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, Sept. 22, 2018.
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.