Series’ 35-lap feature to be part of tribute to local first responders
The Late Model Truck Series will be part of an action-packed Hometown Heroes Night lineup at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
The series’ fourth season continues with the first of three scheduled stops at the 3/8-mile paved oval in its home city. Drivers will do battle for 35 laps on a night dedicated to honoring the area’s first responders.
“It’s always great to race at The Bullring, and being part of Hometown Heroes Night is extra special,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We had a great start to the season at Irwindale, and Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait to see who takes the checkered flag in Las Vegas. Our series is gaining momentum in the region, and we can’t wait to put on a show for the fans.”
Local racers Stan Mullis, the series’ defending points champion, and Mark Allison, a two-time series points champion who won the season-opener in California on March 12, highlight a talented field of drivers who will compete on Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. PT, and a driver autograph session will be held at 5:35 before a first responders parade.
Resurrected in 2018, the LMTS has conducted 17 races throughout the Southwest region in recent years, including a six-race schedule in 2021 after a year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Las Vegas’ Mark Allison won the series points championship in 2018 and 2019, and fellow Las Vegas native Mullis took home last year’s series title.
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.
2022 Late Model Truck Series schedule
April 9 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada
May 14 Irwindale Speedway and Event Center Irwindale, California
June 4 The Speedway at Willow Springs Rosamond, California
July 3 Night of Fire, The Bullring at LVMS Las Vegas, Nevada
Sept. 10 Irwindale Speedway and Event Center Irwindale, California
Oct. 14 LMTS Championship Night/ARCA Menards Series West race
The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada