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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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  NOVEMBER 18 BAKERSFIELD POSTER
   
  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  
    
  KRAMER CLOSES IN ON 2ND CLS TITLE AS SERIES HITS BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY!
(Torrance, CA, September 19, 2017) 2010 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Champion Jarret Kramer of Spring Valley can start putting the wrapping on his second title when the CLS hits the Bakersfield Speedway for the next to last time in 2017, this Saturday night, September 23rd. Joining the CLS on “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile-High Banked Clay Oval” will be the Racesaver Winged Sprints, Modifieds, Sport Mods and Hard Tops. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:00.......more  
     
  MICHNOWICZ WINS 6TH LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN OF 2017 AT VENTURA!
(Torrance, CA, September 6, 2017) Four-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series Champion Bobby Michnowicz notched his third CLS/USAC Lightning Sprint main event win in a row last Saturday night at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. The victory was the Lomita based drivers sixth win of the year and allowed him to pull into a second-place tie with Aiden Lange in the championship standings with four races to go in 2017......more  
     
  MICHNOWICZ TAKES LEAD ON CAUTION AND WINS 5TH LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN OF 2017!
(Torrance, CA, August 30, 2017) Four-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series Champion Bobby Michnowicz took the lead during a caution period in the CLS/USAC Lightning Sprint main event last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway and went on to his series leading fifth main event of the year. The victory also capped off a clean sweep for the Lomita, California driver who was also fast qualifier on the night and who won his six-lap heat race.......more  
     
  USAC National Lightning Sprints Championship Points Standings
(AUGUST 29, 2017)
Four groups in three different regions completed races over the weekend. One each for the Midwest Lightning Sprints, Midwest Mini Sprint Association, and California Lightning Sprints. The Rocky Mountain Lightning Sprint Association completed two sanctioned events playing catchup for previous rain outs. This tightens the points race as the RMLSA carried a 22 car average for both races maximizing the points earned by their competitors......more  
     
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SATURDAY!
(Torrance, CA, August 22, 2017) This Saturday night, August 26th, the USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series will make its second and final appearance of 2017 at “The Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing,” Perris Auto Speedway. Joining the CLS at The PAS on “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” will be the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and The PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. and racing will begin at 7:00.....more  
     
  MICHNOWICZ WINS CLS VENTURA FAIR RACE FOR 2ND YEAR IN A ROW!
(Torrance, CA, August 8, 2017) Last Wednesday night, for the second year in a row, four-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series Champion Bobby Michnowicz won the main event at the Ventura County Fair race. The victory was the fourth of the year for the Lomita based veteran and it propelled him to third in the 2017 CLS championship standings.....more  
     
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS AT VENTURA COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 2ND!
(Torrance, CA, July 26, 2017) The USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series will be making one it’s most popular stops of the year at the Ventura Raceway on opening night of the annual Ventura County Fair on Wednesday night August 2nd. The first green flag of the night will wave at 6:00 PM.....more
     
  STRETCH RUN FOR CLS
(Torrance, CA, July 14, 2017) As the California Lightning Sprints start there final third of the season numerous big events are on the schedule.  With 7 events left CLS resumes with the Ventura Fair race on Aug 2nd which pays $700 to win and $75 to start. The top three in points, Jarrett Kramer, Aiden Lange and Cody Nigh are separated by only 87 points and the top 5 by only 250, with a total of 148 points available at each event, the championship is still anybodys.....more
     
  CHARLIE CARACILLO WINS 2ND CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN OF 2017!
(Torrance, CA, July 14, 2017) Madera’s Charlie Caracillo won his second California Lightning Sprint Car/USAC race in less than a month when he outdistanced the field at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway last Saturday night.....more
     
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT VENTURA SATURDAY!
(Torrance, CA, July 6, 2017) The California Lightning/USAC Sprint Car Series returns to its home track, the Ventura Raceway, this Saturday night, July 8th. Joining the CLS on the ocean side dirt track will be the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, Dwarf Cars and the 600’s. Gates will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 5:30.........more

 

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