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(Torrance, CA, November 12, 2019) The USAC California Lightning Sprint Car Series will close it’s 25th Anniversary campaign this Saturday night, November 17th, with the running of the “2nd Annual Western States Lightning Sprint Car Championship” at the Bakersfield Speedway. Saturday’s main event will pay $1,000.00 to win and $150.00 to start. The CLS will be joined by the USAC National and Western Midgets and Mini Stocks. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 P.M. and racing will begin at 6:00.

The fight for the overall CLS championship ended at the Ventura Raceway on October 27th when Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley sewed up his second CLS crown. In addition, Kramer also won the USAC Lightning Sprint National Championship. Camarillo’s Cody Nigh has a firm grip on the second spot in the CLS standings, but there are other battles in the top-10 that will be decided at Bakersfield.

Bobby Michnowicz, the five-time CLS champion from Lomita, won the Ventura main event and took over third in the championship standings. However, he is only six points ahead of two-time series champion Brent Sexton of Lakeside. Behind them, Gardena’s Dominic Del Monte seems destined to finish fifth.

The tightest battle in the top-10 is for sixth and it involves a couple of teenage drivers. Palmdale’s Eric Greco currently holds the spot, but he is a mere two-markers ahead of Lakewood’s Aiden Lange. The other position in the top-10 that could still change hands is eighth. Pat Kelley of Chino is only 13-points ahead of 14-year-old Grant Sexton of Lakeside. Sexton has already sewed up the CLS “Rookie of the Year” award.

After the season opener was rained out at Bakersfield on March 17th, the CLS has made three appearances at the 1/3 of a mile banked clay oval. Lange won the first one on April 21st. Bruce Douglass of Ventura, who was 66-years-old at the time, showed everyone the fast way around the track when he posted the victory on June 16th. San Diego’s A.J. Bender, a regular in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, won the last race at the Kern County oval on September 8th.

In addition to the regulars from the CLS, a contingent of cars will be coming from Northern California and Jesse Fernandez will be heading west from Colorado to compete this week.

Fans wishing to attend Saturday’s race can find the Bakersfield Speedway at 5001 N. Chester Ext. in Bakersfield (93308). The track phone number is (661) 393-3373 and the website is available at

2018 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Point Standings
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 2115
2. Cody Nigh - Camarillo – 1863
3. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA – 1748
4. Brent Sexton - Lakeside, CA – 1742
5. Dominic Del Monte - Gardena, CA – 1680
6. Eric Greco – Palmdale, CA – 1589
7. Aiden Lange – Lakewood, CA. – 1587
8. Pat Kelley - Chino, CA – 1348
9. Grant Sexton - Lakeside, CA – 1335
10. Dale Gamer - Anaheim, CA – 1135

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 – Dominic Del Monte
October 27 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Bobby Michnowicz
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: All Coast Construction, 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


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