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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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