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(Torrance, CA, April 4, 2017) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will make its first appearance of 2017 at its home track, the Ventura Raceway, this Saturday night, April 8th. The race will be the first of seven for the CLS at the gorgeous track that is on the Ventura County Fairgrounds. In addition to the CLS, the VRA Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Dwarf Cars and Hobby Stocks will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 3:00. Qualifying will start at 3:30 and the first race will be at 5:30.

Saturday’s race will be the third of 2017 for the CLS and so far, it has been all about Spring Valley’s Jarrett Kramer. The 2010 series champion has two wins and a second-place finish in the first three races of the campaign. The upfront finishes see the soon to be 35-year-old driver carry a 29-point lead over San Diego State Senior and 2016 “Rookie of the Year” Cody Nigh of Camarillo heading into Saturday’s race. Two-time champ Brent Sexton of Lakeside, fast teen Aiden Lange of Lakewood and California Highway Patrol officer Jeff “Ponch” Dyer of Victorville round out the top five.

In 2016 the CLS made eight appearances at the picturesque track that is located adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Four-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita, who broke in hot laps at Bakersfield two weeks ago, led the way with three wins. Dyer had two wins at the track called “The Best Little Dirt Track in America,” and Upland’s Alex Grigoreas, Pat Kelley of Chino and Ventura’s Bruce Douglass had one each.

Dyer won the last CLS race at Ventura two days prior to Halloween last October. Kramer finished second in that affair. They were running in that order two weeks ago at Bakersfield when Dyer had a battery cable come off resulting in a disappointing 17th place finish for him while Kramer streaked off to his second win of the year.

The Ventura Raceway is conveniently located just off the 101 freeway on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA 93001. The track phone number is (805) 648-RACE. There will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the gate on Saturday.

The California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2017 season possible: Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, DK Fabrication, Extreme Muffler, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Race Products, Sander Engineering, Speedmart, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless, Woodland Auto Display.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the 2017 season, please call Bobby Michnowicz at: (310) 320-5569.

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California Lightning Sprints Championship Point Standings
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley – 415
2. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 386
3. Brent Sexton – Lakeside – 350
4. Aiden Lange – Lakewood – 339
5. Jeff Dyer - Victorville - 316
6. Wyatt Downing – Lakewood – 285
7. Eric Greco – Palmdale - 276
8. Ken Coulston – Bermuda Dunes - 255
9. Dan Hillberg – Placentia - 248
10. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita - 246

2017 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule
March 11: Imperial Valley Raceway – California Midwinter Fair – Jarrett Kramer
March 12: Imperial Valley Raceway – California Midwinter Fair – Bobby Michnowicz
March 25: Bakersfield Speedway – Civil War with BCRA – Jarrett Kramer
April 8: Ventura Raceway – USAC National
April 22: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National
May 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Civil War w/BCRA
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Civil War w/BCRA
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Salute to Indy - USAC National
June 3: Ventura Raceway – USAC National
June 17: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National
June 24: Santa Maria Raceway – USAC National
July 8: Ventura Raceway – USAC National
August 2: Ventura Raceway – Fair Race - USAC National
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Hall of Fame Race– USAC National
September 2: Ventura Raceway – USAC National
September 23: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National
October 7: Ventura Raceway – Civil War w/BCRA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – USAC National
**=Proposed Date.
This schedule is subject to change.

1994 Tony Everhart, 1995 Gary Sexton, 1996 Rob Sczymczak, 1997 Jon Rahe, 1998 Chris Rahe, 1999 Brent Sexton, 2000 Greg Bragg, 2001 Greg Bragg, 2002 Greg Bragg, 2003 David Cardey, 2004 Keith Janca, 2005 Johnny Bates, 2006 Donny Gansen, 2007 Shane Rossen, 2008 Brent Sexton, 2009 Stuart Hielschier Sr., 2010 Jarrett Kramer, 2011 Tim Brown, 2012 Bobby Michnowicz, 2013 Stephen Limon, 2014 Bobby Michnowicz, 2015 Bobby Michnowicz, 2016 Bobby Michnowicz.

This press release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768