Fourth of seven Late Model Truck Series events is near photo finish
Veteran drivers Stan Mullis and Mark Allison gave fans at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, California, a thrill to remember on Saturday night.
The Late Model Truck Series race came down to the wire, with Mullis edging Allison by a nose to take his first checkered flag of the season. Mullis, the series’ defending points champion, held off a charging Allison—a two-time LMTS points champion himself—after Allison had battled his way through lapped traffic and push Mullis to the limit.
“Wow, what a finish,” said series co-manager Mike Riefler, who finished fifth. “It was the closest finish in Late Model Truck Series history, and Gary Wyatt and I couldn’t be happier for the fans who came out to see our talented drivers put on a show. It was a treat to be back in Rosamond, and we can’t wait to take the trucks back to The Bullring for the Night of Fire.”
Saturday’s 35-lap feature was the first for LMTS at The Speedway at Willow Springs since Allison won there on Oct. 12, 2019. Mullis now has three LMTS career victories and looks to challenge Allison for the 2022 points race with three events remaining.
The series returns to action on Sunday, July 3, as part of one of the most celebrated events in the Southwest region—the Night of Fire at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event will be streamed live on www.Floracing.com.
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.
The Speedway at Willow Springs
Saturday, June 4
1. Stan Mullis; 2. Mark Allison; 3. Gary Wyatt; 4. Chloe Lynch; 5. Mike Riefler; 6. Arlie Daniel.
Remaining 2022 Late Model Truck Series schedule
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