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Seven-event schedule to begin at Havasu 95 Speedway

The Late Model Truck Series will begin its 2019 season where the 2018 campaign concluded – Havasu 95 Speedway – on Saturday night.

The regional truck series will kick off its second season at the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., quarter-mile track with a 35-lap feature that is part of a five-division night of racing. Andrew Porter won the LMTS’ season-ending race there on Nov. 10, and Mark Allison of Las Vegas is the defending series champion, edging series organizers Gary Wyatt and Mike Riefler for the 2018 title after four competitive races.

Approximately a dozen trucks are expected to run in the season-opening race, which is presented by Bearing King.

“We can’t wait to go racing again at Havasu 95 Speedway, and Gary Wyatt and I think it’s a great place to kick off our 2019 season,” Riefler said. “The 2018 season was a successful one, and we’re looking to keep the momentum going in a big way this year. We expect a great field of trucks and some exciting racing at one of the region’s top tracks!”

Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. PT, with racing beginning at 6. Saturday’s event will be the first of two LMTS stops at Havasu 95 Speedway in 2019, with the second coming on Nov. 2.

Havasu 95 Speedway opened in 1989 and ran for seven years before being closed. Paved and re-opened in March of 1996, the track again closed before 2000. It re-opened in September 2006 under the direction of Bill Rozhon and his family and has been running strong ever since.

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The Late Model Truck Series ended its 2018 season at Havasu 95 Speedway on Nov. 18 and will begin its 2019 campaign there.  (Madd C 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 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 2019 schedule

March 23           Havasu 95 Speedway                                              Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
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

Seven-event schedule to conclude on Nov. 23 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Following a successful return to action in 2018, the Late Model Truck Series is set for a seven-event schedule in 2019.

The regional truck series will kick off its second season at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Saturday, March 23, and conclude its 2019 campaign on Championship Night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Nov. 23. The series will visit The Bullring three times this year, with race nights on April 20 and Aug. 31, while making a second trip to Havasu 95 Speedway on Nov. 2.

The LMTS will make a new stop at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif., on June 29 and return to The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., for the second consecutive year with its Oct. 12 date. Mark Allison of Las Vegas is the LMTS’ defending champion, edging series organizers Gary Wyatt and Mike Riefler for the 2018 title after four competitive races.

“Gary Wyatt and I are excited to announce the 2019 Late Model Truck Series schedule, with nearly double the number of dates as we had a year ago,” Riefler said. “We had a great response to the revival of the series last year, and we can’t wait to see the excitement continue to grow in 2019. The LMTS drivers provided some great action in our first season back, and we expect top-notch racing all year long.”

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 and ReliableBanner.com.

Late Model Truck Series 2019 schedule

March 23            Havasu 95 Speedway                                              Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
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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Mark Allison (center) clinched the 2018 Late Model Truck Series season championship with a third-place finish at Havasu 95 Speedway on Saturday night.  (Madd Creative Images photo)


Porter wins season finale at Havasu 95 Speedway

Mark Allison can now call himself a series champion.

The veteran driver from Las Vegas finished third in the 35-lap Late Model Truck Series season finale at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Saturday night to clinch the first-year series’ season title. Allison – who won the Oct. 13 LMTS race at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif. – finished the year with 242 points to edge series co-managers Gary Wyatt (218) and Mike Riefler (211) for the season crown.

Andrew Porter took the checkered flag at the 10-truck season finale, with Dennis Arena crossing the line second. John Nahoopii followed Allison in fourth, with Eric Reschke rounding out the top five.

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Andrew Porter won the season-ending Late Model Truck Series race at Havasu 95 Speedway on Saturday night and finished seventh in the season points standings.  (Madd Creative Images photo)

 

The race was the feature of the Salute to Veterans Weekend for the regional series. Allison received product certificate toward Richmond Gear discounts 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.

“Congratulations to Mark Allison for his season championship, and Gary Wyatt and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him represent the Late Model Truck Series,” Riefler said. “We had a great season, with four different race winners and great competition, and we’d like to thank all of our sponsors and partners who made it possible. We are looking forward to an even bigger and better 2019.”

Thane Alderman won the series’ season-opener at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Aug. 25, with Dustin Ash taking the checkered there on Sept. 22. Reschke finished fourth in points with 166, with Mike McKearn claiming fifth place with 109.

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The Late Model Truck Series completed a successful return to action in 2018, closing the season with 10 entries at Havasu 95 Speedway on Nov. 10.  (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 GearCampout and ReliableBanner.com.

Final 2018 Late Model Truck Series points standings

1. Mark Allison 242 points; 2. Gary Wyatt 218; 3. Mike Riefler 211; 4. Eric Reschke 166; 5. Mike McKearn 109; 6. Arlie Daniels 100; 7. Andrew Porter 75; 8. Dustin Ash 72; 9. Thane Alderman 67; 10. Bob Santa Maria 63; 11. Dennis Arena 62; 12. John Nahoopii 57; 13. Kenny Smith 50; 14. Jennifer Hall 44; 15. (tie) Adam Jeffrey and Pat Petrie 1.

Late Model Truck Series results
Havasu 95 Speedway, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Saturday, Nov. 10

35-lap feature
1. Andrew Porter; 2. Dennis Arena; 3. Mark Allison; 4. John Nahoopii; 5. Eric Reschke; 6. Kenny Smith; 7. Mike McKearn; 8. Gary Wyatt; 9. Jennifer Hall; 10. Mike Riefler.

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Veteran driver Allison looking to clinch season points championship

LAS VEGAS – Mark Allison will be looking to put the finishing touches on a championship on Saturday night.

The veteran driver from Las Vegas heads to Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., atop the Late Model Truck Series standings with 180 points, followed by series co-managers Gary Wyatt (172) and Michael Riefler (169). The season-ending event is part of the Late Model Truck Series’ Salute To Veterans Weekend and will include two six-lap heat races and a 35-lap feature.

The race winner will receive a product certificate toward Richmond Gear discounts along with 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. Racing starts at 6 p.m. PT and also will feature Vintage Sprints & Midgets, Legends, Bandoleros and Outlaw Karts.

“It has been a great season for the Late Model Truck Series, and Gary Wyatt and I are excited to see our champion crowned this weekend,” Riefler said. “We have had some talented race winners, with Thane Alderman, Dustin Ash and Mark Allison going to Victory Lane, and we can’t wait to see who will be next at such a prestigious race track as Havasu 95 Speedway.”

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The Late Model Truck Series will make its debut at Havasu 95 Speedway with a 35-lap feature race on Saturday night.

 

Alderman was victorious at the season-opening event at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Aug. 25, with Ash winning in Las Vegas on Sept. 22 and Allison taking the checkered flag at The Speedway at Willow Springs in Rosamond, Calif., on Oct. 13.

Havasu 95 Speedway opened in 1989 and ran for seven years before being closed. Paved and re-opened in March of 1996, the track again closed before 2000. It re-opened in September 2006 under the direction of Bill Rozhon and his family and has been running strong ever since.

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 and ReliableBanner.com.

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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.