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‘Kissing Bandit’ from ‘The Bachelorette’ drives a 3,000-lb truck

Suzanne Halliburton
shalliburton@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 5, 2014

Arie Luyendyk Jr. certainly can be called a crossover star, appealing to the motosport fans as well as those who like to watch men going all out for the hand of a woman.

Luyendyk is in Austin this week to compete in the X Games. He races Stadium Super Trucks, an event making its X Games debut. The race is set for Sunday at Circuit of the Americas.

Fans of reality TV likely will recognize him, too. Luyendyk, aka “the Kissing Bandit” finished as runnerup on ABC’s The Bachelorette season eight.

He was asked earlier this week about whether competing for the heart of the Bachelorette (Emily Maynard) was tougher than his current job of racing a 3,000-pound truck.

“Racing for me is so natural,” Luyendyk said. “Obviously, being on the Bachelorette, that was probably a challenge. I don’t know if I’d go back to that route.”

Racing is in his bloodlines. His father was a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. Luyendyk was born in the Netherlands, but grew up in Arizona.

He still embraces his reality past, live tweeting The Bachelorette each week.

Here’s a glimpse of his final moments on the show, when Maynard turned him down.

http://youtu.be/I8U0XG75kOk