Regional series will heat up 3/8-mile paved oval with 35-lap feature
The Late Model Truck Series will be part of this weekend’s wildly popular Night of Fire at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 3.
Top truck drivers from across the region will travel to the famous Vegas desert oval for the series’ third race of the season, a 35-lap feature that will be part of the track’s Fourth of July weekend celebration. Saturday’s racing also will include a pair of LMTS heat races, and drivers will have a practice session when spectator gates first open at 5 p.m. PT. Feature races are set to begin at 7 p.m. with the LMTS heat races, and fireworks will follow the night’s racing action.
“The Night of Fire at The Bullring is one of the best racing nights at any short track in the entire Southwest, and Gary Wyatt and I are thrilled the Late Model Truck Series will be part of such a great event,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We’ve had a great start to the 2021 season with two talented winners, and I know we will have a strong group of drivers battling for the checkered flag this weekend. It’s a great night for the whole family, and we hope to see race fans packing the stands.”
Las Vegas’ Matt Jaskol won the season-opener ahead of two-time LMTS season champion Mark Allison at The Bullring on April 17 with Bullring star Chris Trickle picking up his first LMTS victory at the track on May 8.
Riefler and Wyatt are working to finalize additional race dates for the upcoming weeks and months to go along with already established dates in July, September and November. The series ran seven events in 2019 and four in 2018, with Allison taking both season points titles.
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.
2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule
July 3 Night of Fire, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
Sept. 4 Throwback Night, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
Nov. 6 West Coast Short Track Championships, The Bullring at LVMS, Las Vegas