Las Vegas veteran leads series’ all-time wins list with five
Late Model Truck Series driver Mark Allison made it two-for-two this year with another victory at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway and Event Center on Saturday night.
The series’ two-time season points champion took the lead away from rookie of the year contender Chloe Lynch and never looked back, winning for the second time in 2022 on the 1/3-mile setup and for the fifth time since LMTS returned to action in 2018. Fellow Las Vegas veteran Stan Mullis finished second, with series co-manager Gary Wyatt passing Lynch with just a few laps remaining to take third and Lynch settling for fourth.
Bill Black fell to fifth with truck issues, with series co-manager Mike Riefler taking sixth and Arlie Daniel finishing seventh. Allison and Wyatt each won six-lap heat races prior to the 30-lap feature.
“Mark drove a great race, and we had a lot of movement and action up front all through the feature,” Riefler said. “Gary and I loved taking the trucks back to Irwindale again, and we are excited about how our 2022 season is shaping up. It will be great to return to California in three weeks for another exciting race.”
The LMTS season continues June 4 at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, California for the fourth of seven events scheduled for 2022. LMTS drivers aren’t finished with Irwindale though and will return to the iconic track on Sept. 10.
Resurrected in 2018, the LMTS has conducted 20 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. Allison won the series points championship in 2018 and 2019, and fellow Las Vegas native Stan 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.
Series partners include the On Wheels Now online radio show – the longest-running motorsports radio show in Las Vegas – Campout and ReliableBanner.com.
Irwindale Speedway and Event Center (1/3-mile setup)
Saturday, May 14
1. Mark Allison; 2. Stan Mullis; 3. Gary Wyatt; 4. Chloe Lynch; 5. Bill Black; 6. Mike Riefler; 7. Arlie Daniel.
Remaining 2022 Late Model Truck Series schedule
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