Keach takes season finale at The Bullring at LVMS

Stan Mullis finished second in the Late Model Truck Series’ season finale at The Bullring on Nov. 6 to clinch his first career season points championship with the touring truck series.

Las Vegas veteran driver Stan Mullis can now add Late Model Truck Series champion to his racing resume.

The 52-year-old Las Vegan finished second at the West Coast Short Track Championships, the 2021 season finale, to wrap up the 2021 season points crown and forever etch his name in the history books. Mullis finished .783 of a second behind Lee Keech – who won a LMTS race in April of 2019 – at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night to clinch the title.

Lee Keach won his second career Late Model Truck Series feature by taking the checkered flag at the West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 6.


It was Mullis’ first LMTS season title and broke the streak of two-time points champion Mark Allison, who finished third at the 2021 season finale. LMTS co-manager Gary Wyatt finished fourth on Saturday, with longtime truck series driver Jim Putman taking fifth.

“Congratulations to Stan for a great season and the 2021 points championship,” said LMTS Co-Manager Mike Riefler, who finished eighth. “Gary and I were thrilled with a strong season this year after having to take 2020 off for COVID-19, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the series. It was an honor to have guys like Jim Putman, who date back to the early days of the Speed Truck Series, with us at the 2021 finale, and we are excited for 2022 and beyond.”

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.

West Coast Short Track Championships
The Bullring at LVMS
Saturday, Nov. 6
35-lap feature

1. Lee Keach; 2. Stan Mullis (-.783 of a second); 3. Mark Allison (-1.008); 4. Gary Wyatt (-2.422); 5. Jim Putman (-3.807); 6. Curtis Burns (-4.911); 7. Arlie Daniel (-5 laps); 8. Mike Riefler (-23 laps).

Bullring veteran riding two-race winning streak

Stan Mullis has a chance to make history at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The Las Vegas-based veteran driver will be looking to lock up the Late Model Truck Series season points championship at the West Coast Short Track Championships at the famous 3/8-mile paved oval. Mullis, who has won the last two LMTS races, will be going for three in a row and aiming to add his name to the history books as a series champion.

The 52-year-old wheelman leads series co-manager Gary Wyatt by 21 points heading into the season’s final 35-lap feature, with two-time LMTS points champion Mark Allison 23 points back. Driving the No. 10 LasVegas.net truck, Mullis won at The Bullring on Sept. 4, then went back-to-back by taking the checkered flag at Orange Show Speedway on Oct. 9.

“We have had a great 2021 season, with four different drivers winning and the series making a successful return after a year away due to COVID-19,” LMTS Co-Manager Mike Riefler said. “Gary and I are excited about being part of the West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring this weekend, and we can’t wait to crown our season champion. We encourage everyone to come out to the track and check out the action, because it’s going to be a great show!”

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.

2021 LMTS points standings

1. Stan Mullis, 305 points; 2. Gary Wyatt, 284; 3. Mark Allison, 282; 4. Michael Riefler, 235; 5. Arlie Daniel, 186; 6. Curtis Burns, 150; 7. Keaton Swane, 109; 8. Brandon Schilling, 104; 9. Michael Egurola, 102; 10. Lisa Bogart, 99; 11. Sean Davis, 83; 12. Chris Trickle, 65; 13. Matt Jaskol, 64; 14. (tie) Bill Black and Tim Richter, 57; 16. Jeremiah Wagner, 56; 17. (tie) Andy Sole and Billy Grasser, 54; 19. Lonnie Hochstetler, 50; 20. Court Connell, 44; 21. Jason Kiser, 38; 22. Fred Kiser, 36.

Remaining 2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Nov. 6
West Coast Short Track Championships
The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

Veteran holds off two-time series champ Allison in California

Las Vegas’ Stan Mullis won his second consecutive Late Model Truck Series race by taking the checkered flag at Orange Show Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Despite a battered front end, veteran wheelman Stan Mullis drove to his second consecutive Late Model Truck Series victory after 30 laps of hard racing at Orange Show Speedway on Saturday night.

Mullis, who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Sept. 22, survived some fender-bending exchanges with two-time series points champion Mark Allison and Curtis Burns to take the checkered flag for the second time this season. Mullis’ left front fender didn’t make it to the end of the race, instead going home with a loyal fan from the San Bernardino, Calif., track. Allison finished .349 of a second back, with Burns 8.611 seconds off the pace.

Arlie Daniel was fourth, with LMTS co-managers Michael Riefler and Gary Wyatt finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. It was the series’ first appearance at the quarter-mile paved oval since Allison won there on June 29, 2019.

Not even losing his front left fender could keep veteran driver Stan Mullis from winning the 30-lap race at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif.

“It was great to be back at Orange Show Speedway and partner with American Racer Tire, and Stan did a great job surviving some tough racing to win again,” Riefler said. “We’ve had four different winners in five races, and it has been a wonderful season. Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait to finish the season and crown our season champion at The Bullring next month.”

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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.

Oct. 9 race results (30 laps)
Orange Show Speedway
1. Stan Mullis; 2. Mark Allison (-.349 of a second); 3. Curtis Burns (-8.611); 4. Arlie Daniel (-13.054); 5. Michael Riefler (-1 lap); 6. Gary Wyatt (-13 laps).

2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Nov. 6
West Coast Short Track Championships, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

Bullring veteran adds name to list of truck series winners

Bullring veteran Stan Mullis earned his first career Late Model Truck Series victory on Throwback Night at the LVMS track on Saturday, Sept. 4. (Photo by Rob Street)

Veteran driver Stan Mullis could be considered a throwback to the early days of racing, and he fittingly chose Throwback Night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to earn his first career Late Model Truck Series victory on Saturday.

The 51-year-old from Las Vegas won his heat race, then went from ninth to first in a caution-free 35-lap feature. Series co-manager Gary Wyatt – who won the Night of Fire race on July 3 – finished second, 7.543 seconds back, while two-time series points champion Mark Allison took third.

It was Mullis’ first Bullring win since 2017, and he became the series’ fourth different driver to make his way to Victory Lane this season. Billy Grasser took fourth place, with Andy Sole rounding out the top five. The LMTS will return to action Oct. 9 at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif.

Stan Mullis drove the No. 10 truck to victory at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, finishing more than seven seconds ahead of second-place Gary Wyatt. (Photo by Rob Street)


“Throwback Night was a lot of fun, and it was great to see Stan get the checkered flag,” said Mike Riefler, the series’ co-manager who finished eighth. “We had another great race at The Bullring, and we have had four different winners in 2021, so the competition has been awesome. Gary Wyatt and I are excited to take the trucks to Orange Show Speedway in California next month and continue what has been a great season for the series.”

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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.

LMTS co-manager Gary Wyatt (No. 65) wheeled his way to a second-place finish at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Throwback Night. (Photo by Rob Street)


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.

Sept. 4 race results (35 laps)
Throwback Night
The Bullring at LVMS                      
1. Stan Mullis; 2. Gary Wyatt (-7.543 seconds); 3. Mark Allison (-8.264); 4. Billy Grasser (-9.071); 5. Andy Sole (-12.945); 6. Lonnie Hochstetler (-16.372); 7. Curtis Burns (-13 laps); 8. Michael Riefler (-13 laps); 9. Brandon Schilling (-16 laps); 10. Arlie Daniel (DNS).

2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Oct. 9
Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, Calif.
Nov. 6
West Coast Short Track Championships
The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

Past track champ earns first Fourth of July weekend win, notches 10th career Bullring triumph

Late Model Truck Series co-manager Gary Wyatt celebrates finally getting the elusive Night of Fire victory after out-dueling veteran Stan Mullis (background) on Saturday, July 3. (Photos by Rob Street)

Gary Wyatt had already accomplished a great deal at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but never was able to claim the elusive and treasured Night of Fire victory … until now.

The Late Model Truck Series co-manager passed Bullring veteran Stan Mullis on the second-to-last lap and held him off by .373 of a second to win the 35-lap feature on Saturday, July 3, and end a winless drought of more than 13 years. Wyatt – the track’s 2005 Bombers division season champion – had never won at the Night of Fire, The Bullring’s most anticipated event, and made his way to the winner’s circle for the first time since May 31, 2008.

“It’s awesome to finally win at the Night of Fire,” said Wyatt, who now has 10 career Bullring victories. “Ken Ash did a great job as my spotter, and he definitely helped me drive that truck. It’s great that all the hard work finally paid off.

“Stan was looking on the inside going into Turn 3, but I just had a little bit more momentum than he did and was able to stay in front of him. It felt really great.”

Late Model Truck Series co-managers Gary Wyatt, left, and Mike Riefler celebrate Wyatt’s Night of Fire victory at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 3.

Wyatt finished seventh in his heat race and started the feature race from the last position, 13th, due to the invert. Thanks to the help of Ash – the father of 59-time Bullring winner Dustin Ash – Wyatt was able to maneuver his way through the field and pass Mullis heading into the final lap at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

Brandon Schilling finished third, .955 of a second off the pace, with Jeremiah Wagner taking fourth and two-time and reigning LMTS season champion Mark Allison crossing the line fifth. Wyatt joined Matt Jaskol and Chris Trickle as a LMTS winner in 2021.

Gary Wyatt guided his No. 65 LMTS truck past 12 other drivers after starting from the back in the series’ 35-lap race during the Night of Fire at The Bullring at LVMS on Saturday night.

“I’m so happy for Gary. He’s a great driver and a wonderful partner who helped bring the Late Model Truck Series back from the dead and be a big deal again,” said Mike Riefler, the series’ co-manager who finished seventh. “It was great to see him go to the front from the back of the pack, and I know he’s excited to win on such a special night. We had a great truck count and awesome racing, and it was amazing to be part of the Night of Fire.”

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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.

July 3 results
Night of Fire
The Bullring at LVMS

35-lap feature
1. Gary Wyatt; 2. Stan Mullis (-.373 of a second); 3. Brandon Schilling (-.955); 4. Jeremiah Wagner (-1.434); 5. Mark Allison (-1.437); 6. Lisa Bogart (-1 lap); 7. Mike Riefler (-2 laps); 8. Keaton Swane (-4 laps); 9. Curtis Burns (-5 laps); 10. Sean Davis (-5 laps); 11. Arlie Daniel (-14 laps); 12. Jason Kiser (-19 laps); 13. Fred Kiser (-21 laps).

2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Sept. 4            Throwback Night, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
Oct. 9              Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, Calif.
Nov. 6        West Coast Short Track Championships, The Bullring at LVMS, Las Vegas

Regional series will heat up 3/8-mile paved oval with 35-lap feature

Race fans will fill the stands at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the highly popular Night of Fire on Saturday night, and the Late Model Truck Series will be part of the evening’s racing lineup. (Photo by Jeff Speer/LVMS)

The Late Model Truck Series will be part of this weekend’s wildly popular Night of Fire at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 3.

Top truck drivers from across the region will travel to the famous Vegas desert oval for the series’ third race of the season, a 35-lap feature that will be part of the track’s Fourth of July weekend celebration. Saturday’s racing also will include a pair of LMTS heat races, and drivers will have a practice session when spectator gates first open at 5 p.m. PT. Feature races are set to begin at 7 p.m. with the LMTS heat races, and fireworks will follow the night’s racing action.

“The Night of Fire at The Bullring is one of the best racing nights at any short track in the entire Southwest, and Gary Wyatt and I are thrilled the Late Model Truck Series will be part of such a great event,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We’ve had a great start to the 2021 season with two talented winners, and I know we will have a strong group of drivers battling for the checkered flag this weekend. It’s a great night for the whole family, and we hope to see race fans packing the stands.”

Las Vegas’ Matt Jaskol won the season-opener ahead of two-time LMTS season champion Mark Allison at The Bullring on April 17 with Bullring star Chris Trickle picking up his first LMTS victory at the track on May 8.

Riefler and Wyatt are working to finalize additional race dates for the upcoming weeks and months to go along with already established dates in July, September and November. The series ran seven events in 2019 and four in 2018, with Allison taking both season points titles.

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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.

2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule

July 3                Night of Fire, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

Sept. 4           Throwback Night, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

Oct. TBD

Nov. 6      West Coast Short Track Championships, The Bullring at LVMS, Las Vegas

Former teen phenom ties Kyle Busch for 10th on track’s all-time wins list since 2000

Las Vegas’ Chris Trickle ended nearly a five-year winless drought with his first Late Model Truck Series victory at The Bullring at LVMS on Saturday night.

Former teen phenom Chris Trickle found his way back to the winner’s circle for the first time in nearly five years at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Trickle, 20, took the checkered flag in the 30-lap Late Model Truck Series feature race on Blooming Memory Flowers Mother’s Night, ending a winless drought dating back to the fall of 2016. The Las Vegas driver won for the 25th time at The Bullring, tying Kyle Busch, Dave Green and Glen Burke for 10th on the 3/8-mile paved oval’s all-time Saturday night wins list since the 2000 reconfiguration with his first triumph since a NASCAR Super Late Models win at the track.

“I didn’t get any sleep last night, I was so excited,” said Trickle, who became a father to daughter Sara Lynn Trickle in 2018 and is looking to expand his racing lineup the remainder of 2021. “That is cool [to tie Kyle Busch], and I study Kyle all the time. I love how he drives and how he works, and he’s definitely someone I look up to.

“Going into this weekend, all I wanted was a top five, but we were really fast and stout all weekend long. I couldn’t thank Gary Wyatt, CSM Graphics and Cyber Solutions enough, and my spotter, Nick Lautenbach, was on point.”

Trickle crossed the line 3.229 seconds ahead of Phoenix-based driver Keaton Swane, with Bullring veteran Stan Mullis taking third, Bill Black finishing fourth and series co-manager Gary Wyatt rounding out the top five.

Chris Trickle’s last win came at The Bullring in a NASCAR Super Late Model in 2016. He tied two-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Las Vegas native Kyle Busch, among others, for 10th on the track’s all-time Saturday night wins list (since the 2000 reconfiguration) with 25 thanks to the victory.

Trickle finished fifth in his heat race after dealing with a spring issue on the left front of the truck, but was able to iron out the kinks in the feature. He quickly made his way to the front of the field in less than 10 laps and pulled away to punch his ticket for victory lane.

“I was not expecting to win that quickly coming back, but my guys just kept that Chevy truck really stout all weekend long,” said Trickle, who made headlines by winning a NASCAR Super Late Model race at The Bullring as a 14-year-old in 2014. “The horsepower and rolling through the corners is way different in the trucks than the Super Late Models, but I’m pretty good at adapting. Those trucks, I think I’m full throttle around the whole track, and they’re super fun to drive.”

Black and Mike Egurola won the six-lap heat races, and the drivers kept the hammer down and their noses clean for all 30 laps.

“It was a great night of racing, and it was awesome to see Chris back in the winner’s circle again,” Riefler said. “We had our second caution-less race of the season, and Gary Wyatt and I were thrilled to have 12 trucks on the track. We hope to make some scheduling announcements soon and are looking forward to an exciting summer.”

The series ran seven events in 2019 and four in 2018, with Allison taking both season points titles. Last year’s racing season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the series returned to action on April 17, with Las Vegas’ Matt Jaskol taking the win.

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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.

Regional series part of action-packed night at storied speedway

LAS VEGAS – The Late Model Truck Series will be back in action this weekend with a 30-lap feature at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Top truck drivers from across the region will travel to the 3/8-mile paved oval in the Vegas desert for the second race of the season, which will be part of Blooming Memory Flowers Mother’s Night. Las Vegas’ Matt Jaskol won the season-opener ahead of two-time LMTS season champion Mark Allison at The Bullring on April 17 but will be running in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in Darlington, S.C., this weekend, so the door will be open for a new 2021 winner.

“We had a great season-opening race at The Bullring in April, and we are excited about kicking off Mother’s Day weekend with a competitive 30-lap feature on Saturday night,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Gary Wyatt and I, along with the other drivers, can’t wait to get back on the track, and we are looking for an action-packed 2021 season.”

Saturday’s racing also will include a pair of six-lap LMTS heat races before opening ceremonies, and drivers will have two practice sessions before spectator gates open at 5 p.m. PT. Feature races are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Riefler and Wyatt are working to finalize additional race dates for the upcoming weeks and months to go along with already established dates in September and November. The series ran seven events in 2019 and four in 2018, with Allison taking both season points titles.

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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.

Regional series back on track after COVID-19 hiatus

Las Vegas’ Matt Jaskol earned his first Late Model Truck Series victory at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 17 as the series kicked off the 2021 season. (Madd Creative Images photos)

LAS VEGAS – Part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Matt Jaskol took the checkered flag as the Late Model Truck Series returned to action for the first time in nearly 17 months at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The 36-year-old Agoura Hills, California, native and longtime Las Vegas resident edged two-time series champion Mark Allison by less than three truck-lengths at the 3/8-mile paved oval after passing him for the lead with five to go. Jaskol – a racing veteran and professional sky diver who won the 2007 ASA Speed Truck Championship – outlasted seven other trucks in the 30-lap feature under the lights.

“I honestly didn’t think I had anything for Mark Allison, and I even told my spotter, Aaron McMorran, I thought we were going to finish second,” said Jaskol, a Bullring regular in the 2000s who finished 28th at the Cook Out 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 11. “It was really tight throughout the race, and if there had been a yellow, it would have been an awesome finish. Life’s taken me on quite a journey in recent years, so to be back behind the wheel racing again was great.”

Matt Jaskol drove the No. 9 Late Model Truck Series to victory at The Bullring at LVMS on Saturday, edging two-time series champ Mark Allison and Stan Mullis for the checkered flag.

It was the first LMTS race since Nov. 23, 2019, after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was so great to be back on the track again after so long, and Gary Wyatt and I couldn’t be happier with the great racing the series was able to provide fans at our home track,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Matt and Mark put on a show, and we are excited for the rest of 2021 as we get back to racing.”

Las Vegas native, Bullring regular and NASCAR Xfinity Series veteran Stan Mullis finished third after battling at the front down the stretch, while Tim Richter – the former Bullring track director for LVMS – took fourth in his first LMTS race. Allison and Michael Egurola also earned six-lap heat race wins prior to the feature at the season-opener.

The LMTS will return to action at The Bullring on May 8, and Riefler says the series has a number of tentative race dates he and Wyatt are working to finalize for the upcoming weeks and months. The series ran seven events in 2019 and four in 2018, with Allison taking both season points titles.

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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.

Mark Allison
Mark Allison talks with The Bullring’s Darian Gilliam after winning his second consecutive Late Model Truck Series season title.  (Photos courtesy of Instant Images/LVMS)

 

Phoenix’s Ricky Bogart wins 2019 season finale

LAS VEGAS – It may be too early to call it a dynasty, but Mark Allison is the Late Model Truck Series season champion once again.

The Las Vegas veteran driver finished fifth in the 35-lap season finale that was part of the West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night to clinch his second consecutive season points title. Allison entered the race holding a 39-point advantage over John Nahoopii, who finished seventh in Las Vegas.

“I’ve got to thank Mike Riefler and Gary Wyatt for letting me drive this truck, and we’ve had a good year,” said Allison, of Las Vegas. “I want to thank my sponsors K&N Filters and Hypercoil Springs. These trucks are a lot of fun to drive.”

Allison confirmed he will be back in the series next year as he chases a three-peat.

“They want me to run next year, so I think I will,” Allison said.

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Ricky Bogart of Phoenix won his second straight Late Model Truck Series feature race after taking the checkered flag at the West Coast Short Track Championships at The Bullring at LVMS on Saturday night. 

 

Ricky Bogart of Phoenix took the checkered flag for the second straight race, 3.033 seconds ahead of Andrew Porter of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Lee Keach was third, Bill Black took fourth and Allison rounded out the top five.

“I had to give it 100 percent, and I knew traffic was going to be an issue at some point,” said the 44-year-old Bogart, a third-generation racer. “I want to thank Sean Davis, Brian and Fisher Industries for giving me a great truck. This thing’s awesome, and I can’t wait for next year.”

Bullring regular Stan Mullis finished sixth, Nahoopii crossed the line in seventh, Mike McKearn of Las Vegas was eighth and series co-managers Gary Wyatt and Mike Riefler finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 14-truck field. Porter and McKearn won the series’ six-lap qualifying heat races to start the afternoon.

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A total of 14 Late Model Truck Series trucks took the green flag for the 35-lap season finale in Las Vegas.

 

Saturday’s 35-lap feature at the LVMS short track capped a successful seven-race season for the second-year series. Five different drivers won LMTS races this year.

“Congratulations to Mark Allison, who has been a great champion for our series, as well as Ricky Bogart, who is ending 2019 on a hot streak,” Riefler said. “Gary Wyatt and I would like to thank all of our drivers and sponsors for a great 2019 season, and we can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for our growing series. We’re excited about the future.”

The region’s truck racing lineage dates back 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 – Melling Performance Racing, The Bomber Nation, KO Mechanical Services, Gary’s Trailer Repair, Nevada Pic-A-Part, The “Racer’s Rewards” Contingency Connection, Richmond Gear, Campout, ReliableBanner.com and Bearing King AZ.

Late Model Truck Series results
The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Nov. 23

35-lap feature
1. Ricky Bogart; 2. Andrew Porter (-3.033 seconds); 3. Lee Keach (-14.420); 4. Bill Black (-16.061); 5. Mark Allison (-16.666); 6. Stan Mullis (-1 lap); 7. John Nahoopii (-1 lap); 8. Mike McKearn (-1 lap); 9. Gary Wyatt (-2 laps); 10. Mike Riefler (-3 laps); 11. Gary Cheek (-8 laps); 12. Lisa Bogart (-11 laps); 13. Sean Davis (-30 laps); 14. Chris Vindhurst (-33 laps).
*2019 season champion: Mark Allison