There are truck stops in Mojave.
Hunter Dodge’s Ram of the West Lancaster dealership sells more trucks than anyone else in Los Angeles County.
Ron Hornaday, Jr., who has all the roads at the Antelope Valley Auto Mall in Palmdale named after him, is the only four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.
So why wouldn’t the Late Model Truck Series (LMTSTRUCK.Com) want to bring its flatbed brand of action to the Valley?
A conversation between the irrepressible Andy Daddario, the Race Director and Promoter of the Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse of Colton and San Dimas/Platinum Jewelry and Loan Racing Series, and LMTS founders Mike Riefler and Gary Wyatt last winter in Reno become reality Saturday night.
The Elgin Pro-Stock Performance Prestige Weekend comes to Willow Springs for the first time ever.
A 35-lap feature race on the quarter-mile bullring at Speedway Willow Springs drops the green flag at 6:30 p.m.
“When we met Gary and Mike at The Promoters Conference in Reno, we only had one reaction,” Daddario said. “Bring it!”
Speedway Willow Springs joins a Late Model Truck Series schedule that includes 10 races across Arizona, California and Nevada.
The series has already run twice at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, to rave reviews each time.
The trucks feature full-tune chassis with 330-horsepower V-8 Spec engines.
On the 2.1-mile road course tracks the series has run on, they’ve been clocked at 150 MPH.
The trucks carry Chevy S-10, Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma fiberglas bodies.
“There’s so much racing history on the 650 acres at Willow Springs International Raceway,” Riefler said. “Look at some of the names who hold track records there: Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Tommy Kendall and Derrike Cope.
“The Late Model Truck Series is gaining momentum, and now we’re bringing the excitement of our racing to a whole new audience on a very historic track.”