Rookie Stuns Bandits Taking Home First $10,000 Win Of The Season
Mobile, Alabama – A rookie took home first place and $10,000 in the first big rig racing event of the 2019 Bandit Series at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday night.
Bendeguz Molnar came all the way from Budapest, Hungary, to compete in his first ever big rig Bandit Series event and ended up besting the impressive field of drivers in the main race of the evening. “It was really tiring,” Molnar said following his stunning victory. “I have a lot of emotions. I’m just very happy for this win.”
Molnar, nicknamed “The Hungarian Top Gun,” captured the lead early in the 30-lap showcase race and never relinquished it. In fact, by the end, he had stretched his lead substantially and cruised to the checkered flag.
The race was full of intense action as the Bandit veteran drivers were feeling out the rookies in the early going. It didn’t take long for the first crash of the evening when on turn 1 of lap 4, #4 Scott Treadway, spun off the track and flipped numerous times.
Thankfully, Treadway was unharmed in the scary scene. “I might be a little sore tomorrow, but I’m good right now,” Treadway said shortly after the accident. “I couldn’t even tell you how many times it rolled. The truck is in about three pieces, but we’ve seen worse.”
Treadway’s crash certainly didn’t temper the aggressive driving as the next crash happened in between the 3 and 4 turns on lap 18. Tim Ashley in the #5 truck took a hard dive as #74 Mark Noble, who was a rookie last year and finished second in the overall points standings, tried to chop him.
Noble got the wrong end of the confrontation and spun out backwards off of the track. Like Treadway, Noble was declared uninjured, but did not return to racing action.
It took emergency crews quite a while to clear both crashes. When the Bandits finally got the green flag once again it only took a few moments before the race was halted again.
This time Mobile’s own hometown driver #69 Jonathan Langham and #3 Alan Boles got tangled up side-by-side sending Langham careening off of the track.
Racing would soon resume and, once it did, Molnar took control of the race and didn’t look back. The battle of the night was for second and third place as two-time defending Bandit Series champion, #14 Ricky Rude, was able to hold off #41 Marshall Davis.
“The Godfather” #55 Craig Kruckeberg and #5 Tim Ashley rounded out the top five.
“After tonight second place don’t suck that bad,” Rude commented after the perilous and exhausting night of racing. “My truck is on the ground.”
Rude indicated he believed the outcome might have been different if the race had not encountered 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.”
It was quite an impressive showing for the rookie who said he drove a Bandit Series big rig for the first time only three days before the race. “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. He is a force to be reckoned with and will be one to watch going forward.
The Bandits will again square off April 27 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Fans can get tickets HERE.
If you missed the live stream of the action from Mobile International Speedway, you can watch all the events of the evening right HERE on TransportationNation.com.