With Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s postponement of this weekend’s racing at The Bullring, the Late Model Truck Series will not run on Saturday night. The date will be rescheduled for the future, and that date will be announced once it is chosen by LMTS organizers. Stay tuned to this Facebook page for further details when they are available.

Seven dates highlight third season for regional series

LAS VEGAS – The Late Model Truck Series will be back for another season of exciting racing in 2020, with seven dates scheduled for its third year of action.

The regional truck racing series kicks off its season at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 14 before continuing on to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on April 11 and Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., on May 16. The series returns to The Bullring for the Chris Trickle Classic on June 20, then heads to Rosamond, Calif., at The Speedway at Willow Springs on Sept. 19.

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Las Vegas driver Mark Allison will begin his attempt for a three-peat at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 14.

 

The LMTS has a tentative date scheduled for Havasu 95 speedway on Oct. 17 and will crown its season champion at The Bullring at LVMS at Championship Night on Nov. 21 as part of the West Coast Short Track Championships. Las Vegas’ Mark Allison is the two-time and reigning series points champion and will be back to go for the trifecta in 2020.

“We’ve had two awesome seasons the last two years, and Gary Wyatt and I are excited to announce our 2020 Late Model Truck Series schedule,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Our series is riding some great momentum, and we have another exciting group of races coming our way this year. We can’t wait to kick things off at The Bullring on March 14 and look forward to seeing if Mark Allison can go for a three-peat.”

LMTS had eight different winners in its first 11 events in 2018 and 2019, with Allison leading the way with three victories. Ricky Bogart of Phoenix has won the last two LMTS races and will be looking to extend his streak this season.

 

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The Late Model Truck Series has gained momentum in the Southwest the last two years and will have a seven-event schedule in 2020.

 

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, Richmond Gear, Campout and ReliableBanner.com.

2020 Late Model Truck Series schedule

March 14              The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway     Las Vegas
April 11                Havasu 95 Speedway                                             Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
May 16                  Orange Show Speedway                                      San Bernardino, Calif.
June 20                 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway      Las Vegas
Sept. 19                The Speedway at Willow Springs                        Rosamond, Calif.
Oct. 17*                Havasu 95 Speedway                                             Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Championship Night
Nov. 21                 The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway      Las Vegas

*Tentative date. The 2020 LMTS schedule is subject to change.

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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

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Late Model Truck Series points leader Mark Allison is looking to wrap up his second straight season championship at The Bullring at LVMS this Saturday night.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

LAS VEGAS – Mark Allison has his eyes on the prize, and it’s now within reach.

The reigning Late Model Truck Series champion will bring his 2019 points lead into the season-ending event – the West Coast Short Track Championships – this Saturday night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as he looks to secure his second consecutive series title. The Las Vegas driver holds a 365-326 lead over John Nahoopii heading into Saturday’s 35-lap feature, where he’s looking for his third victory of the season.

The LMTS feature will be part of a full night of racing that includes a 150-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series $10,000-to-win race, a 75-lap SPEARS Modified Series and a Jr. Late Models race that will have two 35-lap segments. Gates open at 2 p.m. PT, and racing begins at 4.

“It’s been a great 2019 season so far, and Gary Wyatt and I can’t wait to finish our seven-event racing season at The Bullring in Las Vegas,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Mark Allison has been a great champion for our series this year, and it will be exciting to see if he can go two-for-two this weekend. We expect a great turnout, and we look forward to putting on a show for the fans.”

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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

Championship Night
Nov. 23                      The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway           Las Vegas

2019 Late Model Truck Series points standings
(Through Nov. 2 races)

  1. Mark Allison 365 points; 2. John Nahoopii 326; 3. Mike McKearn 296; 4. Gary Wyatt 246; 5. Bill Black 243; 6. Mike Riefler 221; 7. Gary Cheek 140; 8. Sean Davis 138; 9. Richard Bogart 116; 10. Andrew Porter 112; 11. Pat Petrie 85; 12. Lee Keach 65; 13. Cody Cambensy 64; 14. Matt Daly 59; 15. Stan Mullis 58; 16. Matt Jaskol 58; 17. Aaron McMorran 56; 18. Michael Egurloa 56; 19. Curtis Burns 50; 20. Cindy Clark 48; 21. Bob Santa Maria 48; 22. Kenny Smith 48; 23. Dow Woerner 46; 24. Patrick O’Hanley 46; 25. David Amaduzzi 40; 26. Lisa Bogart 40; 27. Mike Young 34.

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Ricky Bogart of Phoenix picked up his first career Late Model Truck Series victory at Havasu 95 Speedway on Saturday night.  (Madd Creative Images photos)

 

Phoenix driver becomes eighth different LMTS winner in two years

Phoenix driver Ricky Bogart made the drive to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and drove all the way to victory lane in the Late Model Truck Series feature at Havasu 95 Speedway on Saturday night.

The 44-year-old veteran wheelman out-dueled reigning LMTS champion and current points leader Mark Allison en route to the checkered flag in the 35-lap feature, which was part of Campout/Melling weekend for the series. Bogart started on the outside of the front row and never looked back after getting to the lead.

He was thrilled to make his way to victory lane.

“The place was fun and I had a good time,” said Bogart, a third-generation racer. “That was the first time I’d ever seen the track and had never turned a lap on it until Friday. It reminded me of my old home track, Cajon Speedway in El Cajon.

“The truck was perfect, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I just had to focus on what was in front of me.”

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Ricky Bogart wheeled his No. 4 truck to victory at Havasu 95 Speedway on Nov. 2, with LMTS points leader Mark Allison (No. 3) taking second place.

 

Allison finished 5.609 seconds back, with 2019 race winner Bill Black crossing the line third, Mike McKearn finishing fourth and Sean Davis taking fifth. Bogart’s sister, Lisa, also competed in the race, but had to settle for 11th place after going out on Lap 13.

Allison maintained his points lead and will be eyeing his second straight season title when the LMTS finishes its 2019 campaign at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Nov. 23. Bogart became the fifth different LMTS race winner this season, a year that has been a successful one for the regional series.

“It’s been a great season for the Late Model Truck Series, and we had another great race at Havasu 95 Speedway on Saturday night,” series co-manager Mike Riefler said. “Gary Wyatt and I have been excited by the parity this year, and you never know who is going to end up in the winner’s circle. We can’t wait to put an exclamation point on 2019 in Las Vegas later this month.”

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Havasu 95 Speedway provided a great backdrop for racing on Saturday night.

 

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.

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The Nov. 2 race at Havasu 95 Speedway was the sixth of seven races on the 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule.

 

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
Havasu 95 Speedway, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Nov. 2 results

  1. Ricky Bogart; 2. Mark Allison; 3. Bill Black; 4. Mike McKearn; 5. Sean Davis; 6. Curtis Burns; 7. Gary Cheek; 8. Gary Wyatt; 9. John Nahoopi; 10. Michael Riefler; 11. Lisa Bogart.

Remaining 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule

 

Championship Night
Nov. 23                      The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway           Las Vegas

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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.