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Topic: California Lightning Sprints Open Season in Bakersfield
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March 11, 2020 at 11:16:17 AM
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alex Grigoreas (909) 437-3170
For Immediate Release
(Upland, CA, March 10, 2020) The west coast’s longest-running and number one Lightning Sprint Car organization, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series, will open its 27th consecutive season of racing this Saturday night, March 14th, at the Bakersfield Speedway.  The race will be the first of 15 on the 2020 schedule for the CLS and the first of five on the Kern County clay oval.
The fight for the CLS 2020 title will be wide open as three-time and defending series champion Jarrett Kramer is stepping away from racing.  A strong contingent of young lions, led by Lakewood’s Aiden Lange, Eric Greco of Palmdale, Gardena’s Dominic Del Monte and James Turnbull Jr. of Indio are expected to fight for the 2020 crown with grizzled veterans Jeff Dyer of Yucca Valley, Cody Nigh of Camarillo, San Diego’s A.J. Bender, Doug Nunes of Kingsburg and five-time champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita.
As well as all the series regulars who are returning from the 2019 season, no less than five new teams are expected to join the traveling show in 2020.  
Last year the CLS visited Bakersfield five times and the veteran contingent won all five races.  Michnowicz and Nunes won two main events each and Bender claimed one.  
In addition to the CLS, Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks and American Stocks will be on Saturday’s card.  Spectator gates will open at 4:00 P.M. with racing at 6:00
Fans who would like to attend Saturday’s race in Bakersfield can find the track at 5001 N. Chester Ext., in Bakersfield (93308).  The track website is and the office phone number is (661) 393-3373.
After Saturday’s season opener, the CLS will get right back in action on Saturday, March 21st at its home track, the Ventura Raceway.
2020 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule
March 14th              Bakersfield Speedway
March 21st              Ventura Raceway
April 18th                 Bakersfield Speedway
May 2nd                   Ventura Raceway
June 6th                  Ventura Raceway
June 13th                Bakersfield Speedway
June 27th                Merced Speedway Wayne Albright Memorial (Civil War Series/Non-Wing Challenge)
July 25th                  Santa Maria Raceway (with King of the West Sprint Cars)
August 15th             Santa Maria Raceway (with USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
August 29th             Ventura Raceway
September 5th         Ventura Raceway
September 19th       Bakersfield Speedway
October 3rd             Ventura Raceway
October 31st            Ventura Raceway
November 17th        Bakersfield Speedway (with USAC National Midgets)
If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 27th season in 2020, please call Alex Grigoreas at (909) 437-3170.
To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at
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
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2014 Bobby Michnowicz
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2016 Bobby Michnowicz
2017 Bobby Michnowicz
2018 Jarrett Kramer
2019 Jarrett Kramer 
This press release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768mailto:[email protected]

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