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(Upland, CA, July 22, 2020)
After being delayed by more than four months due to the COVID-19 crisis, the west coast’s longest-running and number one Lightning Sprint Car organization, the California Lightning Sprint Car Series, will open its 27th consecutive season this Saturday night, July 25th, with the “Comeback Classic” at the Bakersfield Speedway. Racing will begin at 6:00 PM. Joining the CLS on the program will be the IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, and American Stocks. Fans will not be allowed in the stands for the race, but they can watch at the following link https://bakersfieldspeedway.tv/.

Due to ongoing health concerns and government regulations, the first seven races on the CLS schedule were canceled. Three of the seven were slated to take place at Bakersfield including the season opener on March 14th. The season was originally slated to hit the halfway mark this Saturday night at the Santa Maria Raceway. When that event was canceled, it opened the door for the touring series to race Saturday at Bakersfield.

While everyone associated with the CLS has been disappointed by all the cancelations, everyone is excited to get back to racing on the Kern County oval on Saturday. And no one is more excited than first-year CLS president Alex Grigoreas who is expecting to see a big field on hand on.

“We are so excited to finally get CLS on track,” Grigoreas said on Tuesday, “It has been way too long for us. Scott Schweitzer gave us the opportunity to join the program on July 25th and of course, we were not going to pass it up. One thing I want everyone to understand is that these racetracks and the people that run them, depend on being able to put on races to survive, and CLS is committed to making sure we do whatever we can to help each of the tracks that support us. It is heartbreaking that there will be no fans in the grandstands because that is so important, not only for the drivers but for the racetracks.”

“We have worked with all of the race tracks that host CLS since the lockdowns started the day before our season opener,” Grigoreas continued. “We have hit roadblock after roadblock, but finally, we get to race and support the Schweitzer family.”

Several CLS supporters have jumped on board to make this long-awaited race possible including series sponsors Hoosier Tires, Circle Track Performance, T Shirts by Timeless and Wicked Performance Products. Special thanks to Scott Schweitzer and Bakersfield Speedway and Mike Schweitzer (19th place finisher), Jeff Dyer, Alex and Gayleen Grigoreas, Jon Robertson, SRK, Dick Hindman, Camie Bell (lap 2 leader), Dave Miller, PJ Benedetti (4th place finisher) and JJ and Lisa Ercse (Fred Ercse Hard Charger award).

“We asked people to help our efforts by sponsoring this event and the response was awesome,” Grigoreas enthused. “We cannot thank those people enough.”

Saturday’s race will be a non-point affair using CLS rules. Teams will be limited to five people in the pits. Cars will accumulate points in qualifying and the heat races. The top six cars in points will redraw for starting positions in the first three rows of the main event or, if time permits, for a dash. If there is a dash, the finishing order would determine the first three rows of the main. If enough cars enter, there will also be a B Main.

Last year the CLS visited Bakersfield five times and veterans Bobby Michnowicz, Doug Nunes, and A.J. Bender took home the winner’s trophies and checks. Five-time CLS champion Michnowicz and Nunes won two main events each. Bender claimed the other.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 27th season in 2020, please call Alex Grigoreas at (909) 437-3170.

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

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