Veteran driver becomes series’ first repeat winner in two years
LAS VEGAS – After becoming the Late Model Truck Series’ first season champion last year, Mark Allison added another first to his resume on Saturday night.
The 2018 points champ won the 35-lap feature at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., to become the series’ first repeat winner since its return to action a year ago. Allison, who hails from Las Vegas, edged Bill Black for the checkered flag at the quarter-mile paved oval for his second career LMTS win.
Allison, who also won a race on Oct. 13 en route to the championship last fall, leads the 2019 series points standings through three races. Three different drivers have found Victory Lane this year, and Allison’s California triumph ended a streak of six straight LMTS races with different winners.
The Late Model Truck Series returns to action with a 35-lap feature at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Pack the Track Night on Aug. 31.
“We had another great race at Orange Show Speedway over the weekend, and Mark Allison showed why he’s our defending series champ,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We’ve had a wonderful variety of race winners so far in two years of the Late Model Truck Series, and Gary Wyatt and I are excited for the rest of the 2019 season. It’s going to be an action-packed summer and fall, and we’re looking forward to bringing great racing to short track fans across the region.”
Saturday’s race was the third of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also will visit The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., and Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this year.
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, ReliableBanner.com and Bearing King AZ.
Late Model Truck Series 35-lap feature
Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, Calif.
June 29 results
- Mark Allison; 2. Bill Black; 3. Gary Wyatt; 4. John Nahoopi; 5. Michael Riefler; 6. Mike McKearn.
Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule
Aug. 31 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas
Oct. 12 The Speedway at Willow Springs Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2 Havasu 95 Speedway Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Nov. 23 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas