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(Placentia, CA, March 26, 2013)
After one week off, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series returns to action this Saturday night, March 30th, at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Joining the CLS on Saturday’s racing card will be the VRA Sprint Cars, Senior Sprints, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets, Junior Midgets and Mini Dwarfs. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and the first race will be at 5:30. 

Saturday’s race, which is round #3 of the CLS Championship Series, will be the first of two appearances at the picturesque beach side oval in 2013. The other will take place on October 19th. Last year’s CLS champion, Bobby Michnowicz, won the only race staged at the track in 2012. 

Heading into Saturday’s race, third year driver Steve Limon of Corona, has parlayed a second and fifth place finish in the first two races of the year into the series point lead. The 2011 “Rookie of the Year” leads Placentia’s Dan Hillberg, who won the season opening main at Perris Auto Speedway on March 9th, by a single point. Impressive San Clemente rookie Ronny Hancock, who had a third at the season opener, is currently ranked third. Veteran Tom Downing of Lakewood is fourth in the standings while veteran Guy Maresch of Anaheim Hills and Zach Zauss of Murrieta are tied for fifth. 

At the last race of the series, round #1 of the “King of California Mini Sprint Challenge” at the Bakersfield Speedway on March 16th, Michnowicz started on the outside of the front row and beat pole sitter Hillberg to the checkered flag in the 20-car main event. Northern California’s Dakota Albright and Craig Dillard took third and fourth with Limon fifth. The 20-lap race went green to checkers uninterrupted.

For the second race in a row, Hancock was the hard charger. This time he started 20th and finished ninth.

Limon, Albright and Brian Corso won the three heats at Bakersfield. 

After Saturday’s race, the CLS will get one week off before returning to Perris Auto Speedway where they will join the legendary World of Outlaws at the “SoCal Showdown” on April 13th.

For 2013, cars in the CLS will be carrying transponders and they will qualify at all events. The driver with the most fast qualifying times at the end of the season will win the “Cold Fire West Qualifying Championship” and will pocket an extra $500.00. Another new sponsor to the series this season is Extreme Muffler. They will sponsor the “Extreme Muffler Heat Race Championship” and the driver with the most heat race wins will collect a $500.00 check.

The California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank series sponsors Christian Stover Foundation, Rod End Supply, Cold Fire West, Sander Engineering, Saldana Race Products, DK Machining and Fabrication, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Circle Track Performance, Extreme Muffler, Performance by Rosson Racing, Electro Tech Powder Coating, Oil Twins Amsoil and Haul Ass Fuel. If you or your company would like to become part of the California Lightning Series for the 2013 season, please call Dan Hillberg at: (714) 719-0295.

To keep up with the CLS on line, please visit the web site at: 

Bakersfield Main Event (with starting positions): 1. Bobby Michnowicz (2nd), 2. Dan Hillberg (1st), 3. Dakota Albright (10th), 4. Craig Dillard (7th), 5. Steve Limon (12th), 6. Brian Corso (9th), 7. Jeff Dyer (4th), 8. Tom Downing (6th), 9. Ronny Hancock (20th), 10. Zach Zauss (5th), 11. Dale Gamer (3rd), 12. Guy Maresch (13th), 13. B. Dillard (15th), 14. Jim Squire (11th), 15. Mike Kotlinski (18th), 16. James McCauley (14th), 17. Damon Arnett (17th), 18. Jon Squire (16th), 19. Doug Nunes (8th), 20. Alexander Bissett (19th)

2013 10 in California Lightning Sprint Car Series Points
Steve Limon – Corona – 341 
Dan Hillberg – Placentia – 340 
Ronny Hancock – San Clemente – 294 
Tom Downing – Lakewood – 281 
Zach Zauss – Murrieta – 265 
Ryan Maresch – Anahiem Hills – 265 
Dale Gamer – Anaheim – 253 
Alexander Bissett – Hemet – 251 
James McCauley – 228 
Mike Kotlinski – Nuevo - 224

2013 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule
March 9 Perris Auto Speedway Winged – Dan Hillberg
March 16 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – King of California Mini Sprint Challenge – Bobby Michnowicz
March 30 Ventura Raceway Winged
April 13 Perris Auto Speedway Winged
April 20 Bakersfield Speedway Non Wing – King of California Mini Sprint Challenge
April 27 Orange Show Speedway Winged
May 11 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – King of California Mini Sprint Challenge
May 25 Perris Auto Speedway Winged
June 1 Orange Show Speedway Non Wing
July 4 Perris Auto Speedway Winged
July 27 Route 66 Motorplex Winged
August 10 Santa Maria Speedway Winged
August 17 Perris Auto Speedway Winged
September 14 Perris Auto Speedway Winged
September 28 Bakersfield Speedway Winged
October 19 Ventura Raceway Winged
November 2 Perris Auto Speedway Winged
November 3 Perris Auto Speedway Winged

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