Seven dates highlight third season for regional series
LAS VEGAS – The Late Model Truck Series will be back for another season of exciting racing in 2020, with seven dates scheduled for its third year of action.
The regional truck racing series kicks off its season at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 14 before continuing on to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on April 11 and Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., on May 16. The series returns to The Bullring for the Chris Trickle Classic on June 20, then heads to Rosamond, Calif., at The Speedway at Willow Springs on Sept. 19.
The LMTS has a tentative date scheduled for Havasu 95 speedway on Oct. 17 and will crown its season champion at The Bullring at LVMS at Championship Night on Nov. 21 as part of the West Coast Short Track Championships. Las Vegas’ Mark Allison is the two-time and reigning series points champion and will be back to go for the trifecta in 2020.
“We’ve had two awesome seasons the last two years, and Gary Wyatt and I are excited to announce our 2020 Late Model Truck Series schedule,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Our series is riding some great momentum, and we have another exciting group of races coming our way this year. We can’t wait to kick things off at The Bullring on March 14 and look forward to seeing if Mark Allison can go for a three-peat.”
LMTS had eight different winners in its first 11 events in 2018 and 2019, with Allison leading the way with three victories. Ricky Bogart of Phoenix has won the last two LMTS races and will be looking to extend his streak this season.
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, Richmond Gear, Campout and ReliableBanner.com.
2020 Late Model Truck Series schedule
March 14 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas
April 11 Havasu 95 Speedway Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
May 16 Orange Show Speedway San Bernardino, Calif.
June 20 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas
Sept. 19 The Speedway at Willow Springs Rosamond, Calif.
Oct. 17* Havasu 95 Speedway Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Nov. 21 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas
*Tentative date. The 2020 LMTS schedule is subject to change.