Following successful outings with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jake Crum and Nationwide Series driver Mike Bliss, Bandit Industries has signed on to sponsor at least five more races with the drivers through the 2012 NASCAR racing season.
“We’ve been impressed by the perseverance of both drivers so far this year,” said Travis Lint, large equipment sales manager and NASCAR coordinator at Bandit Industries. “Mike Bliss has been a pillar of consistency in the Nationwide Series, and that’s why he’s in the top-10 for the points race. Jake Crum gains more experience with each start in the Camping World Truck Series, and he’s not afraid to punch the gas and go trade paint with veteran drivers from larger teams. Both drivers carry the same values that have made Bandit Industries a world-leading manufacturer for wood chippers, stump grinders, forestry mowers and waste recyclers – they give 110%, they don’t quit, they’re not afraid of a challenge and that’s why you’ll be seeing them at the front before the year is out.”
Having just completed another consistent run at Richmond with a top-20 finish, Nationwide Series driver Mike Bliss will take his no. 44 Bandit Chippers.com Toyota to Talladega for the Aaron’s 312 on Saturday May 5. Bandit and Bliss will meet again on June 16 in Bandit’s home state of Michigan for the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway, with another Bandit/Bliss Nationwide Series race still to be determined.
Camping World Truck Series driver Jake Crum showed his skill at Martinsville Speedway back in March, muscling an ill-handling no. 07 Bandit Chippers.com Chevy around the short half-mile “paperclip” to finish 18th after starting from 31st position in the Kroger 250. Crum will next take the Bandit Chippers.com Chevy to Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18 for the N.C. Education Lottery 200, followed by a return to Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22. Crum debuted with Bandit last year at Bristol where he ran strong near the front of the pack until a multi-vehicle crash took him out of the running on lap 61.
“We couldn’t be happier representing our fans and customers – from our mid-Michigan hometown of Mount Pleasant to the other side of the globe – in the greatest spectator motorsport in the world,” said Lint. “Jake Crum and Mike Bliss are great ambassadors for Bandit, and they’ll be giving it everything they’ve got in the races to come. We can’t wait to see how it all plays out.”
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