Keach takes season finale at The Bullring at LVMS
Las Vegas veteran driver Stan Mullis can now add Late Model Truck Series champion to his racing resume.
The 52-year-old Las Vegan finished second at the West Coast Short Track Championships, the 2021 season finale, to wrap up the 2021 season points crown and forever etch his name in the history books. Mullis finished .783 of a second behind Lee Keech – who won a LMTS race in April of 2019 – at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night to clinch the title.
It was Mullis’ first LMTS season title and broke the streak of two-time points champion Mark Allison, who finished third at the 2021 season finale. LMTS co-manager Gary Wyatt finished fourth on Saturday, with longtime truck series driver Jim Putman taking fifth.
“Congratulations to Stan for a great season and the 2021 points championship,” said LMTS Co-Manager Mike Riefler, who finished eighth. “Gary and I were thrilled with a strong season this year after having to take 2020 off for COVID-19, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the series. It was an honor to have guys like Jim Putman, who date back to the early days of the Speed Truck Series, with us at the 2021 finale, and we are excited for 2022 and beyond.”
The region’s truck racing lineage dates 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.
West Coast Short Track Championships
The Bullring at LVMS
Saturday, Nov. 6
1. Lee Keach; 2. Stan Mullis (-.783 of a second); 3. Mark Allison (-1.008); 4. Gary Wyatt (-2.422); 5. Jim Putman (-3.807); 6. Curtis Burns (-4.911); 7. Arlie Daniel (-5 laps); 8. Mike Riefler (-23 laps).