Bullring veteran adds name to list of truck series winners
Veteran driver Stan Mullis could be considered a throwback to the early days of racing, and he fittingly chose Throwback Night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to earn his first career Late Model Truck Series victory on Saturday.
The 51-year-old from Las Vegas won his heat race, then went from ninth to first in a caution-free 35-lap feature. Series co-manager Gary Wyatt – who won the Night of Fire race on July 3 – finished second, 7.543 seconds back, while two-time series points champion Mark Allison took third.
It was Mullis’ first Bullring win since 2017, and he became the series’ fourth different driver to make his way to Victory Lane this season. Billy Grasser took fourth place, with Andy Sole rounding out the top five. The LMTS will return to action Oct. 9 at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif.
“Throwback Night was a lot of fun, and it was great to see Stan get the checkered flag,” said Mike Riefler, the series’ co-manager who finished eighth. “We had another great race at The Bullring, and we have had four different winners in 2021, so the competition has been awesome. Gary Wyatt and I are excited to take the trucks to Orange Show Speedway in California next month and continue what has been a great season for the series.”
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.
Sept. 4 race results (35 laps)
The Bullring at LVMS
- Stan Mullis; 2. Gary Wyatt (-7.543 seconds); 3. Mark Allison (-8.264); 4. Billy Grasser (-9.071); 5. Andy Sole (-12.945); 6. Lonnie Hochstetler (-16.372); 7. Curtis Burns (-13 laps); 8. Michael Riefler (-13 laps); 9. Brandon Schilling (-16 laps); 10. Arlie Daniel (DNS).
2021 Late Model Truck Series schedule
Oct. 9–Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, Calif.
Nov. 6–West Coast Short Track Championships, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas