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(Torrance, CA, December 18, 2017) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series has released the schedule for its historic 25th Anniversaray Season in 2018.

The schedule features 17 races and it begins at the Bakersfield Speedway on March 17th and closes at the same track eight months later. In total, there will be five races at Bakersfield. Ventura Raceway, the home track of the CLS, will host seven races. Perris Auto Speedway and Northern California’s Placerville Speedway will host two races each. The lone track with one race is the Santa Maria Raceway.

Special events on the schedule include three races at Bakersfield. The aforementioned season opener at the Kern County oval in March, the June 16th “Civil War” series opener on June 16th and the season finale in November when the CLS shares the bill with the USAC National and Western Midget Series.’ The races at Perris Auto Speedway will be at the “Salute to Indy” on May 26th and “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” on August 18th. The annual Ventura County Fair race will be on August 1st. The “Civil War” series will conclude with races on back to back nights at Placerville on September 21st and 22nd.

For the second year in a row, the CLS will be part of the USAC National Lightning Sprint Car Series. As well as earning CLS points, drivers will also be earning points in the USAC National Series that pits them against lightning sprint drivers in other regions of the country. In 2017, three CLS drivers – Bobby Michnowicz (3rd), Jarrett Kramer (4th) and Aiden Lange (7th) – placed in the top 10 in USAC National points.

March 17 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National
March 24 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National
April 14 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National
April 21 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National
May 5 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National
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.

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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.

This press release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768