2367.5

Videos

The BIG Crash - Bandit Racing and all three on-board cameras

Live stream on Facebook - Bandit Racing

 

sponsor Kriete Truck Center

happy birthday

driver autograph session

Morgan's wall

race start

crash

crash

front end damage

door damaged by 14s wheel

Photos by Leaha Proffitt, Wendy Morgan, Danny Bruno and Chris Seelman