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Mark Allison won the 35-lap Late Model Truck Series feature at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., on Saturday night.  (Madd Creative Images photo)


Veteran driver takes over series points lead with win

LAS VEGAS – Mark Allison used some veteran know-how to drive to Victory Lane on Saturday night.

The longtime regional racer took the lead early in the Late Model Truck Series’ 35-lap feature at The Speedway at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., and never looked back. Allison, who started second, crossed the line ahead of series co-manager Mike Riefler, with California’s Eric Reschke taking third, LMTS co-manager Gary Wyatt finishing fourth and Mike McKearn rounding out the top five.

It was Allison’s first visit to California ¼-mile oval, and the Las Vegas native has now competed at nearly 60 tracks during his career.

“That’s the smallest track I’ve ever been on, and it was real hard to pass on,” said Allison, who is competing full time in the Lucas Oil Modifieds Series this year. “It’s a technical little track that’s flat and is a one-groover. Within the first few laps, we sorted ourselves out and that’s where we ran. It was a pretty good race, and we were all right there together.”

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Mark Allison started second, but quickly took the lead and crossed the line first ahead of Michael Riefler.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

With the race win, Allison took over the No. 1 spot in the Late Model Truck Series points standings. McKearn – who is taking over the No. 10 LMTS truck from Arlie Daniels for the rest of the season – won the heat race earlier in the evening.

“I raced them before when they had the ASA speed trucks, and they’re fun to drive,” Allison said. “The heat race was really good, too.”

The race was the feature of the Elgin Pro Stock Performance Prestige Weekend for the regional series and part of the track’s “Destruction in the Desert Race Nights” Part 1 of 2. Allison received a $250 product certificate toward Elgin Pro Stock Performance push rods or Black Ice Rocker Arms in addition to the payout, and the top five finishers took home The Racer’s Rewards Contingency Connection coupon books with up to $3,000 in race product coupons.

“Gary Wyatt and I put in a lot of work to make our trip to Rosamond, Calif., go as smooth as possible, and we have to thank our staff for making it all come together,” Riefler said. “Andy Daddario and his staff put on a great show, and everything they did went like clockwork and on schedule. We are excited and look forward to our next race at Havasu 95 Speedway on Nov. 10.”

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Driving the No. 3 truck, Mark Allison also took over the season points lead for the Late Model Truck Series with his California triumph.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

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 RacingThe Bomber NationKO Mechanical ServicesGary’s Trailer RepairNevada Pic-A-PartThe “Racer’s Rewards” Contingency ConnectionRichmond Gear and ReliableBanner.com.

Late Model Truck Series results
The Speedway at Willow Springs, Rosamond, Calif.
Saturday, Oct. 13

Late Model Truck Series 35-lap feature
1. Mark Allison; 2. Mike Riefler; 3. Eric Reschke; 4. Gary Wyatt; 5. Mike McKearn.

Remaining 2018 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Nov. 10         Havasu 95 Speedway               Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

LMTS WILLOWSPRINGS ELGIN FLYER 2

Specialty division set for 35-lap feature at The Speedway at Willow Springs

LAS VEGAS – The Late Model Truck Series is taking the show on the road to California this Saturday night.

The series – which has a long history in short track racing in the southwest – will have a 35-lap feature as part of its Elgin Pro Stock Performance Prestige Weekend at The Speedway at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif. The evening’s action is part of the 1/4-mile track’s “Destruction in the Desert Race Nights” Part 1 of 2.

“The Late Model Truck Series is gaining momentum, and Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait for this weekend,” said series organizer Michael Riefler, a longtime racing veteran and co-manager of the Late Model Truck Series. “We have had two exciting races at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and now we’re ready to showcase this great division to a new audience in California. It’s going to be a great night!”

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The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., is the next stop for the Late Model Truck Series.

 

The race winner will receive a $250 product certificate toward Elgin Pro Stock Performance push rods or Black Ice Rocker Arms in addition to the payout, and the top five finishers will take home The Racer’s Rewards Contingency Connection coupon books with up to $3,000 in race product coupons. The main event features start at 6.

The 1/4-mile oval is part of the eight race tracks and 600 acres that make up Willow Springs International Raceway. It is internationally recognized since 1953 as among the most prestigious in the World, and as of 1996, a California State Historical Landmark.

Michael Andretti, Tommy Kendall, Derrick Cope, and Nigel Mansell all hold track records at the facility.

“We are very excited to have the LMTS race for our Willow Springs fans this Saturday,” said Andy Daddario of The Speedway at Willow Springs. “We met Gary Wyatt and Mike Riefler at the Promoters Conference last year in Reno, and we were quick to say, ‘Absolutely. Bring it!’ We can’t wait!”

The LMTS will compete at everything from 1/4-mile short tracks to 1/2-mile ovals, as well as 1.7-mile and 2.1-mile road courses this season. After Saturday, the series moves on to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 10.

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 will 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 RacingThe Bomber NationKO Mechanical ServicesGary’s Trailer RepairNevada Pic-A-PartThe “Racer’s Rewards” Contingency ConnectionRichmond Gear and ReliableBanner.com.

Remaining 2018 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Date           Track                                                       City
Oct. 13       The Speedway at Willow Springs         Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 10      Havasu 95 Speedway                              Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Bullring veteran ties for second in all-time wins on Pack the Track Night

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Dustin Ash earned Bullring win No. 58 in a thrilling Late Model Truck Series feature at Pack the Track Night.

 

LAS VEGAS – There’s little doubt that Dustin Ash will remember Saturday’s win for quite some time.

The longtime Bullring racer got the better of Bob Santa Maria in an epic duel that included more than a dozen lead changes, winning the Late Model Truck Series’ 35-lap feature by a razor-thin margin of .037 of a second. Ash’s victory tied him with Phil Goodwin for second on The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s all-time wins list at 58.

“(Santa Maria) had way more horsepower than I did, and all I could do was try to get through the corners the best I could,” Ash said. “Bob (Santa Maria), man, he races hard – very, very, very hard. I gave it everything I could.

“Any time you visit Victory Lane is awesome, but just to be able to drive one of these trucks that we build in-house is pretty special.”

The race was “Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Night” for the regional series and part of Pack the Track Night presented by K&N Air Filters at The Bullring. Ash is excited about the Late Model Truck Series going forward.

“This is the first time I’ve gotten to drive one of these trucks,” Ash said. “What an awesome class, and I’m just grateful to run it. Kole Raz – the kid who runs this truck all the time – couldn’t make it so they asked me to do it, and I’m glad I did. I’d love to see this class grow.”

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Dustin Ash (No. 22) out-dueled Bob Santa Maria in an epic battle that included almost too many lead changes to count in the Late Model Truck Series’ 35-lap feature on Saturday night.

 

Ash used a pass on lap five to win one of the two six-lap heat races at the end of qualifying to warm up for the main event, with Eric Reschke taking the checkered in the other heat race.

Series organizer Michael Riefler was thrilled by what he saw at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

“Dustin and Bob put on one heck of a show,” said Riefler, a longtime Bullring competitor. “That was some of the best racing I’ve seen at The Bullring in a long time, and the crowd got a great look at what these trucks can do. This was a big shot in the arm for our series, and we can’t wait for our next event in California.”

Ash and Santa Maria received $200 Richmond Gear product bonuses in addition to their payouts, and the top five finishers took home The Racer’s Rewards Contingency Connection coupon books with up to $3,000 in race product coupons. Next, the series moves on to The Speedway at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 13, and then travels to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 10.

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.

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The Late Model Truck Series gave the The Bullring at LVMS crowd a show they won’t soon forget.

 

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 and ReliableBanner.com.

Pack the Track Night results
The Bullring at LVMS

Late Model Truck Series 35-lap feature
1. Dustin Ash; 2. Bob Santa Maria (-.037 of a second); 3. Gary Wyatt (-3.971); 4. Mike Riefler (-1 lap); 5. Mark Allison (-11 laps); 6. Eric Reschke (-16 laps); 7. Arlie Daniel (-32 laps).

Remaining 2018 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Date                Track                                                                          City
Oct. 13            The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 10           Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Specialty division set for 35-lap feature on Pack the Track Night

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The Late Model Truck Series returns to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Saturday for a 35-lap feature on Pack the Track Night.  (Madd C Images photo)

 

LAS VEGAS – Rubber will be flying and engines revving when the Late Model Truck Series takes to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The series – which has a long history in short track racing in the southwest – is set for a 35-lap feature at the 3/8-mile Las Vegas oval as part of Pack the Track Night presented by K&N Air Filters. The trucks’ feature is one of 10 races scheduled at The Bullring on “Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Night” for the regional series.

“Gary Wyatt and I look forward to this weekend’s Pack the Track Night at The Bullring,” said series organizer Michael Riefler, a longtime Bullring competitor. “We’re excited to be back in Vegas for another great night of racing as we show fans what these trucks can do. It’s going to be a blast!”

The race winner and runner-up will receive $200 Richmond Gear product bonuses in addition to the payouts, and the top five finishers will take home The Racer’s Rewards Contingency Connection coupon books with up to $3,000 in race product coupons. Gates open at 5 p.m. PT, and racing starts at 7.

LMTS drivers also can choose to participate in three practices on Friday night – at 7, 8 and 9:20 – and those sessions are free and open to the public. Saturday’s action also includes a pair of six-lap LMTS heat races prior to opening ceremonies.

The LMTS will compete at everything from 1/4-mile short tracks to 1/2-mile ovals, as well as 1.7-mile and 2.1-mile road courses this season. After Saturday, the series moves on to The Speedway at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 13, and then travels to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 10.

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 will 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 and ReliableBanner.com.


Remaining 2018 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Date               Track                                                                           City
Sept. 22          The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
Oct. 13           The Speedway at Willow Springs                             Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 10           Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Former Bullring champion picks up 11th career win at LVMS short track

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Thane Alderman earned his 11th career win at The Bullring on Back to School Night on Saturday, his first victory at the LVMS short track since 2005.  (Photo by Richie Abbott/Instant Images)

 

LAS VEGAS – Thane Alderman was back at a familiar place – the Winner’s Circle at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – on Saturday night.

Alderman, the track’s 2002 NASCAR Super Late Models champion, cruised to victory on Back to School Night in the return of the Late Model Truck Series after a five-year hiatus. The veteran took the lead early and never looked back in the 35-lap feature, which anchored a slate of 10 races at the 3/8-mile paved oval.

It may have looked easy, but Alderman said the No. 01 Chevy he drove to the checkered flag had been in rough shape in the days leading up to the Saturday night feature.

“I can’t believe that truck went 35 laps,” said Alderman, who now has 11 career wins at The Bullring. “It broke in practice and broke in the heat race, so to make it to the finish was an accomplishment. I just want to thank the Late Model Truck Series for trying to start this thing back up.

“They asked me Thursday night to drive this truck, and I said yes. I came out here, and hopefully we put on a little bit of a show for everybody.”

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Thane Alderman won by more than six seconds in the Late Model Truck Series’ return to the racing scene after a five-year hiatus.  (Photo by Madd C Images)

Alderman – whose last Bullring win came in 2005 – crossed the line 6.123 seconds ahead of Mark Allison in the series’ first race since disbanding five years ago. Alderman and Allison both earned $150 Melling product bonus coupons in addition to their payouts.

Series owners and operators Mike Riefler and Gary Wyatt finished third and fourth, respectively, with Arlie Daniel taking fifth. Riefler and Wyatt tossed t-shirts into the crowd during a festive evening of racing that signaled The Bullring’s schedule resumption after a seven-week summer break.

“What a great way to start off the Late Model Truck Series,” Riefler said. “It’s not every day that you have two well-known racers like Thane Alderman and Mark Allison competing together and having a 1-2 finish. We’d like to thank Tim Richter and his Bullring staff for having us, putting on a great show and making sure everything ran smooth for the night.”

In addition to the Aug. 25 race on Back to School Night, the LMTS will race at the 3/8-mile Bullring during on Pack the Track Night on Sept. 22. From there, the series moves on to The Speedway at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 13, and Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 10.

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.

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Late Model Truck Series organizer Gary Wyatt (No. 65) leads the pack around The Bullring at Back to School Night on Saturday.  (Photo by Madd C Images)

The series trucks will 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 and ReliableBanner.com.

Back to School Night results
The Bullring at LVMS

Late Model Truck Series 35-lap feature
1. Thane Alderman; 2. Mark Allison (-6.123 seconds); 3. Mike Riefler (-12.307); 4. Gary Wyatt (-13.508); 5. Arlie Daniel (-1 lap).

2018 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Date               Track                                                                            City
Sept. 22          The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
Oct. 13            The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 10           Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

LMTS MELLING AUG RACE FLYER
LAS VEGAS — Fans making their way to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday are in for a special treat.

The Late Model Truck Series – which has a long history in short track racing in the southwest – will anchor the night’s racing at Back to School Night presented by Whelen Engineering at the 3/8-mile Las Vegas oval. The trucks will put an exclamation point on a 10-race schedule at The Bullring as part of Melling Performance Racing Weekends Across America with a 35-lap feature event.

“It’s going to be a great weekend at The Bullring, and we can’t wait to bring the Late Model Truck Series back to short track racing fans,” said series organizer Michael Riefler, a longtime Bullring competitor. “It’s a special thrill for the trucks to be the anchor of the night’s schedule, and we are excited to give fans a great way to end a wonderful night of short track action. We encourage racing fans of all ages to come out to The Bullring for a great night.”

The race winner and runner-up will receive $150 Melling product bonus coupons in addition to the payouts. Gates open at 5 p.m. PT, and racing starts at 7.

LMTS drivers also will participate in three practices on Friday night – at 7, 7:55 and 9:30 – and those sessions are free and open to the public. The LMTS will compete at everything from 1/4-mile short tracks to 1/2-mile ovals, as well as 1.7-mile and 2.1-mile road courses.

In addition to the Aug. 25 race on Back to School Night, the LMTS will race at the 3/8-mile Bullring during on Pack the Track Night on Sept. 22. From there, the series moves on to The Speedway at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 13, and is tentatively scheduled for Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 10.

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 will 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 and ReliableBanner.com. Follow the LMTS on Twitter at @LMTSTRUCK and on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/LateModelTruckSeries.

2018 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Date                Track                                                                          City
Aug. 25           The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
Sept. 22          The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway          Las Vegas
Oct. 13            The Speedway at Willow Springs                            Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 10           Havasu 95 Speedway                                                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

LMTS 65 Truck 3

LAS VEGAS – The start of the Late Model Truck Series’ 2018 season has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25.

The trucks – which have a long history in short track racing in the southwest – were scheduled to be part of the racing action at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 2, but were unable to open their season due to last-minute cancellations. Series organizers Mike Riefler and Gary Wyatt are planning to schedule a make-up date for the cancellation, and that will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re disappointed that we were unable to open our season June 2 at The Bullring, but are optimistic about our future dates,” said Riefler, a longtime Bullring competitor. “This was our decision and was not the track’s call. We encourage everyone to spread the word about the Late Model Truck Series and would like to thank all of our supporters and sponsors. We look forward to a great season.”

The LMTS will compete at local tracks, from 1/4-mile short tracks to 1/2-mile ovals, as well as 1.7-mile and 2.1-mile road courses.

In addition to the Aug. 25 race on Back to School Night, the LMTS will race at the 3/8-mile Bullring during on Pack the Track Night on Sept. 22. From there, the series moves on to The Speedway at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 13, and is tentatively scheduled for Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Nov. 10.

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 will 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 – The Bomber Nation, KO Mechanical Services, Gary’s Trailer Repair, Nevada Pic-A-Part, The “Racer’s Rewards” Contingency Connection and ReliableBanner.com.

2018 Late Model Truck Series schedule

Date               Track                                                                              City
Aug. 25           The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway            Las Vegas
Sept. 22          The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway            Las Vegas
Oct. 13            The Speedway at Willow Springs                              Rosamond, Calif.
Nov. 10*         Havasu 95 Speedway                                                   Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

*Tentative date.