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.

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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.

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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.

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LAS VEGAS – In less than a month, the long-awaited return of the Late Model Truck Series will become a reality.

The trucks – which have a long history in short track racing in the southwest – will be part of the racing action at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 2, during the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race night. Series organizers Mike Riefler and Gary Wyatt are planning a five-event schedule for the LMTS in 2018, including a trio of appearances at The Bullring.

“We’re excited to bring a truck racing tour like the Late Model Truck Series back to the Southwest,” said Riefler, a longtime Bullring competitor. “We’ve seen a growing interest in our region for this kind of racing, and we believe the series will provide drivers and fans with yet another way to love and enjoy local racing. Kicking the season off at The Bullring will be a thrill, and we can’t wait to expand the series throughout the region.”

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 June 2 race, the LMTS will race at the 3/8-mile Bullring during Back to School Night on Aug. 24 and 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
June 2             The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway                   Las Vegas
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.

LMTS is a Premier West Coast Truck Touring Series

These Trucks from the southwest region have a long history in short track racing. The Speed Truck series originated back in 1997, under the American Speed Association (ASA.) At one time, MechanixWear gloves sponsored the class.

As a touring series, the Trucks raced up to 10 different tracks in one season, traveling through California, Arizona, and Nevada.

The Trucks go to local tracks. ranging from small 1/4-mile tracks to big 1/2-mile ovals, along with 1.7 and 2.1-mile road courses. Although the ASA Truck series disbanded in 2013, the remaining Trucks are regrouping and preparing to race as the Late Model Truck Series.

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