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Welcome To The Official Website Of The California Lightning Sprints! 

California Lightning Sprints
MARCH 1&2:
IMPERIAL VALLEY RACEWAY
Imperial, California
 
MARCH 9:
BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY
Bakersfield, California

APRIL 13:
MERCED SPEEDWAY
Merced, California
CLS/BCRA Civil War

UPDATED 2024 CLS SCHEDULE, posted 02/14/24

RACINGJUNK.COM & LEAF RACEWEAR CONTEST

2024 UPDATED CLS RULE BOOK & SPECIFICATIONS

2024 CLS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS OPEN 30th SEASON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT IMPERIAL
(Torrance, CA, February 27, 2024)
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will kick off its historic 30th season with a pair of races during the California Mid-Winter Fair at the Imperial Valley Raceway this Friday and Saturday, March 1st and 2nd. Joining the CLS for this week’s exciting races will be the SoCal Lightning Sprints. Racing will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 on Saturday. The main event will be 20 laps each night...(more).

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, February 26, 2024)
Get ready to race! The 30th anniversary CLS season is about to get underway. 2 days of excitement at the historical Imperial Valley Raceway for the Mid-Winter Fair. on March 1st and 2nd....(more)

MARCH 23rd CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE AT THE BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY MOVED TO MARCH 9th
(Torrance, CA, February 17, 2024) California Lightning Sprint Car Series president Jon Robertson has announced that due to circumstances beyond the club’s control, the race scheduled at the Bakersfield Speedway on March 23rd has been moved up to March 9th. The remainder of the 2024 schedule remains unchanged......(more)

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, February 14, 2024) Greetings racers, I'm sure everyone is busy getting ready for our first round of the 2024 season with 2 days of fun and frolic at Imperial Valley Raceway on March 1st and 2nd. However I need to interrupt your preparations for an important schedule change.....(more)


CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, January 23, 2024) Time's running out...... get your reservations in for the CLS 2023 Championship Banquet on Saturday February 3rd. Come and receive your awards, bench race, find out what your fellow racers are up to for 2024, engage in airy persiflage and enjoy a nice dinner at Frantones Pizza and Spaghetti Villa in Cerritos.....(more)

CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES ANNOUNCES 30TH SEASON SCHEDULE
(Torrance, CA, January 22, 2024) The table has been set for the historic 30th season of racing for Southern California’s premier lightning sprint organization, the California Lightning Sprint Cars. The famous So Cal-based racing club will kick off the new campaign during the annual California Mid-Winter Fair at the Imperial Valley Raceway on March 1st and 2nd. The 20-race schedule will end nine months later at the Bakersfield Speedway....(more)

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, January 15, 2024)
We hope everyone had a great holiday and Chili Bowl season. The time for our 2023 champions banquet is rapidly approaching, get those checks in ASAP. Saturday February 3rd at Frantones Pizza and Spaghetti Villa in Cerritos.....(more).

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, December 22, 2023)
Season's Greetings to all! As we all deal with the last minute frenzy of the holiday season I thought I'd send out a quick note to interrupt your own personal chaos and provide you with the links to our 2024 rules and CLS membership forms and a reminder to get your checks in for the 2023 Championship banquet....(more).

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, December 11, 2023)
Howdy folks, I am thrilled to announce that we have just completed a fantastic season with over 50 different competitors at 17 races for our 2023 season...(more).
 
MICHNOWICZ PRESENTS HIMSELF WITH AN EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT BY WINNING HIS HISTORIC SIXTH CLS CHAMPIONSHIP

(Torrance, CA, November 18, 2023)
Mere hours before his 60th birthday, legendary Bobby Michnowicz driver gave himself an early present by sewing up his historic sixth California Lightning Sprint Car Series championship. The victory, his sixth in the CLS in 2023, came during the running of the 7th Annual Western States Lightning Sprint Car Series championship at the Bakersfield Speedway. It was his fourth win in the first seven years of the event. In addition to capturing the main, and sewing up the CLS title, the longtime racer also clinched the crown in the CLS/POWRi Best of the West Series....(more).

NOVEMBER 17-18 PLACERVILLE RACE RESULTS


FINAL 2023 BEST OF THE WEST STANDINGS

FINAL 2023 CLS POINT STANDINGS

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, November 15, 2023)
Wow, what a night! What a Season! Thanks to all who made it possible...(more)

NOVEMBER 14 BAKERSFIELD RACE RESULTS

CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES WRAPS UP 2023 SEASON AT BAKERSFIELD AND PLACERVILLE

(Torrance, CA, November 13, 2023)
The California Lightning Sprint car series will conclude its 28th season this week with races at the Bakersfield Speedway and the Placerville Speedway. The 7th Annual Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship presented by Channel Islands Floorcoverings will kick off the busy week at Bakersfield on Tuesday, November 14th. It will be the final points-paying race of the CLS season, and the finale of the CLS/POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints “Best of the West Series.” The CLS will then head north to close 2023 with the Bay Cities Racing Association at the prestigious Hangtown 100 on Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th...(more)

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, November 11, 2023)
Just a few more days until the 7th annual Western States Lightning Sprints Championship race. Who's in for committing lap money (and anything else) for the WSLSC on 11/14? We still have a handful of laps open. Many thanks to those who've sponsored laps so far!...(more)

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, November 6, 2023) One week from today! Buy your laps now, only 10 left!...(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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