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(Torrance, CA, August 22, 2022)
The Southern California-based California Lightning Sprint Car Series will journey north to lock horns with the BCRA in rounds two and three of the annual Civil War Series this Friday and Saturday, August 26th and 27th. Friday’s action will take place at the Kyle Larson/Brad Sweet/Colby Copeland promoted Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Twenty-four hours later the two series will battle it out on the famous red clay of the Placerville Speedway.

The first round of the annual Civil War Series took place on April 2nd at the Merced Speedway. In that one, defending CLS and Civil War Series champion David Gasper of Santa Barbara won the main event. The personable teen, who has won six of the first 11 CLS point-paying races in 2022, commandeered the lead from BCRA star Dakota Albright on lap 10 and went on for his first win of the year. Albright hung onto second with CLS regulars Eric Greco of Palmdale and Glendora teen Will Browne placing third and fourth. BCRA driver Harlee Aguilera of Orangevale ended up fifth.

This weekend’s races will pay Civil War points and CLS regular season points as well. Gasper sits on top of the heap in both. In the Civil War Series, he comes into the night with a 16-point gap between himself and Albright and Greco, who are tied for second. Browne, who is leading the CLS Rookie of the Year chase, is fourth with Aguilera fifth.

Going into the shows on the CLS side, Gasper’s lead has grown to 39-points over Yucca Valley’s Jeff Dyer in the season-long championship chase. Dyer is being pressured by Greco, who is just two points behind the California Highway Patrol officer. Camarillo’s Cody Nigh is fourth. Five-time CLS series champion and legend Bobby Michnowicz rounds out the top five.

After this weekend’s races, the CLS will be off until September 10th at Lemoore. Two weeks later it will wrap up the 2022 Civil War Series at the Bakersfield Speedway on September 24th.

In addition to the Lightning Sprints, 360 Winged Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and B Modifieds will all be in action in Chico. It will also be the track’s annual Kids Bike Night. Kids will race within their age group for prizes on the racetrack. In addition, several brand-new bicycles donated by sponsors will be given away.

For fans who wish to attend the race at Chico, spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with racing at six. Tickets are $10 each for everyone 12 years of age and older. Everyone who is 11 years old or younger, will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Advance tickets are available at the following link https://www.eventsprout.com/.../back-to-school-kids-bike.... Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair St, in Chico (95928). For more information check out the track website at https://www.silverdollarspeedway.com/ or call the office at 530-332-8881.

Joining the lightning sprints on Legend’s Night Saturday at Placerville will be 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, and the Vintage Hard Tops. Adult tickets at Placerville are $18.00. Juniors aged 12-17, seniors 62 and over, and military get in for $16.00. Kids 6-11 are $8.00 and children 5 and under are free. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 p.m. with racing at 6:00. Advance tickets are available at the following link https://www.eventsprout.com/event/points-race-16.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California (95667). For more information please visit the track website at https://www.placervillespeedway.com/ or call the office phone at (530) 344-7592.

California Lightning Sprint Car Series Point Standings
1. David Gasper, Santa Barbara, CA, 1313
2. Jeff Dyer, Yucca Valley, CA, 1274
3. Eric Greco, Palmdale, CA, 1272
4. Cody Nigh, Camarillo, CA, 1195
5. Bobby Michnowicz, Oak Hills, CA, 984
6. Will Browne, Glendora, CA, 894
7. Connor Speir, Fillmore, CA, 854
8. Pat Kelley, Chino, CA, 847
9. Jon Robertson, Torrance, CA, 739
10. Dominic Del Monte, Gardena, CA, 656

CLS vs BCRA “Civil War Series” Points
1. David Gasper – CLS - 142
2. Dakota Albright – BCRA – 126
2. Eric Greco – CLS – 126
4. Will Browne – CLA 116
5. Harlee Aguilera – BCRA – 109
6. Cody Nigh – CLS – 104
7. Greg Dennett – BCRA – 100
8. Hunter Kinney – BCRA – 92
9. Matt Land – BCRA – 89
10. Tim Kinser - 83

The following companies have become marketing partners with the CLS in 2022. They have offered up more than $13,000.00 in contingencies that will be awarded on top of the regular racing purses and they will be paid out throughout the year. Yoshimura R&D, Hoosier Tires West, T-Shirts By Timeless, Extreme Mufflers, Saldana Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Speed Mart, Cold Fire West, West Evens Motorsports, RC Fuel Injection, Jake Swanson Shock Technology, Advanced Racing Suspensions, CSI Shocks, Eibach Springs, Triple X Race Components, King Racing Products, Hyper Racing Products, Rebel Gears, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disk Brakes, Fuel Safe Systems, MPI, Circle Track Performance, E-Z UP, Hepfner Racing, Smith Titanium, and Hoosier Speed.

If you or your company would like to become a partner of the longtime racing organization, contact Jon Robertson via email at mailto:jon.robertson@sbcglobal.net or by calling (310) 367-9050.

2022 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

March 25 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – Grant Sexton

April 2 Merced Speedway Non-Wing –– Civil War #1 – David Gasper

April 16 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – A.J. Bender

April 30 Ventura Raceway Winged (Make Up Main) David Gasper

April 30 Ventura Raceway Winged – Bobby Michnowicz

May 14 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – A.J. Bender

May 21 Ventura Raceway Winged – Eric Greco

June 11 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – David Gasper

June 25 Ventura Raceway Winged – David Gasper

July 9 Ventura Raceway Winged – David Gasper

July 23 Ventura Raceway Winged – Dave Gasper

August 6 *Santa Maria Raceway Winged – Brent Sexton

August 26 Silver Dollar Speedway Winged – Civil War #2

August 27 Placerville Speedway Winged – Civil War #3

September 10 Lemoore Raceway Winged

September 24 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – Civil War #4

October 8 Mohave Valley Raceway Winged – With SWLS

October 29 Ventura Raceway Winged

November 15 Bakersfield Speedway Winged – With USAC Midgets - Civil War #5

November 17 Placerville Speedway Non-Wing – With USAC Midgets - No Points

November 18 Placerville Speedway Non-Wing – With USAC Midgets - No Points

November 19 Placerville Speedway Non-Wing – With USAC Midgets - No Points

*Non Points Race

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at http://racecls.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/californialightningsprints


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, 2019 Jarrett Kramer, 2021 David Gasper

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