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(Torrance, CA, October 15)
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will return to the Barona Speedway for the final time in 2018 this Saturday night, October 20th. Gates will open at noon with racing at 5:00.

The CLS returned to Barona two times earlier this year after a decade away from the track. The first appearance on May 19th for the Jim Squire Memorial was arguably the best race of 2018 for the club. Camarillo’s Cody Nigh picked up his first-ever CLS win at that event. The CLS returned to the San Diego County clay oval on August 25th and five-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz captured the win on that night.

Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley continues to lead the championship standings heading into the Barona race. The 36-year-old has only posted two wins this year, but he holds a commanding 210-point lead over Nigh. Two-time series champion Brent Sexton of Lakeside stands third in the ranks with Michnowicz fourth and Gardena’s Dominic Del Monte fifth.

Through the first 15 races of the season, Lakewood’s Aiden Lange leads the series with four wins. Michnowicz has three. Point leader Kramer and Kingsburg’s Doug Nunes have two wins apiece. Nigh, Bruce Douglass of Ventura, Washington’s Seth Hespe and San Diego’s A.J. Bender have one win each.

For fans wishing to attend Saturday’s race, the Barona Speedway is located at 1754 Wildcat Road in Lakeside. The office phone number is (619) 749-8115 and the track website is

The CLS teams will have little time to rest after Saturday’s race as they will be at the Ventura Raceway on October 27.

2018 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Point Standings
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA - 1852
2. Cody Nigh - Camarillo – 1642
3. Brent Sexton - Lakeside, CA – 1517
4. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 1494
5. Dominic Del Monte - Gardena, CA – 1447
6. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 1425
7. Eric Greco - Palmdale, CA – 1408
8. Pat Kelley - Chino, CA – 1231
9. Grant Sexton - Lakeside, CA – 1120
10. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA – 1054

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 – Bruce Douglass
July 7 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Aiden Lange
July 21 – Santa Maria Raceway – Civil War vs BCRA – Doug Nunes
August 1 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Ventura County Fair – Bobby Michnowicz
August 18 – Perris Auto Speedway – USAC National – California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night – Jarrett Kramer
August 25 – Barona Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz
September 8 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National – A.J. Bender
September 21 – Placerville Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA – Seth Hespe
September 22 – Placerville Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA – Doug Nunes
October 6 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Aiden Lange
October 20 – Barona Speedway -
October 27 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National
November 17- Bakersfield Speedway USAC National with USAC National and Western Midgets
November 23 – Ventura Raceway -

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