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June 30, 2017 at 01:26:26 PM
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569

For Immediate Release


(Torrance, CA, June 29, 2017) Chris “Crash” Dickey, who will soon be moving back to his native Indiana, became only the third California Lightning Sprint Car repeat main event winner of 2017 when he bested the field at the Santa Maria Raceway last Saturday night.  Dickey came all the way from the 14th starting spot for the win and It was the third lifetime in the CLS.

The slender driver, who resides in Murrieta, had his day get off to an auspicious start when he had a flat tire on the trailer on his way to the races.  Things were not much more impressive when he got to the track as he only qualified 10th in the 21-car field and was fifth out of seven cars in his eight-lap heat race.  That placed him in the unenviable 14th starting slot for the 25-lap main.

Young rookie Dominic Del Monte of Gardena started on the pole for the main event with series point leader Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley on the outside.  Four-time series champ Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita and impressive sophomore Eric Lange of Lakewood, made up the second row with Palmdale’s Eric Greco and Madera’s Charlie Caraccilo, who won at Bakersfield the previous week, in the third row.

Kramer got the jump on Del Monte on the start and they were followed by Lange and Caraccilo.  High school student Lange took second just before the end of the opening go around and quickly set his sights on the leader.  By the end of the second circuit, Caraccilo was third and Michnowicz was fourth.   Soon after, Ventura rookie Robb Pelmear brought out the first yellow when he stopped in turn two.  At that time, Dickey had passed three cars and was up to 11th. 

Coming off his win the previous week at Bakersfield, veteran Caraccilo moved into the second spot when went under Lange at the end of the fifth lap.  Caraccilo immediately turned up the heat on leader Kramer and at the same time was having to hold off the determined Lange and Michnowicz. 

The top four had moved away from the rest of the pack and were just about into lapped traffic at the end of lap eight before Anaheim’s Dale Gamer brought out the second yellow flag when he stopped in turn four.  By that time, Dickey, in the 03 Motorsports/Baselite/Wire-Tex/Henchcraft/2004 Yamaha 1000, was up to sixth.  He had been running the top and had it all to himself as he made his way towards the front.

On the restart with 17-laps to go, Michnowicz, who has been racing well over 40-years, took everyone to school.  Going around the outside, he went front from fourth to the lead in less than a lap.  Less than a lap later, Caraccilo took Kramer for second and Dickey also got by the 2010 champ for third.  By the 12th lap, Michnowicz had opened up a commanding lead over Caracillo who had his hands full trying to fend off the persistent challenges of Dickey. 

Michnowicz, who was hunting down his series-leading fourth main event win of the year, saw his lead disappear when Greco and Ken Coulston of Bermuda Dunes produced the third yellow of the race on lap 15.  It also proved to be the last hurrah for Michnowicz.  Coming down for the restart with 11-laps to go, his car pitched sideways in front of the pack and Caraccilo, who had nowhere to go or time to get away, plowed into the side of the spinning leader.  A broken bird cage was the culprit and it ended the night for both Michnowicz and Caraccilo.

That handed the lead to Dickey when the race was restarted with still 11-laps to go.  Kramer was second, with Lange third, Dyer fourth and pole-sitter Del Monte fifth.  While Dickey got a great restart, the same could not be said for Kramer.  Lange roared around him for second with Dyer trying the pry the third spot away from him on the low line.  Dyer, who took his first solo ride as a CHP officer a few days after the race, took the third spot from Kramer on lap sixteen.  By that time, Dickey had pulled away for a comfortable lead and Lange was locked comfortably into second. 

Despite heavy lapped traffic, Dickey raced the remainder of the way unchallenged and had a half straight lead at the checkered.  Lange, Dyer, Kramer and Del Monte rounded out the top five.

“This is the first time I have ever driven a racecar at Santa Maria Speedway,” said Dickey, who was also the race “Hard Charger.”  “It was pretty neat.  We started 14th and it was to our advantage as we got by a lot of them while they were messing around on the bottom.  Hope we put on a good show riding the rim.”

Earlier in the night Ventura’s Bruce Douglass out qualified the 21-car field with a lap of 14.154.  Caraccilo was second at 14.174 and Greco was third at 14.268.  In heat race action, Del Monte picked up his first ever CLS heat win.  Caraccilo and Dyer claimed the other two. 

Heading into the series next race at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway on July 8th, Kramer has a 60-point lead over Lange in the championship standings.  Camarillo’s Cody Nigh is third in the standings, 90-points out of the top spot.  Michnowicz and Greco round out the top five.

The California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2017 season possible: Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, DK Fabrication, Extreme Muffler, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Race Products, Sander Engineering, Speedmart, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless, Woodland Auto Display.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the 2017 season, please call Bobby Michnowicz at: (310) 320-5569.

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at:


Santa Maria Main Events (with starting positions)

1. Chris Dickey – Murrieta – 14th

2. Aiden Lange – Lakewood – 4th

3. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes – 8th

4. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley – 2nd

5. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena – 1st

6. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 7th

7. Pat Kelley – Chino – 9th

8. Bruce Douglass – Ventura – 13th

9. Wyatt Downing – Lakewood – 11th

10. Eric Greco – Palmdale – 5th

11. Jon Robertson – Torrance – 16th

12. James Squire III – Lakeside – 17th

13. Frank Ditmar – Lakewood – 20th

14. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita – 3rd

15. Charlie Caraccilo – Madera – 6th

16. Jon Squire – El Cajon – 12th

17. Ken Coulston – Bermuda Dunes – 15th

18. James Turnbull – Indio – 19th

19. Dale Gamer – Anaheim – 9th

20. Robb Pelmear – Ventura - 10th


California Lightning Sprints Championship Point Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley – 1185

2. Aiden Lange - Lakewood – 1125

3. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 1095

4. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita – 986

5. Eric Greco – Palmdale - 942

6. Chris Dickey – Murrieta – 865

7. Wyatt Downing Lakewood - 830

8. Brent Sexton – Lakeside - 812

9. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena – 719

10. an Hillberg - Placentia – 687

2017 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

March 11: Imperial Valley Raceway – California Midwinter Fair – Jarrett Kramer

March 12: Imperial Valley Raceway – California Midwinter Fair – Bobby Michnowicz

March 25: Bakersfield Speedway – Civil War with BCRA – Jarrett Kramer

April 8: Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Rained Out

April 22: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz

May 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Civil War w/BCRA – Chris Dickey

May 6: Placerville Speedway – Civil War w/BCRA – Zach Keefe

May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Salute to Indy - USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz

June 3: Ventura Raceway – USAC National – A.J. Bender

June 17: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National – Charlie Caraccilo

June 24: Santa Maria Raceway – USAC National - Chris Dickey

July 8: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

August 2: Ventura Raceway – Fair Race - USAC National

August 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Hall of Fame Race– USAC National

September 2: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

September 23: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

October 7: Ventura Raceway – Civil War w/BCRA

October 28: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

**=Proposed Date.
This schedule is subject to change. 


1994 Tony Everhart

1995 Gary Sexton

1996 Rob Sczymczak

1997 Jon Rahe

1998 Chris Rahe

1999 Brent Sexton

2000 Greg Bragg

2001 Greg Bragg

2002 Greg Bragg

2003 David Cardey

2004 Keith Janca

2005 Johnny Bates

2006 Donny Gansen

2007 Shane Rossen

2008 Brent Sexton

2009 Stuart Hielschier Sr.

2010 Jarrett Kramer

2011 Tim Brown

2012 Bobby Michnowicz

2013 Stephen Limon

2014 Bobby Michnowicz

2015 Bobby Michnowicz

2016 Bobby Michnowicz

This press release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768

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