Lifelong dream to be a Bakersfield Bandit comes true!
Brad Sauer out of Bakersfield is now in his third decade of racing speedway motorcycles. He first went to see speedway in 1971 in Bakersfield as a three year old and when he was 8, the Bakersfield Bandits won the National Speedway League during a one off season of European style team racing in America. This Saturday night Sauer, along with brother Robbie, will bring the team home as the Bakersfield Bandits are reformed to race against the Perris Pirates at Kern County Raceway.
“It’s been a life long dream for me and Robbie to race for the Bandits and now its happening,” says Brad. “We’ve been going to speedway races since about 1971 because my dad helped build the track and worked it every week. It’s been great honor to help with this new track at KCRP and make this happen. We are making it a great show for the long time fans and new fans to come. We have always been Bakersfield Bandits in our heads but it’s awesome to actually put on the team vest and bring the Bandits back. I wish my dad was here to see it.”
Sauer has been a huge part of the revival of speedway in Bakersfield, volunteering long hours as part of the track preparation team. His knowledge as well as the experienced KCRP track crew has created a race track that is getting rave reviews from riders and fans.
The race is this Saturday 24 April at Kern County Raceway Bakersfield with a 7pm start time. ￼As well as the team race, the top eight riders on the night in points will race for individual honors. There will also be a wealth of other speedway divisions in action. ￼￼
Admission is $20 with kids 12 and under $10 and 5 and under free. VIP all access pit passes are available for $25. Parking in free and full food and drink concessions are available. Tickets can be purchased at the box office from 5pm on race day.