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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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  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SALUTE TO INDY!
    (Torrance, CA, May 25, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will return to its former home track, Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday night, May 28th for the “Salute to Indy.” Joining the CLS will be the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series and The PAS Young Gun & Senior Sprints. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will see the green flag at 7:00.........more
     

  • KELLEY POSTS FIRST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT WIN - HILLBERG TAKES POINTS LEAD!
    (Torrance, CA, May 17, 2016)
    2015 California Lightning Sprint Car Series “Rookie of the Year,” Pat Kelley of Chino, won his first ever CLS main event leading every single lap at the Ventura Raceway last Saturday night. While Kelley was winning the 20-lapper, Corona’s Darren Hillberg was busy taking the overall lead in the championship standings.........more
     

  • HILLBERG CLOSES IN ON GRIGOREAS IN CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR POINTS CHASE!
    (Torrance, CA, May 9, 2016) Corona, California’s Darren Hillberg hopes to keep closing the gap on point leader Alex Grigoreas when the California Lightning Sprint Car Series makes its second 2016 appearance at Jim Naylor’s picturesque Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, May 14th. In addition to the CLS, the VRA Sprint Cars & Dwarf Cars and the IMCA Modifieds will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and racing will begin at 5:30..........more  
     

  • CARACCILO GETS FIRST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR WIN!
    (Torrance, CA, May 4, 2016) Madera, California’s Charlie Caraccilo scored his first ever win in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series last Saturday night when he bested 17 other drivers at the Bakersfield Speedway. The win made him the third different winner in the first five races of the 2016 season in the CLS..........more   
     

  • VIDEO CLIP: Highlights from Bakersfield Speedway on April 30th, 2016.
      

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS RETURN TO BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, April 25, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will cross by the quarter-mark of the 2016 season when it visits “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Of A Mile High Banked Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway, this Saturday night, April 30th. It will be the second of four appearances at the track for the CLS this year. Also on the card will be the USAC Western States Midgets, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, USAC Micros and Mini Stocks. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and racing will start at 6:00.........more   
      

  • GRIGOREAS WINS THIRD LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN OF 2016!
    (Torrance, CA, April 19, 2016) Open wheel racing veteran Alex Grigoreas continued his domination of the California Lightning Sprint Car Series when he won the main event last Saturday night at the Santa Maria Raceway. The victory gave the Upland resident three wins in four starts in 2016 and propelled into the top spot in the championship point standings.........more   

  • INLAND EMPIRE DRIVERS ON TOP OF LIGHTNING SPRINT POINT STANDINGS!
    (Torrance, CA, April 12, 2016)
    The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will contest round #4 of its 2016 championship series this Saturday night, April 16th, at the Santa Maria Raceway. Heading into the event, Inland Empire drivers are occupying the top four spots in the standings. Saturday’s race program, which will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Santa Maria/CDCRA Dwarf Cars and Outlaw Karts, will be the season opener for the track after last week’s festivities were rained out. Gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday with the first race at 6:00........more 
     

  • GRIGOREAS WINS SECOND LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN OF 2016!
    (Torrance, CA, April 7, 2016) Veteran Upland, California open wheel racer Alex Grigoreas scored his second 2016 win in three races with the California Lightning Sprint Car Series last Saturday night at the Ventura Raceway. The victory, his third ever with the CLS, allowed Grigoreas to close to three-points behind leader James Heling in the championship point standings........more 
     

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS HEAD TO VENTURA ON SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, March 30, 2016)
    This Saturday night, April 2nd, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will contest round #3 of its 2016 championship series at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Joining the CLS at the beach side oval will be the VRA Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars and Hobby Stocks. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and racing will get underway at 5:30.......more 
     

  • MICHNOWICZ WINS BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT MAIN!
    (Torrance, CA, March 24, 2016) Three-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series Champion Bobby Michnowicz continued his mastery of the Bakersfield Speedway last Saturday night when he swept the show recording fast time, winning his heat and capping it off with his eighth main event victory in his last 13 starts on the track known as “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile Banked Clay Oval.” The victory propelled the 52-year-old Lomita driver into second place in the championship standings behind leader James Heling.......more
       

  • CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY!
    (Torrance, CA, March 15, 2016) Round #2 of the 2016 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Championship schedule is this Saturday night, March 19th, at “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile Banked Clay Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway. Joining the CLS will be the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Sportmods and American Stocks. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and the first race will get the green flag at 6:00........more

 

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