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(Torrance, CA, April 17, 2017) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will make its second appearance of 2017 at “The West’s Fastest 1/3 High Banked Clay Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway, this Saturday night, April 22nd. In addition to the CLS, the Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Mod Lites and NMRA Three-Quarter Midgets will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 Pand racing will begin at 6:00.

Spring Valley’s Jarrett Kramer won the last time the CLS visited Bakersfield on March 25th. Parlayed with a win and a second-place finish at the season opening weekend in El Centro in March, the 35-year-old will bring a 29-point lead over soon to be San Diego State graduate Cody Nigh of Camarillo 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 comprise the remainder of the top five in the championship standings.

CLS officials are working with the Ventura Raceway to re-schedule the April 8th rained race.

The Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 N. Chester Ext, Bakersfield, CA 93308. The track phone number is (661) 393-3373 and the website is:

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.

To keep up with the CLS on line, please visit the web site at:


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