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August 01, 2019 at 05:57:15 PM
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569

For Immediate Release


(Torrance, CA, July 31, 2019) California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Dyer scored his first POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series main event win of 2019 last Saturday night at the Santa Maria Speedway.   In posting the victory, Dyer became the fourth different winner in 10 CLS races this year.

Eighteen cars turned up to entertain the large crowd in the newly remodeled grandstands and when qualifying was done, Lakewood’s Aiden Lange was the quickest when he recorded a lap of 13.936.  Kingsburg veteran Doug Nunes, who came into the night second in the championship standings, turned in the second-best time at 14.010.  San Diego veteran and USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series regular A.J. Bender timed in third at 14.061.

Palmdale’s Eric Greco and Cody Nigh of Camarillo captured the heat races preceding the 25-lap main event. 

The main featured Santa Clarita’s Gage Cheek on the pole with Dyer, who was seventh fast qualifier and who placed fourth in his heat, on the outside of the first row. Lakeside 15-year-old Grant Sexton, fresh off an impressive seventh-place finish in the prestigious Clay Cup in Washington the week before, manned the inside of row two.  Two-time CLS champ and current point leader Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley started next to Sexton.  Bender and fast qualifier Lange were in the third row of two with heat race winners Greco and Nigh in row four. 

Veteran Dyer, 36, raced into the lead at the drop of the green flag.  Cheek, in his second year with the CLS, manned the second-place spot and was followed by Sexton and Kramer as the first lap came to an end. 

Dyer, who lives in Bermuda Dunes, quickly moved away from the field and was nearly half a straight ahead by the end of the third circuit.  However, he was not the fastest car on the track.  Five-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita started 12th on a track that was proving to be anything, but easy to pass on.  That is, anything but easy to pass on for everybody but him.  By the end of lap three, the wily veteran was already up to sixth.

Michnowicz had been having valve cover gasket problems all night long and was crossing his fingers that he would make it through the main event.  When the first of only two yellow flags in the main flew on lap four, Michnowicz’ car began belching smoke, but he stayed on the track.  The smoke ceased and he was surprisingly ready for the restart.

When the green light signaled a return to racing with 21-laps to go, it was Dyer leading Cheek, Sexton, Kramer, Bender and Michnowicz.  Any fans who were not paying attention to Michnowicz up to that point, quickly switched their focus on the restart when he blew past Bender and Kramer.  One lap later he dove to the inside of Sexton in turn three for third. 

Dyer continued to lead and Cheek, who was turning in his best run to date in the CLS, was looking good in second.  Soon though, he would have to deal with Michnowicz as the #21 was flying towards the front.  He hunted Cheek down and passed him in the exact same spot as he flew by Sexton.  From that point on it was only a matter of time until he hunted down leader Dyer or his engine gave up the ghost.

Michnowicz kept his momentum up and coming off turn two on the 11th lap, he swung wide and raced around Dyer for the lead.  Once out front, he quickly pulled away and built a huge advantage. 

Michnowicz was well on his way to his third win of the year, but as he crossed over the line to end the 18th lap, smoked poured from his engine from a huge hole in the block.  He pulled to the inside and subsequently off the track allowing the racing to continue. 

Michnowicz misfortune put Dyer, in the Dyer Motorsports/T Shirts By Timeless/JSR/Amsoil/WFO Industries/Hyper Chassis/GSXR blue #4, back into the lead.  The CHP officer was way out front, but that margin disappeared when Nunes came to a stop in turn three on the last lap.  At the same time as the yellow came out for Nunes, Cheek, who was about to have his best ever CLS finish, pulled off the track with a fried clutch.

The race restarted with one lap to go.  When the green and white waved simultaneously, Dyer was at the point and was followed by Sexton, Kramer, Bender and Lange.  Dyer got a good restart and that sealed the deal.  Kramer had a nice run going into turn one and pulled alongside Sexton, but Sexton got a tremendous drive off turn two and fought off the challenge to record his best-ever finish in a Lightning Sprint Car.  Kramer stayed in third with Bender and Lange rounding out the top five.

For Dyer, it was his seventh lifetime CLS win and his first since 2016.

Gardena teenager Dominic Del Monte picked up eight spots and was the main event “Hard Charger” finishing sixth after starting 14th. 

Kramer’s third-place finish allowed him to tack more markers onto his point lead.  Heading into the next race at Barona on August 10th, he leads Nunes by 82.  Michnowicz is third in the standings, but he is starting to feel the heat from his nephew Nigh and impressive teen Greco.  Nigh is only 34-points behind the five-time champ and Greco is 58 back in fifth.

San Diego’s Jason Arnolde now has a 185-point advantage over fellow San Diegan Shane Sexton in the “Rookie of the Year” chase.

POWRi Lucas Oil Santa Maria Main Event Finishing Order (with starting positions)

1. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes – 2nd

2. Grant Sexton – Lakeside – 3rd

3. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley – 4th

4. A.J. Bender – San Diego – 5th

5. Aiden Lange – Lakeside – 6th

6. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena – 14th

7. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 8th

8. Brent Sexton – Lakeside – 9th

9. Jason Arnolde – San Diego – 10th

10. Gage Cheek – Santa Clarita – 1st

11. James Turnbull – Indio – 15th

12. Doug Nunes – Kingsburg – 11th

13. Jon Robertson – Torrance – 13th

14. Pat Kelley – Chino – 16th

15. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita – 12th

16. Eric Greco – Palmdale – 7th


POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley – 1236

2. Doug Nunes – Kingsburg – 1154

3. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita – 1080

4. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 1046

5. Eric Greco – Palmdale – 1022

6. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes – 986

7. A.J. Bender – San Diego – 961

8. Aiden Lange – Lakewood – 959

9. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena – 932

10. Gage Cheek – Santa Clarita - 742

The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2019 season possible: Lucas Oil, All Coast Construction, Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless and Woodland Auto Display.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 26th season in 2019, please call Bobby Michnowicz at (310) 320-5569.

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


2019 POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Cars Series Point Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA - 1113

2. Doug Nunes - Kingsburg, CA - 1071

3. Bobby Michnowicz - Lomita, CA - 1011

4. Eric Greco - Palmdale, CA - 951

5. Cody Nigh – Camarillo, CA - 936

6. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA - 855

6. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA - 839

8. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 837

9. Dominic Del Monte - Gardena, CA - 828

10. Gage Cheek – Santa Clarita, CA – 654


2019 POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series


March 16                   Bakersfield Speedway – Doug Nunes


March 23                   Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer


April 6                         Barona Speedway – Doug Nunes


April 20                       Bakersfield Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz


May 4                         Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer


May 18                       Barona Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz


June 1                        Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer


June 15                      Bakersfield Speedway – Doug Nunes


July 6                          Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer


July 27                       Santa Maria Raceway – Jeff Dyer


August 10                  Barona Speedway


August 24                  Ventura Raceway


September 7             Ventura Raceway


September 21           Bakersfield Speedway


October 5                  Ventura Raceway


October 26                Ventura Raceway


November 17            Bakersfield Speedway




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

2017 Bobby Michnowicz

2018 Jarrett Kramer

Photo courtesy of Pit Princess.

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

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