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CALIFORNIA LIGHTHNING SPRINT CARS START SECOND HALF OF SEASON AT SANTA MARIA!
(Torrance, CA, July 22, 2019) The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series will kick off the second half of its 2019 season this Saturday night, July 27th, with its only appearance of the year at the Santa Maria Raceway. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 P.M. with qualifying at 5:00 and racing at 5:30.


(The attached photo of Doug Nunes, Shane Sexton and Frank Ditmar is courtesy of Pit Princess Photography)

Through the first half of the season, Spring Valley’s Jarrett Kramer, the 2010 and 2018 CLS champion, leads the series with four wins. All four of his victories have come at the Ventura Raceway. Doug Nunes of Kingsburg has three wins and five-time series champ Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita has taken the checkered flag first on two occasions. They are the only drivers with CLS triumphs in the first nine races of the year.

Like leading the series in wins, Kramer also tops the championship point standings heading into the final eight races of the current campaign. The 37-year-old has a 42-point advantage over Nunes. Michnowicz is third and trails Kramer by 102-points. Palmdale teen Eric Greco is fourth in the standings with third-year CLS driver Cody Nigh close behind in fifth.

Last year, Nunes won the CLS lone appearance on the 1/3 of a mile Santa Maria banked clay oval. Dating back to 2011, the club has visited the track nine times and only two drivers, Nunes, with three wins, and Alex Grigoreas, with two, have more than one victory there. Chris Dickey, Charlie Caraccilo, Kevin Michnowicz and Tim Brown have one triumph each.

In the Rookie of the Year chase, Jason Arnolde leads fellow San Diego County resident Shane Sexton by 93-points at the halfway point.

In addition to the CLS, the NARC King of the West Sprint Cars, WRS Wing Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars will also be in action at Santa Maria on Saturday.

Fans who would like to attend Saturday’s race can find the track at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo (93444). The track website is available at the following link https://santamariaraceway.com/contact/. The office phone is (310) 493-4900.

The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2019 season possible: Lucas Oil, All Coast Construction, Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless and Woodland Auto Display.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 26th season in 2019, please call Bobby Michnowicz at (310) 320-5569.

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at http://racecls.com/

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2019 POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Cars Series Point Standings
1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA - 1113
2. Doug Nunes - Kingsburg, CA - 1071
3. Bobby Michnowicz - Lomita, CA - 1011
4. Eric Greco - Palmdale, CA - 951
5. Cody Nigh – Camarillo, CA - 936
6. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA - 855
6. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA - 839
8. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 837
9. Dominic Del Monte - Gardena, CA - 828
10. Gage Cheek – Santa Clarita, CA – 654

2019 POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series
March 16 Bakersfield Speedway – Doug Nunes

March 23 Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

April 6 Barona Speedway – Doug Nunes

April 20 Bakersfield Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz

May 4 Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

May 18 Barona Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz

June 1 Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

June 15 Bakersfield Speedway – Doug Nunes

July 6 Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer

July 27 Santa Maria Raceway

August 10 Barona Speedway

August 24 Ventura Raceway

September 7 Ventura Raceway

September 21 Bakersfield Speedway

October 5 Ventura Raceway

October 26 Ventura Raceway

November 17 Bakersfield Speedway

PAST 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

This press release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768 mailto:sdaloisiosports@aol.com