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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 at the Perris, Bakersfield, Ventura, Santa Maria, Barona, El Centro, and Victorville clay ovals. 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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  • DYER WINS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN – MICHNOWICZ WINS 4TH CHAMPIONSHIP!
    (Torrance, CA, November 3, 2016)
    Victorville’s Jeff Dyer won the battle by notching his second California Lightning Sprint Car main event winof the season, but Lomita’s Bobby Michnowicz won the war when he sewed up his record breaking fourth series title last Saturday night at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. The race was the final of the year for the CLS.........more  
      

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS CLOSE 2016 SEASON SATURDAY AT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, October 24, 2016) Nearly eight months after opening the 2016 campaign, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will wrap up its 23rd season this Saturday night, October 29th, at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. The USAC Western Midgets and VRA Dwarf Cars will also be in action at the longtime beach side oval. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 5:30.........more
      

  • October 29 Ventura "Beach Party 3" Poster.
          

  • MICHNOWICZ WINS VENTURA CLS MAIN GETS CLOSER TO FOURTH TITLE!
    (Torrance, CA, October 19, 2016) Last Saturday night at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway, Lomita, California’s Bobby Michnowicz won his series leading sixth California Lightning Sprint Car main event of 2016. The victory allowed Michnowicz to creep closer to his record setting fourth CLS championship that he can sew up back at Ventura on October 29th.........more
     

  • VIDEO CLIP: October 15th CLS Highlights from Ventura Raceway
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT VENTURA SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, October 12, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will stage its next to last race of what has been a highly successful 2016 season this Saturday night, October 15th, at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. The IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Focus Midgets will also be on the card. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and racing get underway at 5:30........more  
     

  • DOUGLASS GETS FIRST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT WIN AT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, October 6, 2016)
    Local racer Bruce Douglass, a multi-time Senior Sprint Car Series champion, scored an upset win in the California Lightning Sprint Car main event last Saturday night at the Ventura Raceway. The victory was the first ever in a Lightning Sprint for the affable driver.......more
      

  • October 1st CLS Highlights from Ventura Raceway
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS BEGIN LAST MONTH OF 2016 SEASON AT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, September 28, 2016)
    The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will begin the final month of the 2016 campaign this Saturday night, October 1st, at the Ventura Raceway. The VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, Dwarfs and IMCA Modifieds will join the CLS at the show. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 with the first race at 5:30.........more
     

  • MICHNOWICZ SWEEPS BAKERSFIELD AND TAKES CLS POINT LEAD!
    (Torrance, CA, September 21, 2016) In what looked like an impossibility a couple of months ago, three-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz took over the 2016 championship series points lead when he swept the show last Saturday night at the Bakersfield Speedway.........more
     

  • HELING LEADS LIGHTNING SPRINTS INTO FINAL 2016 BAKERSFIELD RACE!
    (Torrance, CA, September 13, 2016)
    San Bernardino’s James Heling leads the California Lightning Sprint Car Series into its final 2016 appearance at the Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday night, September 17th. The CLS will be joined by the Modifieds, Sportmods, IMCA Stock Cars and Mini Stocks at “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile Banked Clay Oval.” Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at 7:00........more
     

  • MICHNOWICZ SWEEPS VENTURA LIGHTNING SPRINTS– HELING TAKES POINT LEAD!
    (Torrance, CA, September 7, 2016)
    Three-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz went on a rampage at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway last Saturday night and swept the California Lightning Sprint Car show by setting fast time, winning his heat and the 20-lap main event. While Michnowicz was dominating first place on the night, San Bernardino’s James Heling re-took the lead in the series championship standings with only five races remaining on the schedule..........more
     

  • POINT SHAKEUP COMING AS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS HIT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, August 31, 2016) There is going to be a big shakeup in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series championship standings as the series heads to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, September 3rd. Upland’s Alex Grigoreas, who has three wins and who has led the standings for most of the year, had a heart attack last Monday and subsequent successful surgery to install a stint.........more
     
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT SANTA MARIA SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, August 17, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series heads to the Santa Maria Raceway for the second and final time of the 2016 season this Saturday night, August 20th. Joining the CLS on the program will be the RaceSaver Winged Sprints, Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and the Sport Mods. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and the first race will take place at 5:00.........more
     

  • August 3rd CLS Highlights from the Ventura County Fair
     

  • MICHNOWICZ WINS VENTURA COUNTY FAIR LIGHTNING SPRINT RACE!
    (Torrance, CA, August 9, 2016) Three-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz scored his third win of the season in front of a packed house on opening night of the Ventura County Fair. The win ties him with Alex Grigoreas on top of the 2016 main event win list.........more
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT VENTURA COUNTY FAIR!
    (Torrance, CA, July 27, 2016)
    The California Lightning Sprint Car Series swings back into action with a very special race the Ventura Raceway on Wednesday night, August 3rd. The race will be part of opening night of the 141st Ventura County Fair. Joining the CLS on the card will be the IMCA Modifieds, VRA Dwarf Cars, Focus Midgets and a Demolition Derby. The first race will start at 6:00 PM.........more

 

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