CONCORD, N.C. – On the heels of making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut two weeks ago at Darlington Raceway, TJ Bell is looking forward to once again driving the No. 50 BanditChippers.com Toyota Camry for LTD Powersports. This time, instead of a Cup Series points race, it’s a dash for cash as Bell looks to race his way into the Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway via the Sprint Showdown.
Bandit, headquartered in Remus, Mich., is an industry leader in developing innovative chippers, grinders, and waste recyclers. Founded in 1983 when Mike Morey, Sr., built the first built the very first Bandit chipper—a 12-inch capacity Model 100 Brush Bandit—in a 6,000 square-foot converted repair shop with the assistance of just six employees, Bandit Industries now flourishes with nearly 300 employees. Bandit’s strength lies heavily in the quality and commitment of their employees.
Travis Lint, the large equipment sales manager for Bandit Industries, said sponsoring Bell and LTD Powersports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series provides their customers with a source of pride in their product.
“The biggest thing for us is giving our hard-working customers something to do on a Saturday or Sunday by watching their car run around the track. It’s about instilling pride in the customers and, in a lot of ways, paying them back for their support in our product through the years.”
For the Bandit Industries customers watching the race both from home and at the track Saturday, Bell said he is going to work hard to ensure they get an action-packed thrill ride. “It’s awesome to have them on the car,” he said. “They’re great people and I really hope I can represent them and all the people that support and sell their products.”
Bell is a veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and is entered in Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at CMS. He is also a past rookie-of-the-year in the ARCA Racing Series and has raced in the prestigious Rolex 24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway.
For more information on Bandit Industries, visit them on the Web at BanditChippers.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/BanditIndustries and on Twitter at Twitter.com/BanditChippers.
The Sprint All-Star Race will be carried live on SPEED with the green flag for the 20-lap Sprint Showdown scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The All-Star Race is expected to begin at 9 p.m. For more information on the Sprint All-Star Race including how to purchase tickets, visit CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com.
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