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(Torrance, CA, May 15, 2018) This Saturday night, in the midst of it’s historic 25th season, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will return to where it all began, the Barona Speedway, for the first time in more than a decade. The CLS will be on hand to contest the Jim Squire Memorial. Saturday’s first race will be at 5:00 P.M.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the hottest driver in the CLS is 15-year-old Lakewood high school student Aiden Lange. Over the last two races, Lange has dominated the competition not only by winning both main events, but leading every lap as well. Despite his two convincing wins, a disqualification for being two pounds underweight in the season opener has cost Lange in the championship standings. Coming into Saturday’s fourth race of the year, he is only fifth in the points chase.

Going into the race at the original home of the CLS, Bermuda Dunes Jeff Dyer sits on top of the point standings. The California Highway Patrol Officer leads second place Jarrett Kramer, the 2010 CLS champ who lives in Spring Valley, by 11-points. Lakeside’s Brent Sexton, a two-time champ who was there when it all began for the CLS at Barona, is third in the standings and only trails Dyer by 14-points. Five-time champ Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita was leading the standings heading into the race two weeks ago at Ventura, but when he dropped out of that race while running fourth, he also dropped from first to fourth in the championship chase.

Grant and Dalton Sexton, the sons of Brent Sexton, are ranked first and second in the “Rookie of the Year” chase. The Barona facility is literally in the teenager’s backyard.

In addition to the CLS, the Street Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, Ponies, Pure Stocks, Dwarfs, Junior Sprints and Mini Dwarfs will also be in action.

For fans wishing to attend Saturday’s race, the Barona Speedway is located at 1754 Wildcat Road in Lakeside. The office phone number is (619) 749-8115 and the track website is

After Saturday’s race in Barona, the CLS will be back in action at the annual Salute to Indy with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway on May 26th.

2018 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Point Standings
1. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA – 365
2. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 354
3. Brent Sexton – Lakeside, CA – 350
4. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 337
5. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 308
6. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 298
7. Pat Kelley - Chino, CA – 293
8. Mike Nigh - Camarillo, CA – 259
9. Bruce Douglass - Ventura, CA – 246
10. Eric Greco - Palmdale, CA - 240

March 17 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National – Rained Out

March 24 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Rained Out

April 14 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz

April 21 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National – Aiden Lange

May 5 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Aiden Lange

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