(Bandoleros racing around the road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Photo Credit : Rob Street Racing Photography)
LAS VEGAS, NV : Last Saturday night during the annual U.S. Legend Cars International awards banquet at the Speedway Club inside Charlotte Motor Speedway, USLCI West promoter and director Ryan Ux announced the dates and location of the first Bandolero West National Championship.
In each of the the last two years a western based Bandolero driver has been tied at the end of the point season, but with not being able to travel all the way across the country, they were unable to compete in the annual Bandolero Nationals, thus losing out on the tiebreaker scenario. Last year, Landon Gresser dominated the Bandolero Bandits division out west, but financially could not make the trip to Charlotte for the national event to compete with Landon Rapp to break the tie. In the end, Rapp claimed the 2018 USLCI Bandolero Bandits championship with Gresser in second.
With Bandoleros spread across the country and looking for ways to grow the class and give racers around the country a chance to compete for a national title, in 2019 USLCI has split the country to award East and West points. This will also serve to help crown two USLCI Bandolero National Champions with one being the East and the other the West champion. The official determination has not been released, but the current setup would put drivers who register in the states west of Minnesota to be included in the west region. Texas racers are still being evaluated at the time to determine the best fit for that area of the country.
Drivers can race at any track they choose to race at, but will be awarded points to the region in which they qualify based on registration with INEX. The 2019 Bandolero East National Championship will take place over Labor Day weekend, August 31st and Spetember 1st at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The inaugural USLCI Bandolero West National Championship race will take place at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Arizona on November 15th and 16th. A full weekend schedule and state split will be announced in the upcoming weeks once determined.