Season points race heating up as fifth of seven events looms large
Las Vegas veteran driver Mark Allison will look to protect his Late Model Truck Series points lead at the iconic Night of Fire at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night.
Allison, a two-time LMTS points champion, will take aim at his third win of the season this weekend as he tries to add to his 21-point advantage, 252-231, over series co-manager Gary Wyatt. Sunday’s 35-lap feature will be the fifth of seven LMTS events on the 2022 schedule, so points will be at a premium during the one-of-a-kind race night.
Stan Mullis won the series’ most recent race on June 4 at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, California, and Lee Keach also has a trip to the winner’s circle this season after taking the checkered flag at The Bullring on Hometown Heroes Night on April 9.
“It doesn’t get much better than the Night of Fire at The Bullring, and we can’t wait to get the trucks on the track in our home city,” said series co-manager Mike Riefler, who is third in points with 205. “Gary Wyatt and I are trying to give Mark a run for his money in the points race this year, and we have a lot of talented drivers who have a chance to win every time the green flag drops. It’s going to be a great weekend, and we can’t wait to see the fireworks, both on and off the track!”
The Bullring’s Night of Fire features one of the best fireworks shows in the region, and race fans can enjoy that special treat after a full night of racing at the 3/8-mile paved oval. Sunday’s race is the last event for the LMTS until the trucks head to Irwindale Speedway and Event Center in Irwindale, California, on Sept. 10, and the series will conclude its 2022 season back at The Bullring with Championship Night on Oct. 14.
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 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.
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