LAS VEGAS – Mark Allison has his eyes on the prize, and it’s now within reach.
The reigning Late Model Truck Series champion will bring his 2019 points lead into the season-ending event – the West Coast Short Track Championships – this Saturday night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as he looks to secure his second consecutive series title. The Las Vegas driver holds a 365-326 lead over John Nahoopii heading into Saturday’s 35-lap feature, where he’s looking for his third victory of the season.
The LMTS feature will be part of a full night of racing that includes a 150-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series $10,000-to-win race, a 75-lap SPEARS Modified Series and a Jr. Late Models race that will have two 35-lap segments. Gates open at 2 p.m. PT, and racing begins at 4.
“It’s been a great 2019 season so far, and Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait to finish our seven-event racing season at The Bullring in Las Vegas,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Mark Allison has been a great champion for our series this year, and it will be exciting to see if he can go two-for-two this weekend. We expect a great turnout, and we look forward to putting on a show for the fans.”
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.
Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule
Nov. 23 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas
2019 Late Model Truck Series points standings
(Through Nov. 2 races)
- Mark Allison 365 points; 2. John Nahoopii 326; 3. Mike McKearn 296; 4. Gary Wyatt 246; 5. Bill Black 243; 6. Mike Riefler 221; 7. Gary Cheek 140; 8. Sean Davis 138; 9. Richard Bogart 116; 10. Andrew Porter 112; 11. Pat Petrie 85; 12. Lee Keach 65; 13. Cody Cambensy 64; 14. Matt Daly 59; 15. Stan Mullis 58; 16. Matt Jaskol 58; 17. Aaron McMorran 56; 18. Michael Egurloa 56; 19. Curtis Burns 50; 20. Cindy Clark 48; 21. Bob Santa Maria 48; 22. Kenny Smith 48; 23. Dow Woerner 46; 24. Patrick O’Hanley 46; 25. David Amaduzzi 40; 26. Lisa Bogart 40; 27. Mike Young 34.