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The California Lightning Sprints (CLS) are a Southern California based 1200cc Mini-Sprint club. The group competes in both winged and non-winged events in California. Reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, the cars of the CLS may be small in size, but they are big on excitement!!! 

     

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April 21: USAC National
Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

May 5: USAC National
Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

May 19: Jim Squire Memorial
Barona Speedway – Lakeside, CA
 
 
  MICHNOWICZ KICKS OFF LIGHTNING SEASON WITH A WIN AT VENTURA – BAKERSFIELD THIS WEEK!
(Torrance, CA, April 17, 2018) The weather finally cooperated and the California Lightning Sprint Car Series kicked off its historic 25th anniversary season in style with a big field of cars at the Ventura Raceway last Saturday night. Big field or not, the results were much the same as they have been the past few years with five-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita prevailing over the field to win the season opener. The CLS has little time off as it is at the Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday.....more  
   
  VENTURA RACEWAY APRIL 14th HIGHLIGHTS
   
  POINT STANDINGS (Prior to April 21 Bakersfield)
1. Bobby Michnowicz 140, 2. Bruce Douglass 136, 3. Jeff Dyer 125, 4. Eric Greco 118, 5. Brent Sexton 112, 6. Dominic Del Monte 107, 7. Jarrett Kramer 102, 8. Grant Sexton 101, 9. Alex Grigoreas 100, 10. Wyatt Downing 85, 11. Robb Pelmear 79, 12. Dale Gamer 78, 13. Dan Foster 76, 14. Pat Kelley 75, 15. Wink Schweitzer 68, 16. Cody Nigh 67, 17. Michael Tobiason 63, 18. Gage Cheek 57, 19. John Nelson 54, 20. Aiden Lange 35, 21. Frank Ditmar 30, 22. Jared Skaggs 29, 23. James Turnbull 28, 24. Dalton Sexton 20
   
  APRIL 14 VENTURA RACEWAY RESULTS
   
  UPDATED 2018 RACE SCHEDULE
    
  AFTER TWO RAINOUTS LIGHTNING SPRINTS OPEN SEASON AT VENTURA!
(Torrance, CA, April 8, 2018) Finally, after two previous rainouts, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will kick off its historic 25th anniversary season this Saturday night, April 14th, at the Ventura Raceway. It will likewise be the season opener for the track as it lost its first three shows due to rain. Joining the CLS on the ocean side oval will be the Dwarf Cars, Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and the Focus Midgets. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 P.M. and racing will start at 5:30.....more  
   
  RAIN CANCELS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS FOR 2ND WEEK IN A ROW!
(Torrance, CA, March 21, 2018) For the second week in a row, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series historic 25th anniversary season opener has fell victim to rain. Last Saturday, the original season opener was rained out at the Bakersfield Speedway. Mother Nature has unleashed her fury once again and has thus forced postponement of this Saturday’s scheduled event at the Ventura Raceway. The teams of the CLS now must wait three weeks before getting another shot at it at Ventura on April 14th.....more  
   
  WEATHER FORCES BAKERSFIELD'S CANCELLATION
(Torrance, CA, March 17, 2018)
Saturday night's California Lightning Sprint Car race at Bakersfield Speedway has been cancelled due to weather. The series resumes March 24 at Ventura Raceway.
   
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS OPEN 25TH SEASON SATURDAY AT BAKERSFIELD!
(Torrance, CA, March 13, 2018)
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will kick off its historic 25th anniversary season this Saturday night, March 17th, at the Bakersfield Speedway. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 P.M. with racing at 6:00. The USAC Western Midgets, IMCA Stock Cars and American Stocks will also be on the program.....more  
    
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES RELEASES HISTORIC 25TH SEASON SCHEDULE!
(Torrance, CA, December 18, 2017) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series has released the schedule for its historic 25th Anniversaray Season in 2018.....more    
    
  INDIANA’S BRADLEY GETS SEASON ENDING CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR WIN – MICHNOWICZ GETS 5TH CHAMPIONSHIP!
(Torrance, CA, November 27, 2017) Visiting Indiana driver Andy Bradley liked what he saw on his first trip to the Bakersfield Speedway for the “USAC Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship” last Saturday night as he won the history making main event and pocketed $1,000.00 in the process. While Bradley won the main event, Bobby Michnowicz won a hard fought, season long battle for his fifth California Lightning Sprint Car Series Championship.....more    
   
  USAC CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS CLOSE SEASON WITH BIGGEST RACE OF THE YEAR AT BAKERSFIELD!
(Torrance, CA, November 13, 2017) The USAC California Lightning Sprint Car Series will close the 2017 season with its biggest race of the year, the “USAC Western States Lightning Sprints Championship” this Saturday night, November 18th, at the Bakersfield Speedway. Joining the CLS will be the USAC National & Western Midgets, Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 P.M. with the first race at 6:00.....more  
   
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS MAKE FINAL 2017 VENTURA APPEARANCE SATURDAY!
(Torrance, CA, October 24, 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.....more  
     
  MICHNOWICZ WINS 5TH STRAIGHT CLS MAIN AND TAKES POINT LEAD!
(Torrance, CA, October 11, 2017) Four-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series Champion Bobby Michnowicz scored his fifth straight main event victory at the “North vs South Civil War Challenge” at the Ventura Raceway last Saturday night. The win propelled Michnowicz to the top of the heap in the point standings and put him in the driver’s seat in the championship chase with only two races to go in the 2017 season......more  
   
  MICHNOWICZ WIN 4TH STRAIGHT CLS MAIN AT BAKERSFIELD – NEXT UP VENTURA THIS SATURDAY
(Torrance, CA, October 1, 2017) Veteran Bobby Michnowicz continued his reign of terror over the USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series by winning his fourth straight main event on September 23rd at the Bakersfield Speedway. The victory, which was his series leading seventh of the year, allowed the four-time champ to close to within 29-points of point leader Jarrett Kramer with only three races remaining in the 2017 season. They will square off this Saturday night, October 7th, in the “North vs South Civil War Challenge” at the Ventura Raceway......more  
    

 

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