Veteran holds off two-time series champ Allison in California
Despite a battered front end, veteran wheelman Stan Mullis drove to his second consecutive Late Model Truck Series victory after 30 laps of hard racing at Orange Show Speedway on Saturday night.
Mullis, who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Sept. 22, survived some fender-bending exchanges with two-time series points champion Mark Allison and Curtis Burns to take the checkered flag for the second time this season. Mullis’ left front fender didn’t make it to the end of the race, instead going home with a loyal fan from the San Bernardino, Calif., track. Allison finished .349 of a second back, with Burns 8.611 seconds off the pace.
Arlie Daniel was fourth, with LMTS co-managers Michael Riefler and Gary Wyatt finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. It was the series’ first appearance at the quarter-mile paved oval since Allison won there on June 29, 2019.
“It was great to be back at Orange Show Speedway and partner with American Racer Tire, and Stan did a great job surviving some tough racing to win again,” Riefler said. “We’ve had four different winners in five races, and it has been a wonderful season. Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait to finish the season and crown our season champion at The Bullring next month.”
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.
Oct. 9 race results (30 laps)
Orange Show Speedway
1. Stan Mullis; 2. Mark Allison (-.349 of a second); 3. Curtis Burns (-8.611); 4. Arlie Daniel (-13.054); 5. Michael Riefler (-1 lap); 6. Gary Wyatt (-13 laps).
2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule
West Coast Short Track Championships, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas