Veteran driver Allison looking to clinch season points championship
LAS VEGAS – Mark Allison will be looking to put the finishing touches on a championship on Saturday night.
The veteran driver from Las Vegas heads to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., atop the Late Model Truck Series standings with 180 points, followed by series co-managers Gary Wyatt (172) and Michael Riefler (169). The season-ending event is part of the Late Model Truck Series’ Salute To Veterans Weekend and will include two six-lap heat races and a 35-lap feature.
The race winner will receive a product certificate toward Richmond Gear discounts along with the payout, and the top five finishers will take home The Racer’s Rewards Contingency Connection coupon books with up to $3,000 in race product coupons. Racing starts at 6 p.m. PT and also will feature Vintage Sprints & Midgets, Legends, Bandoleros and Outlaw Karts.
“It has been a great season for the Late Model Truck Series, and Gary Wyatt and I are excited to see our champion crowned this weekend,” Riefler said. “We have had some talented race winners, with Thane Alderman, Dustin Ash and Mark Allison going to Victory Lane, and we can’t wait to see who will be next at such a prestigious race track as Havasu 95 Speedway.”
Alderman was victorious at the season-opening event at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Aug. 25, with Ash winning in Las Vegas on Sept. 22 and Allison taking the checkered flag at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 13.
Havasu 95 Speedway opened in 1989 and ran for seven years before being closed. Paved and re-opened in March of 1996, the track again closed before 2000. It re-opened in September 2006 under the direction of Bill Rozhon and his family and has been running strong ever since.
The region’s truck racing lineage dates back to the Speed Truck Series that originated in 1997 under the American Speed Association (ASA). MechanixWear gloves and Go Fast! energy drinks sponsored the class throughout the years, and the trucks raced at up to 10 different tracks in California, Arizona and Nevada before the ASA disbanded in 2013.
The series trucks feature a full-tube chassis, a 330-horsepower sealed V-8 spec engine and two-speed direct-drive transmission, with a clutch pedal dump valve, coupled to an aluminum quick-change rear end. The trucks sport replica fiberglass bodies of the Chevrolet S-10, Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.
Series partners include the On Wheels Now online radio show – the longest-running motorsports radio show in Las Vegas – Melling Performance Racing, The Bomber Nation, KO Mechanical Services, Gary’s Trailer Repair, Nevada Pic-A-Part, The “Racer’s Rewards” Contingency Connection, Richmond Gear, Campout and ReliableBanner.com.