Season points leader eyeing third win at California track in 2022
Las Vegas veteran driver Mark Allison is looking to remain perfect at Irwindale Speedway this weekend as the Late Model Truck Series returns for its third visit of 2022 on Saturday night.
Allison, a two-time LMTS points champion and 2022 points leader, won on the track’s 1/3-mile layout on March 12 and May 14 and is looking to solidify his points lead over series co-manager Gary Wyatt with a trifecta triumph this weekend. Allison leads Wyatt 312-282 in the points race heading into Saturday’s 35-lap feature on the track’s 1/3-mile oval, the second-to-last race of the season.
“We love racing at Irwindale, and Mark has been hard to beat there this year,” said series co-manager Mike Riefler, who is third in points with 252. “Gary Wyatt has had a great year, and earning points will be extra important for everyone this weekend in California. We have had a great year of racing, and we can’t wait to see more awesome action on Saturday night.”
Arlie Daniel is fourth in points with 237, with Stan Mullis rounding out the top five with 236 and LMTS Rookie of the Year frontrunner Chloe Lynch in sixth with 221. The series will conclude its 2022 season at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Championship Night on Oct. 14 as part of the ARCA Menards Series West event there that kicks off LVMS’ NASCAR weekend.
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.
Remaining 2022 Late Model Truck Series schedule
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
2022 LMTS Points Standings (Through July 3 races)
1. Mark Allison 312 points; 2. Gary Wyatt 282; 3. Michael Riefler 252; 4. Arlie Daniel 237; 5. Stan Mullis 236; 6. Chloe Lynch 221; 7. Bill Black 164; 8. Michael Egurola 116; 9. Gary Cheeks 89; 10. David Levitt 65; 11. Lee Keach 63; T12. Mike Young and Matt Jaskol 44; 14. Fred Kiser Jr. 40.