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(Torrance, CA, June 12, 2018) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will head to the Bakersfield Speedway for round #1 of the “Civil War Series” vs the Bay Cities Racing Association this Saturday night, June 16. In addition to the Lightning Sprints, the USAC Western Midgets, Modifieds, American Stocks, Mini Dwarfs and Mini Mods will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 P.M. with racing at 6:00.

Saturday’s race will be the first of four in the “Civil War Series” that matches the two premiere Lightning Sprint Car clubs on the Pacific Coast. Round two will take place at the CLS home track, the Ventura Raceway, on July 21st. The home-field advantage will switch to BCRA’s Placerville Speedway on September 21st and 22nd.

Last year in the “Civil War Series,” CLS drivers Chris Dickey, Bobby Michnowicz and Jarrett Kramer won three of the four races, but BCRA’s Dakota Albright won the war as he was high point man in the series.

Spring Valley’s Jarrett Kramer leads the California Lightning Sprint Car championship standings heading into Saturday’s race at the Bakersfield Speedway. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

In addition to “Civil War” points, Saturday’s race on “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval” will also pay race points for the CLS year-long championship chase. Heading into the event, 2010 CLS champion Kramer is the current CLS point leader. The Spring Valley veteran leads Lakeside’s Brent Sexton by 55-points. Lakewood teen sensation Aiden Lange is third in the championship standings and is only six-points behind Sexton. California Highway Patrol officer Jeff Dyer, who resides in Bermuda Dunes, is fourth with another teenager, Dominic Del Monte of Gardena, fifth.

Saturday’s race will be the sixth of the year for the CLS. Lange, who leads the series with two wins in the first five races, won the first race of the year at Bakersfield on April 21st. The other three winners in the CLS in 2018 are Michnowicz, Kramer and Camarillo’s Cody Nigh.

Fans wishing to attend Saturday’s race can find the Bakersfield Speedway at 5001 N. Chester Ext. in Bakersfield (93308). The track phone number is (661) 393-3373 and the website is available at

2018 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Point Standings
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA 629
2. Brent Sexton – Lakeside, CA – 574
3. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 568
4. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA – 541
5. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA - 534
5. Pat Kelley - Chino, CA – 511
7. Cody Nigh - Camarillo, CA – 478
8. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 413
9. Eric Greco - Palmdale, CA – 382
10. Dalton Sexton – Lakeside, CA - 370

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 – Cody Nigh
May 26 – Perris Auto Speedway – USAC National – Salute to Indy – Jarrett Kramer
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
August 25 – Barona Speedway
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 20 – Barona Speedway
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