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October 24, 2017 at 01:33:21 PM
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569

For Immediate Release


(Torrance, CA, October 241, 2017) The USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series will be making its sixth and final appearance at its home track, the Ventura Raceway, this Saturday night, October 28th.  Joining the CLS at Jim Naylor’s ocean side oval on the Ventura County Fairgrounds will be the USAC Western Midgets, Dwarf Cars, Senior Sprint Cars and Focus Midgets.  Spectator gates will open at 3:00 P.M. with racing at 5:30. 

For the first time all season long, someone other than Jarrett Kramer will be leading the point standings heading into Saturday’s race.  The Spring Valley based 35-year-old seized the lead at the season opener in El Centro in March and led every inch of the way until the last race at Ventura three weeks ago.  Kramer’s engine misfortunes at that race combined with four-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz’s fifth straight win, saw the latter take over the top spot in the championship chase. 

Going into Saturday’s race, Michnowicz, who calls Lomita home, leads Kramer by 45-points.  The only other driver with a realistic chance at the 2017 title is Lakewood teenager Aiden Lange.  The impressive second year CLS driver is 66-points behind leader Michnowicz and is only 21 behind Kramer.  2017 CLS Rookie of the Year Cody Nigh of Camarillo and Palmdale teen Eric Greco comprise the remainder of the top five. 

In the first five races of the season at Ventura, Michnowicz has taken three of the wins.  Alec Bender of Ramona and Charlie Caraccilo of Madera split the other two.

After Saturday, the CLS will only have one race remaining in the 2017 campaign.  It will be the Western States Lightning Championship USAC National at the Bakersfield Speedway on November 18th. 

The Ventura Raceway is conveniently located just off the freeway on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA  93001.  The track phone number is (805) 648-RACE and the website is:

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:


California Lightning Sprints Championship Point Standings

1. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita – 1816

2. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley – 1771

3. Aiden Lange - Lakewood – 1750

4. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 1629

5. Eric Greco - Palmdale - 1332

6. Dominic Del Monte - Gardena – 1284

7. Brent Sexton - Lakewood - 1253

8. Chris Dickey - Murrieta - 1247

9. Dan Hillberg - Placentia – 1120

10. Pat Kelley – Chino – 1105


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 – Charlie Caraccilo

August 2: Ventura Raceway – Fair Race - USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz

August 26: Perris Auto Speedway– USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz

September 2: Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz

September 23: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz

October 7: Ventura Raceway – Civil War w/BCRA – Bobby Michnowicz

October 28: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

November 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Western States Lightning Championship USAC National

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


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1999 Brent Sexton

2000 Greg Bragg

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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

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

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