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The Late Model Truck Series returns to Havasu 95 Speedway this Saturday night for its second-to-last event of the 2019 season.  (Madd Creative Images photo)


Race is second-to-last event of 2019 season for second-year series

LAS VEGAS – Fans flocking to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this weekend will be treated to an exciting Late Model Truck Series 35-lap feature as part of the evening’s racing lineup.

Points leader Mark Allison will lead a talented group of racers to the iconic short track for the second-to-last LMTS event of the 2019 season on Campout/Melling weekend for the series. With points at a premium, the pressure will be on Allison – the series’ defending season champion – to maintain his lead as the season comes to a close.

“I think I’ve got a pretty good shot at it,” said Allison, who has two LMTS victories this season. “I’ve done pretty well with that truck, and the owners are pretty happy with me, so we’re going to try and go win the championship. I like racing at Havasu, it’s a fun little track.”

The LMTS feature will be part of a full night of racing that will include a 75-lap SPEARS Modified Series race and features from the Get it in Gear Stocks and Sam Nichols Electrical Factory Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m. MT, and racing begins at 6.

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“Havasu 95 Speedway is a great track, and Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait to bring the Late Model Truck Series back there again,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We had a competitive race there last November, and we’re looking to put on another great show again this Saturday night. The points race is heading to the final stretch, and it will be interesting to see how the championship battle plays out.”

Allison leads John Nahoopi by 25 points, 304-279, heading into Saturday, with Mike McKearn third with 241, series co-manager Wyatt in fourth with 202 and Bill Black rounding out the top five with 185. Riefler is next with 179, followed by Andrew Porter – who won the LMTS race at Havasu 95 Speedway last November – in seventh with 112.

This weekend’s race is the sixth of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23.

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.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Nov. 2              Havasu 95 Speedway                                              Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23            The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway        Las Vegas

2019 Late Model Truck Series points standings
(Through Oct. 12 races)

 

1. Mark Allison 304 points; 2. John Nahoopi 279; 3. Mike McKearn 241; 4. Gary Wyatt 202; 5. Bill Black 185; 6. Mike Riefler 179; 7. Andrew Porter 112; 8. Gary Cheek 92; 9. Pat Petrie 85; 10. Sean Davis 83; 11. Lee Keach 65; 12. Cody Cambensy 64; 13. Matt Daly 59; 14. Stan Mullis 58; 15. Matt Jaskol 58; 16. Aaron McMorran 56; 17. Michael Egurloa 56; 18. Richard Bogart 50; 19. Cindy Clark 48; 20. Bob Santa Maria 48; 21. Kenny Smith 48; 22. Dow Woerner 46; 23. Patrick O’Hanley 46; 24. David Amaduzzi 40; 25. Mike Young 34.

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Mark Allison became the first repeat winner for the Late Model Truck Series this year with his triumph at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., on Saturday night. 


Defending series champion wins for second year in a row at California track

Late Model Truck Series points leader Mark Allison kept his stellar 2019 season rolling with a big victory at The Speedway at Willow Springs on Saturday night.

The defending series champion crossed the line ahead of Gary Cheek and five other talented LMTS drivers in the 35-lap feature, which was part of Camp Out Inc./Reliable Banner Race Weekend for the series. Allison, of Las Vegas, won at Orange Show Speedway in late June, and he became the series’ first two-time race winner this season.

Saturday’s race was the fifth of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also will visit Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 2.

“We had another great race, and Mark Allison just continues to shine in our series,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “He’s our defending champion for a reason, and he helped us put on a good show at a great track. Gary Wyatt and I are excited about the final two events of the season next month, and it will be interesting to see how everything plays out down the stretch.”

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.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule


Nov. 2             Havasu 95 Speedway                                                  Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23           The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway           Las Vegas

Oct. 12 results
The Speedway at Willow Springs
Rosamond, Calif.

1. Mark Allison; 2. Gary Cheek; 3. John Nahoopi; 4. Stan Mullis; 5. Mike McKearn; 6. Gary Wyatt; 7. Mike Riefler.

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The Late Model Truck Series returns to The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., this Saturday for a 35-lap feature.  (Photos by Madd Creative Images)

 

Defending series champion going for two straight at California track

LAS VEGAS – Late Model Truck Series points leader Mark Allison will be looking for another checkered flat at The Speedway at Willow Springs on Saturday night.

The defending series champion won at the California track last October on his way to the season title, and he’ll be looking to become the first LMTS repeat winner in 2019. Allison, of Las Vegas, won at Orange Show Speedway in late June, but the series has seen four different drivers make their way to Victory Lane so far this season.

“Gary Wyatt and I have been thrilled by the parity we’ve seen so far this season,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We had a record truck count at The Bullring in Las Vegas in late August, and we expect a great field at The Speedway at Willow Springs this Saturday night. It will be interesting to see if we have another different race winner or if someone will get win No. 2 for the year this weekend.”

Saturday’s 35-lap feature comes on Camp Out Inc./Reliable Banner Race Weekend for the series. Heat races will begin at 5 p.m. PT, with main events starting at 6.

Allison leads John Nahoopi by 16 points, 237-221, heading into Saturday, with Mike McKearn third with 188, Bill Black in fourth at 185 and series co-manager Wyatt fifth with 151. Allison edged Riefler for the win at The Speedway at Willow Springs last October in his black No. 3 truck.

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Mark Allison won at The Speedway at Willow Springs last year on his way to the Late Model Truck Series season championship.

 

This weekend’s race is the fifth of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also will visit Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this fall.

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.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Oct. 12                The Speedway at Willow Springs                         Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2                 Havasu 95 Speedway                                              Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23               The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway       Las Vegas

2019 Late Model Truck Series points standings
(Through Aug. 31 races)

  1. Mark Allison 237 points;2. John Nahoopi 221; 3. Mike McKearn 188; 4. Bill Black 185; 5. Gary Wyatt 151; 6. Mike Riefler 131; 7. Andrew Porter 112; 8. Pat Petrie 85; 9. Sean Davis 83; 10. Lee Keach 65; 11. Cody Cambensy 64; 12. Matt Daly 59; 13. Matt Jaskol 58; 14. Aaron McMorran 56; 15. Michael Egurloa 56; 16. Richard Bogart 50; 17. (tie) Cindy Clark, Kenny Smith and Bob Santa Maria 48; 20. (tie) Dow Woerner and Patrick O’Hanley 46; 22. David Amaduzzi 40; 23. Mike Young 34; 24. Gary Cheek 32.

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Cody Cambensy of Tucson, Ariz., bested a field of 14 other talented drivers at Pack the Track Night presented by K&N Air Filters at The Bullring at LVMS on Saturday.  (Photos courtesy of Jeff Speer/LVMS)

 

LAS VEGAS – Cody Cambensy had never been to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he didn’t let that stop him from taking the checkered flag in the Late Model Truck Series race at Pack the Track Night presented by K&N Air Filters on Saturday.

The Tucson, Ariz., driver wheeled his way to Victory Lane in the 35-lap Campout LMTS race presented by Richmond Gear, crossing the line more than three seconds ahead of a photo finish between Matt Jaskol and Michael Egurloa. Cambensy survived a late re-start to top a 15-truck field, the largest since the series returned to action last year.

“I’d never been to this track, and I didn’t know if these guys were going to be able to get underneath me on that last re-start,” said Cambensy, who joined Bill Black, Lee Keach and Mark Allison as LMTS feature winners this season. “The first (re-start), I didn’t do too well at it, but I’m thrilled to bring it home. I decided to come out here with my teammate Bob (Santa Maria) and have some fun, and I couldn’t do it without all the guys.

“I’ve got to thank TMI, Lawley Chevrolet, Dustin Ash, Brandon Farrington, my wife, my cousin Joe and everyone else on this team for helping me.”

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Cody Cambensy (No. 22) won the 35-lap LMTS feature by more than three seconds to become the series’ fourth different winner of the 2019 season.

 

Points leader Mark Allison finished fourth, with John Nahoopi taking fifth place in the feature. Both qualifying heat races were ultra competitive as well, with Black taking the first six-lap heat race by .440 of a second ahead of Sean Davis and Cambensy finishing second to Egurloa by .170 in the second heat.

“We had a great night of racing in both the heat races and the main event, and our truck count was the highest yet,” LMTS co-manager Mike Riefler said. “There are so many great drivers in our region, and it’s a thrill for Gary Wyatt and myself to see them come together for awesome action like we had at The Bullring on Saturday. We’re excited about our next two events and can’t wait to get back to Las Vegas for our Championship Night in November.”

Saturday’s race was the fourth of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also visits The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 12 and Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 2.

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The Late Model Truck Series had a record 15 entries in Saturday’s feature in Las Vegas.

 

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.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Oct. 12             The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2              Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23            The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway           Las Vegas


LMTS 35-lap feature
The Bullring at LVMS
Saturday, Aug. 31

Results
1. Cody Cambensy; 2. Matt Jaskol; 3. Michael Egurloa; 4. Mark Allison (-4.042 seconds); 5. John Nahoopi (-5.450); 6. Bill Black (-6.450); 7. Bob Santa Maria (-6.857); 8. Patrick O’Hanley (-11.048); 9. Gary Wyatt (-1 lap); 10. Mike McKearn (-1 lap); 11. Davide Amaduzzi (-11 laps); 12. Sean Davis (-11 laps); 13. Mike Riefler (-15 laps); 14. Mike Young (-15 laps); 15. Gary Cheek (-17 laps).

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Defending series champion Allison leads standings heading into Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The Late Model Truck Series is ready to “double down” with its second race of the year at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The series is set for a 35-lap Campout Late Model Truck Series race presented by Richmond Gear at Pack the Track Night presented by K&N Air Filters at the 3/8-mile paved oval. It will be part of a nine-race schedule, and LMTS drivers will participate in an autograph session on the track at 6 p.m. Pacific Time before racing begins.

“The Bullring is our home track, and we’re excited to be back for another big-time race,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We have a great field for this weekend’s race, and Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait to see who battles for the checkered flag. We’ve had an exciting season so far with three different winners, and it’s going to be a heck of a race in Las Vegas!”

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The Late Model Truck Series will make its second of three appearances in 2019 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.  (Photo by Madd C Images)

 

Defending series champion Mark Allison leads the 2019 points standings by 15 points, 182-167, over John Nahoopi of Hereford, Ariz., with Mike McKearn (146 points), Bill Black (128) and Andrew Porter (112) rounding out the top five. This weekend’s talented field will include multi-sport athlete and TV reality star Matt Jaskol, a Las Vegas native.

Jaskol is best known for being a cast member on the ABC show “Castaways” and also has worked in the film industry as a stuntman. Jaskol is a LMTS veteran, having raced in the series when it was known as the ASA Speed Trucks Series and winning the series title in 2005.

He also has raced in the Formula BMW Series, Skip Barber National Championship Series and the World Karting Association Series. Jaskol’s last Bullring appearance came in 2008, when he won the 20th annual Fall Classic’s Open Comp NASCAR Super Late Model race.

This weekend’s race is the fourth of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also will visit The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., and Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this fall.

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The Bullring at LVMS is the home track for the Late Model Truck Series, and series organizers expect a big field for this weekend’s 35-lap feature.

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.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Aug. 31             The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway           Las Vegas
Oct. 12              The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2               Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23             The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway           Las Vegas

2019 Late Model Truck Series points standings
(Through June 29 races)

  1. Mark Allison 182 points; 2. John Nahoopi 167; 3. Mike McKearn 146; 4. Bill Black 128; 5. Andrew Porter 112; 6. Gary Wyatt 107; 7. Mike Riefler 95; 8. Pat Petrie 85; 9. Lee Keach 65; 10. Matt Daly 59; 11. Aaron McMorran 56; 12. Richard Bogart 50; 13. Cindy Clark 48; 14. (tie) Kenny Smith and Dow Woerner 46; 16. Sean Davis 45.

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Reigning Late Model Truck Series champion Mark Allison became the series’ first repeat winner after taking the checkered flag at Orange Show Speedway on Saturday night.  (Madd Creative Images photos)

 

Veteran driver becomes series’ first repeat winner in two years

LAS VEGAS – After becoming the Late Model Truck Series’ first season champion last year, Mark Allison added another first to his resume on Saturday night.

The 2018 points champ won the 35-lap feature at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., to become the series’ first repeat winner since its return to action a year ago. Allison, who hails from Las Vegas, edged Bill Black for the checkered flag at the quarter-mile paved oval for his second career LMTS win.

Allison, who also won a race on Oct. 13 en route to the championship last fall, leads the 2019 series points standings through three races. Three different drivers have found Victory Lane this year, and Allison’s California triumph ended a streak of six straight LMTS races with different winners.

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Las Vegas’ Mark Allison picked up his second LMTS win in seven races and leads the 2019 points standings after three events.

 

The Late Model Truck Series returns to action with a 35-lap feature at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Pack the Track Night on Aug. 31.

“We had another great race at Orange Show Speedway over the weekend, and Mark Allison showed why he’s our defending series champ,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “We’ve had a wonderful variety of race winners so far in two years of the Late Model Truck Series, and Gary Wyatt and I are excited for the rest of the 2019 season. It’s going to be an action-packed summer and fall, and we’re looking forward to bringing great racing to short track fans across the region.”

Saturday’s race was the third of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also will visit The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., and Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this year.

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The Late Model Truck Series had a successful first visit to Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif.

 

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 35-lap feature
Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, Calif.
June 29 results

  1. Mark Allison; 2. Bill Black; 3. Gary Wyatt; 4. John Nahoopi; 5. Michael Riefler; 6. Mike McKearn.

 

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule


Aug. 31
             The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
Oct. 12              The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2               Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23             The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas

 

LMTS 2019 Independence Flyer

Division set for 35-lap feature at Orange Show Speedway

LAS VEGAS – Reigning Late Model Truck Series champion Mark Allison will take his 2019 season points lead to Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., for a 35-lap feature on Saturday night.

The 2018 points champ heads into this weekend’s race with a five-point lead over Andrew Porter, 117-112, with John Nahoopi six points back in third. Pat Petrie enters Saturday’s event in fifth place, while Bill Black – who won the LMTS season-opener at Havasu 95 Speedway on March 23 – in sixth and Lee Keach holding down seventh place after making his way to the winner’s circle at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 20.

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Mark Allison of Las Vegas leads the Late Model Truck Series points standings again this season after taking the series title in 2018.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

“We can’t wait to get to San Bernardino for our third race of the season, and it has been an exciting year for the Late Model Truck Series so far,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Gary Wyatt and I have been blown away by the racing in our series in 2019, and the points battle is shaping up nicely. Orange Show Speedway is a great track, and we are thrilled to bring our series to another top-notch quarter-mile.”

This weekend’s race is the third of seven LMTS events scheduled for 2019, and the season will culminate on Championship Night at The Bullring at LVMS on Nov. 23. The LMTS also will visit The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., and Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this year.

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The Late Model Truck Series will make its first stop at Orange Show Speedway this Saturday night.  (Photo courtesy of Orange Show Speedway)

 

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.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule

June 29                 Orange Show Speedway                                    San Bernardino, Calif.
Aug. 31                  The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway    Las Vegas
Oct. 12                   The Speedway at Willow Springs                      Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2                     Havasu 95 Speedway                                         Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23                   The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway    Las Vegas

2019 Late Model Truck Series points standings
(Through April 20 races)

  1. Mark Allison 117 points; 2. Andrew Porter 112; 3. John Nahoopi 111; 4. Mike McKearn 94; 5. Pat Petrie 85; 6. Bill Black 67; 7. Lee Keach 65; 8. Matt Daly 59; 9. Aaron McMorran 56; 10. Richard Bogart 50; 11. (tie) Gary Wyatt and Cindy Clark 48; 13. (tie) Kenny Smith and Dow Woerner 46; 15. Sean Davis 45; 16. Mike Riefler 42.

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Veteran driver Lee Keach held off some strong challengers to make his way to the Winner’s Circle at The Bullring at LVMS on Saturday, April 20.  (Madd Creative Images photos)

 

LAS VEGAS – Lee Keach enjoyed some “home cookin’” at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, winning the Late Model Truck Series race after 35 hard-fought laps.

The Las Vegas veteran driver fought off a number of different challengers throughout the feature at the 3/8-mile paved oval before edging Matt Daly of Minot, N.D., by .853 of a second for the checkered flag. Daly did his best to get around the 63-year-old and his United Nissan-sponsored truck down the stretch, but had to settle for second place.

“We were saving our truck most of the race,” said Keach, who won races in the truck series when it was known as the American Speed Association Truck Series in the late 1990s. “I won in this series years ago, but this is actually my first (Late Model Truck Series) race. I’d like to thank my crew and all my sponsors.”

Andrew Porter of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., fought his way to a third-place finish, just .913 of a second off the pace, while defending series champion Mark Allison took fourth 1.816 behind Keach. John Nahoopii of Hereford, Ariz., who won the first six-lap heat race earlier in the night, was fifth.

The race was part of The Bullring’s third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing weekend of the year and was the “Your Insurance Dude Weekend” for the LMTS.

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Lee Keach drove his United Nissan No. 03 truck to the checkered flag at the 3/8-mile paved oval in Las Vegas.

 

“We had a great turnout of talented drivers, and it was great to see a veteran like Lee Keach make his way back to the Winner’s Circle,” LMTS Co-Manager Mike Riefler said. “It was a great race, and Lee really had to earn it against a strong field. Gary Wyatt and I always love bringing the Late Model Truck Series to The Bullring, and we can’t wait to make our debut at Orange Show Speedway on June 29.”

Nahoopii won the heat race by just .091 of a second ahead of Porter, while Sean Davis took the second heat race by .265 of a second ahead of Allison. Ricky Bogart finished sixth in the feature, with defending Bullring Skid Plate Car champion Cindy Clark taking seventh, Dow Woerner coming across eighth and Mike McKearn finishing ninth.

Davis had to settle for 10th place 10 laps down, while a blown right front tire sent Pat Petrie to the pits just 14 laps into the race.

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A host of talented drivers made their way to Las Vegas for the Late Model Truck Series’ second 35-lapper of the year.

 

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.

Results
Late Model Truck Series 35-lap feature
1. Lee Keach; 2. Matt Daly (-.853 of a second); 3. Andrew Porter (-.913); 4. Mark Allison (-1.816); 5. John Nahoopii (-7.405); 6. Ricky Bogart (-9.830); 7. Cindy Clark (-16.265); 8. Dow Woerner (-1 lap); 9. Mike McKearn (-1 lap); 10. Sean Davis (-10 laps); 11. Pat Petrie (-21 laps).

Remaining Late Model Truck Series 2019 schedule

June 29               Orange Show Speedway                                        San Bernardino, Calif.
Aug. 31                The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway        Las Vegas
Oct. 12                 The Speedway at Willow Springs                         Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2                   Havasu 95 Speedway                                              Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23                The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway        Las Vegas

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The Late Model Truck Series will make the first of three stops at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 20.  (Photo courtesy of LVMS/Jeff Speer)     


LAS VEGAS –
More than a dozen trucks are expected to take the green flag when the Late Model Truck Series heads to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The regional truck series will be at its home track for a 35-lap feature and a pair of heat races, which will be part of The Bullring’s third NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing weekend of the year. It is the “Your Insurance Dude Weekend” for the LMTS, which now in its second year of operation.

“It’s always fun to run at The Bullring, and Gary Wyatt and I expect a strong field for this weekend’s race,” LMTS Co-Manager Mike Riefler said. “We had a great start to the season at Havasu 95 Speedway in March, and we’re excited for our second of seven events in 2019. It’s going to be a great weekend of racing, and we encourage short track fans to come enjoy some great action in Las Vegas.”

Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. PT, with racing beginning at 7. Saturday’s event will be the first of three LMTS stops at The Bullring in 2019, including Championship Night on Nov. 23.

Las Vegas local Mark Allison is the defending series champion, and other drivers expected to challenge for the checkered flag include Bullring veteran Pat Petrie of Henderson, Nev., and John Nahoopi of Tucson, Ariz., who will be running the full LMTS schedule in 2019. Allison and Petrie will be pulling double duty on Saturday night, as they are also racing in the NASCAR 602 Modifieds feature as well.

 

LMTS LVMS April 2019 RACE FLYER

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, Bearing King AZ and Hear Clear.

Remaining Late Model Truck Series 2019 schedule

April 20          The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
June 29          Orange Show Speedway                                           San Bernardino, Calif.
Aug. 31           The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
Oct. 12            The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2             Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23           The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas

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Phoenix’s Bill Black won the season-opening Late Model Truck Series race at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on March 23.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

Bill Black of Phoenix added his name to the list of Late Model Truck Series race winners at the season-opener at Havasu 95 Speedway on Saturday night.

Black, driving the Empire Cat-sponsored No. 9 black truck, made his way to the front after starting in the rear of the 10-truck field. He edged 2018 LMTS Champion Mark Allison – who also started at the back – by 1.158 seconds to take the checkered flag in the 35-lap race, which was presented by Bearing King.

Aaron McMorran – a four-time track champion at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – finished third, 3.394 seconds off the pace. John Nahoopii of Tucson, Ariz., and Andrew Porter of Irwindale, Calif., are back for another year of LMTS racing and followed in fourth and fifth, respectively, with Mike McKearn, LMTS co-manager Gary Wyatt, Ken Smith, Pat Petrie and LMTS co-manager Mike Riefler rounding out the top 10.

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Bill Black piloted the No. 9 Empire Cat-sponsored truck to Victory Lane in both the heat race and 35-lap feature on Saturday night. Reigning LMTS Champion Mark Allison was second in the No. 3 truck.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

Black won both the heat race and main event, earning him a custom race ear bud from Hear Clear, a LMTS sponsor that makes hearing aids and custom race ear buds. Saturday’s event was the first of two LMTS stops at Havasu 95 Speedway in 2019, with the second set for Nov. 2.

“It was an exciting race, with trucks going three-wide at times,” Riefler said. “All of the drivers and teams put on a great show for the fans, and we always have a great time at Havasu 95 Speedway. This was a great kickoff to our 2019 season, and we can’t wait to run at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 20.”

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, Bearing King AZ and Hear Clear.

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Ten trucks took on the Havasu 95 Speedway for the Late Model Truck Series’ 2019 season-opener on Saturday night.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

Race results
Havasu 95 Speedway
Saturday, March 23

Late Model Truck Series 35-lap race
1. Bill Black; 2. Mark Allison (-1.158 seconds); 3. Aaron McMorran (-3.394); 4. John Nahoopii (-4.108); 5. Andrew Porter (-4.965); 6. Mike McKearn (-7.923); 7. Gary Wyatt (-1 lap); 8. Ken Smith (-1 lap); 9. Pat Petrie (-2 laps); 10. Mike Riefler (-2 laps).

 

Remaining Late Model Truck Series 2019 schedule

April 20          The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
June 29          Orange Show Speedway                                           San Bernardino, Calif.
Aug. 31           The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
Oct. 12            The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 2             Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 23           The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas