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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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Point Standings
1. Bobby Michnowicz - 2285
2. Damon Arnett - 2224
3. Jeff Dyer - 2189
4. Corey Hoover - 2027
5. Zach Zauss - 2026
6. Jeremy Queener - 2010
7. Cori Andrews - 2009
8. Dale Gamer - 1848
9. Dan Hillberg - 1778
10. Robert Wilhelm - 1302

Point Standings: FINAL 2014

 
CLS Schedule of Events
2014 CLS Membership Form Page 1 (Microsoft Word Format)
2014 CLS Membership Form Page 2 (pdf format)
CLS Racer Information
  • MICHNOWICZ WINS 2ND LIGHTNING SPRINT TITLE AND OVAL NATIONALS MAIN!
    (Torrance, CA, November 11, 2014)
    Lomita, California’s Bobby Michnowicz left no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who should be the 2014 California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion when he scored the season ending main event victory in last Friday night’s 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway. The win was the seventh of the season for the 50-year-old racer....more. 
     

  • LIGHTNING SPRINT TITLE TO BE DECIDED AT LAST RACE!
    (Torrance, CA, November 5, 2014) The curtain will come down on the California Lightning Sprint Car season this Friday, November 7th, at the middle night of the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway. At the final race, the two most important awards in the club, the overall championship and the Rookie of the Year, will be decided. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM with racing at 6:45. The USAC National & CRA Sprint Cars and the PAS Senior Sprints will be part of the show...more.
      

  • NUNES WINS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS “BEACH PARTY” AT VENTURA!
    (Torrance, CA, October 23, 2014) Three-time BCRA champion Doug Nunes journeyed south from his Kingsburg, California home and won the California Lightning Sprint Car Series “Party at The Beach” main event last Saturday at the Ventura Raceway. While Nunes’ was busy winning his first CLS main of the 2014 campaign, Bobby Michnowicz became the third different point leader in the last three CLS races and will be the driver to beat heading into the season finale at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7th...more.
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS CARS “BEACH PARTY” AT VENTURA RACEWAY THIS SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, October 16, 2014) The next to last race on the 2014 schedule for the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will be the “Beach Party” featuring the CLS against the top stars from BCRA this Saturday night at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. The race will go a long way in deciding who will be the CLS champ in 2014. San Diego’s Damon Arnett has a 9-point lead over 2012 Champion Bobby Michnowicz and he is 12-points in front of Jeff Dyer. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 5:30. Joining the CLS on the program will be the VRA Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, Sport Compacts, Mod Lites, Junior Midgets and Mini Dwarfs....more. 
     

  • MICHNOWICZ WINS CLS BAKERSFIELD MAIN - ARNETT TAKES THE POINT LEAD!
    (Torrance, CA, October 2, 2014) One of the wildest season’s in the 21-year existence of the California Lightning Sprint Car Series continued at the Bakersfield Speedway last Saturday night and more twists were added to the plot when Bobby Michnowicz won the final “Civil War Series North vs South” race and Damion Arnett took over the championship point lead with only three races remaining on the 2014 schedule....more. 
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR STANDINGS TIGHTEN HEADING INTO SATURDAY’S BAKERSFIELD RACE!
    (Torrance, CA, September 24, 2014) When the California Lightning Sprint Car Series arrives at the Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday night, September 27th, the race for the championship will reach a fever pitch as the top two in the standings, Jeff Dyer and Damon Arnett, are separated by a mere 8-points with only four races remaining on the 2014 calendar. To make things even more exciting, Saturday will be the final round of the “North vs South Civil War Series” matching the CLS vs Northern California’s BCRA. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM with racing at 6:00. The Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks and Mini Dwarfs will also be on the program....more. 
     

  • HILLBERG PICKS UP SECOND WIN OF THE YEAR AT GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC!
    (Torrance, CA, September 18, 2014) Longtime veteran Dan Hillberg became only the second driver in 2014 to win more than one main event in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series when he outdistanced the field in the Glenn Howard Classic last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway....more. 
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT SEASON HITS THE HOMESTRETCH SATURDAY AT PERRIS!
    (Torrance, CA, September 11, 2014) When the California Lightning Sprint Car Series returns to action at the Glenn Howard Classic this Saturday, September 13th, at Perris Auto Speedway, it will mark the beginning of the homestretch drive for the 2014 championship. Joining the CLS on the quadruple header program at The PAS will be the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun & Senior Sprints. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at 7:00....more. 
      

  • KEVIN MICHNOWICZ PASSES HIS DAD TO WIN PERRIS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR MAIN!
    (Torrance, CA, August 20, 2014) Kevin Michnowicz had little respect for his elders including his father Bobby who he passed to win the California Lightning Sprint Car Series main event before a large crowd at the “California’s Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. The victory was the first of the season for the part-time Lomita, California racer....more. 

 

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