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(Torrance, CA, April 8, 2018) Finally, after two previous rainouts, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will kick off its historic 25th anniversary season this Saturday night, April 14th, at the Ventura Raceway. It will likewise be the season opener for the track as it lost its first three shows due to rain. Joining the CLS on the ocean side oval will be the Dwarf Cars, Senior Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and the Focus Midgets. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 P.M. and racing will start at 5:30.

The plethora of rain on Saturday nights in March forced cancellation of the CLS scheduled races at the Bakersfield Speedway on March 17th and March 24th at Ventura. That prompted five CLS drivers to make the 500-mile journey to the Placerville Speedway for last Saturday’s BCRA season opener. CLS teenage sensation Aiden Lange of Lakewood won his first ever Lightning Sprint main event at the Northern California track. Lakeside’s Brent Sexton, a two time CLS Champion, came home second. Sexton’s teenage sons, Grant and Dalton, who will be among those fighting for the CLS “Rookie of the Year” award in 2018, finished 13th and 17th respectively. Five-time CLS Champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita blew up in hot laps.

Last season the CLS had seven races scheduled at Ventura. Like this year, the first one fell victim to rain. In the ensuing six races, Michnowicz led the way with three wins. Madera’s Charlie Caraccilo, A.J. Bender of San Diego and Ventura’s Bruce Douglass each scored a win each at the “Commotion by the Ocean” in 2017.

After Saturday’s race at Ventura the CLS stars will have little time to rest on their laurels as they will be at Bakersfield on April 21st before returning to Ventura on May 5th.

The Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura (93001). Phone (805) 648-RACE. Website

March 17 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National – Rained Out

March 24 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Rained Out

April 14 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

April 21 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

May 5 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

May 19th – Barona Speedway – Jim Squire Memorial

May 26 – Perris Auto Speedway – USAC National – Salute to Indy

June 16 – Bakersfield Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA

July 7 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

July 21 – Santa Maria Raceway – Civil War vs BCRA

August 1 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Ventura County Fair

August 18 – Perris Auto Speedway – USAC National – California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night

September 8 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

September 21 – Placerville Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA

September 22 – Placerville Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA

October 6 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

October 27 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

November 17- Bakersfield Speedway USAC National with USAC National and Western Midgets

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 its historic 25th season in 2018, please call Bobby Michnowicz at: (310) 320-5569.

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at


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, 2017 Bobby Michnowicz.

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