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 May 25 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
May 25 - 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.
Nov. 23 - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas (Championship Night)
-Late Model Truck Series Press Release
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