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California Lightning Sprints
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Bakersfield, California

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Santa Maria, California

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CLS POINT STANDINGS (PRIOR TO JUNE 15 BAKERSFIELD)
1. 21x Bobby Michnowicz 795, 2. 45 Cody Nigh 690, 3. 8g Eric Greco 646, 4. 4JR Seth Dyer 605, 5. Z8 Zate Legend 581, 6. 42 Jon Robertson 580, 7. 4 Jeff Dyer 568, 8. 57 Connor Speir 564, 9. 3 Pat Kelley 419, 10. 13x Aiden Lange 382, 11. 41 Brodey Graham 367, 12. 23 Clay Byers 310, 13. 97 Leland Day 269, 14. 46 Jacob Magallanes 257, 15. 39 Roland Smith 94, 16. 20 Kelly Weitzel 67, 17. 48 Tatum Manu 20.

RED HOT MICHNOWICZ WINS AGAIN AT VENTURA FOR HIS FOURTH CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT VICTORY OF 2024
(Torrance, CA, June 10, 2024) Hall of Fame Baseball catcher Yogi Berra once said, “It is like Deja Vu all over again.” That could certainly apply to the 2024 California Lightning Sprint Car season as last Saturday night at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway, six-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz won his fourth main event in the last five races....(more)

JUNE 8 VENTURA RACE RESULTS (RM)

JUNE 8 VENTURA RACE RESULTS (MRP)

CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS MAKE SECOND VENTURA APPEARANCE ON SATURDAY
(Torrance, CA, June 3, 2024)
After a two-week break in its busy schedule, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series will make its second of five appearances at the Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, June 8th. Spectator gates for the race at “The Best Little Dirt Track In America” will open at 3:00 p.m., and racing will begin at 5:30....(more).

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, June 3, 2024)
Hey racers, summer is almost upon us. Are you ready to start spending some time at the beach? There's no better opportunity than this coming Saturday June 8th at Ventura Raceway as the California Lightning Sprints return to the sea and sand for another exciting night of competition. Come on out to the beach party and enjoy the racing!.....(more).

CLS POINT STANDINGS (PRIOR TO JUNE 8 VENTURA)
1. Bobby Michnowicz, Oak Hills, CA … 659
2. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, CA … 564
3. Eric Greco, Palmdale, CA … 511
4. Seth Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA … 486
5. Zate Legend, Riverside, CA … 480
6. Jon Robertson, Torrance, CA … 472
7. Jeff Dyer, Riverside, CA … 469
8. Connor Speir, Fillmore, CA … 450
9. Aiden Lange, Lakewood, CA … 382
10. Broedy Graham, Bakersfield, CA … 367


BOBBY MICHNOWICZ IS THREE FOR THREE IN 2024 AT THE BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY
(Torrance, CA, May 20, 2024)
Six-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz continued his domination at the Bakersfield Speedway by winning his third main event of 2024 on the 1/3 mile-high banked clay oval. Not only did he win the main event, but he also was the fastest qualifier and finished second in his heat race.....(more).

MAY 18 BAKERSFIELD RACE RESULTS


BOBBY MICHNOWICZ GOES FOR CLS BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY HAT TRICK THIS SATURDAY
(Torrance, CA, May 12, 2024)
California Lightning Sprint Car Series legend Bobby Michnowicz will be looking for his third straight Bakersfield Speedway victory when the CLS visits the famous West Coast oval this Saturday night, May 18th. In addition to seeking his third win in a row on the track, the 60-year-old star is looking to extend his point lead as he chases his seventh CLS title....(more)

CLS POINT STANDINGS (PRIOR TO MAY 18 BAKERSFIELD)
1. Bobby Michnowicz, Oak Hills, CA … 519
2. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, CA … 489
3. Eric Greco, Palmdale, CA … 430
4. Jeff Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA … 401
5. Aiden Lange, Lakewood, CA … 382
6. Jon Robertson, Torrance, CA … 375
6. Zate Legend, Riverside, CA … 375
8. Seth Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA … 368
9. Connor Speir, Fillmore, CA … 355
10. Pat Kelley, Chino, CA … 285

 
AJ BENDER BECOMES CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES FOURTH WINNER IN FIRST FIVE RACES OF 2024
(Torrance, CA, May 7, 2024)
Kicked back and basking in the glory of his first-ever USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series victory a week earlier at Perris Auto Speedway, AJ Bender’s phone rang last Friday night. On the other end of the line was Savage Racing car owner Brian Fonseca who was calling to see if Bender wanted to drive his well-known #3F car in the following night's California Lightning Sprint Car Series race at the Ventura Raceway. Bender accepted the offer and 24 hours later he was holding his second winner’s trophy in the past eight days....(more).

MAY 4 VENTURA RACE RESULTS


ROUND FIVE OF THE CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES IS THIS SATURDAY AT THE VENTURA RACEWAY
(Torrance, CA, April 30, 2024)
For the first time since last October, the California Lightning Sprint Cars Series will converge on the Ventura Raceway for round #5 of the 2024 racing season this Saturday, May 4th. It will be the first of five appearances for the CLS on the famous beachside oval this year. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 p.m. and the first race will be at 5:30....(more).

CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
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, 2018 Jarrett Kramer, 2019 Jarrett Kramer, 2020 No Award, 2021 David Gasper, 2022 David Gasper, 2023 Bobby Michnowicz

 
 
 

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