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2023 CLS SCHEDULE

2023 CLS Membership Application Form (pdf format)

2022 CLS AWARDS BANQUET INFORMATION

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, January 16, 2023)
CLS Awards banquet is less than 3 weeks away, get those checks in now!...(more).

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, January 4, 2023)
Happy New Year to all! We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and are starting to prepare for the coming 2023 race season....(more)


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CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS SERIES RELEASES 21 RACE SCHEDULE FOR 2023
(Torrance, CA, December 24, 2022) California Lightning Sprint Car Series President Jon Robertson has released a 21-race schedule for the club’s 29th season of racing. The campaign will commence with a pair of races at the Imperial Valley Raceway on March 10th & 11th and will conclude with the annual “Hangtown 100” at the Placerville Speedway on November 16th, 17th, and 18th....(more).

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, December 22, 2022)
Best of the West Series....(more)

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, December 20, 2022)
Lotsa big news on this! First visit to Ocean Speedway with BCRA for the Civil War series, Best of the West series and points fund with SWLS, Numerous shows with USAC/CRA, USAC 360 and with USAC midgets all on Flo. etc..... All races are Winged events with the exception of the October 7th Albright Memorial and Hangtown at Placerville in November...(more)

BEHIND THE WHEEL PODCAST: Episode 1- David Gasper / Chris Crowder

RacingJunk.com Joins Forces With The California Lightning Sprint Series
DECEMBER 15, 2022.... RacingJunk.com, the flagship website of Internet Brands Automotive, is excited to announce its partnership with The California Lightning Sprints series. The two properties have joined forces for a multi-year media share collaboration where RacingJunk will serve as the Official Marketplace of The California Lightning Sprints......(more)

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, December 1, 2022) 2022 Awards Banquet Information

GRANT SEXTON RIM RIDES TO THRILLING MAIN EVENT WIN IN HANGTOWN 100 FINALE AT PLACERVILLE
(Torrance, CA, November 25, 2022)
Teenage racer Grant Sexton closed the California Lightning Sprint Car Series 2022 season the same way he began it eight months earlier when he rim-rode his way to a thrilling victory in the finale of the “Hangtown 100” at the Placerville Speedway. The win in the race that was co-sanctioned by Northern California’s BCRA, gave Sexton Gatlin Racing a clean sweep of the event as Sexton’s teammate, AJ Bender, captured the first two nights......(more)

NOVEMBER 19 PLACERVILLE HANGTOWN 100 RACE RESULTS

CLS DRIVER AJ BENDER MAKES IT TWO WINS IN A ROW AT PLACERVILLE’S HANGTOWN 100
(Torrance, CA, November 22, 2022) In November 2021, San Diego’s AJ Bender came to the “Hangtown 100” and finished second all three nights. Not wanting to face that frustration again this year, Bender scored a convincing win in night #2 of the prestigious lightning sprint car race at the Placerville Speedway last Friday. It was his second victory at the track in 24 hours, and his third on the banked red clay quarter mile in 2022. Overall, it was his fifth lightning sprint car win of the year......(more)

NOVEMBER 18 PLACERVILLE HANGTOWN 100 RACE RESULTS

CLS DRIVER AJ BENDER SCORES WIN IN LIGHTNING SPRINT HANGTOWN 100 OPENER
(Torrance, CA, November 18, 2022) One year ago this week, AJ Bender journeyed to the Placerville Speedway to take part in the lightning sprint portion of the three-night Hangtown 100. The San Diego, California-based star proceeded to finish second in all three main events at the open-wheel classic. Last night he kicked off this year’s Hangtown with a win in the 25-lap main event......(more)

NOVEMBER 17 PLACERVILLE HANGTOWN 100 RACE RESULTS

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, November 16, 2022)
Howdy folks, First thing, I want to thank everyone for stopping by or connecting in one way or other last night after I stepped on my male appendage and turned my car into a Maytag appliance on the spin cycle in turn one of the first lap of the main. I’m fine, the car not so much, if you can put a wrench on it I broke it 😊This will make my Christmas list rather lengthy but the important part is all the well wishes and check-ins I received from everyone. We are truly a racing family......(more)

FINAL 2022 CLS POINT STANDINGS
1. 18 David Gasper 2160, 2. 8g Eric Greco 2089, 3. 45 Cody Nigh 1913, 4. 21k Bobby Michnowicz 1851, 5. 4 Jeff Dyer 1777, 6. 57 Connor Speir 1548, 7. 8 Will Browne 1523, 8. 42 Jon Robertson 1246, 9. 3 Pat Kelley 1162, 10. 37 Dominic Del Monte 784, 11. 41b A J Bender 672, 12. 22s Gage Cheek 666, 13. 4x Seth Dyer 661, 14. 17 Harlee Aguilera 551, 15. 97 Leland Day 538...
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NOVEMBER 15 BAKERSFIELD RACE RESULTS

CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES POINT BATTLES TO BE SETTLED AT BAKERSFIELD - PLACERVILLE TO FOLLOW
(Torrance, CA, November 10, 2022) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will wrap up its 28th season of racing with four races next week. The first race will be the “6th Annual Western States Lightning Sprints Championship” at Scott Schweitzer’s Bakersfield Speedway on Tuesday, November 15th. That race will be the final points race for the CLS in 2022. It will also be the final of the annual “Civil War Series” featuring the CLS versus Northern California’s Bay Cities Racing Association. After that, the club will journey north for the last three races of the year at the annual “Hangtown 100” at the Placerville Speedway on November 17th, 18th, and 19th......(more)

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, November 7, 2022) Howdy racers…. One week from tomorrow is the 6th annual Western States Lightning Sprints Championship race. Who's in for committing lap money (and anything else) for the WSLSC on 11/15?.....(more)

BOBBY MICHNOWICZ GOES WIRE TO WIRE IN CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES MAIN AT VENTURA
(Torrance, CA, November 6, 2022) When you chain an old dog to the front porch, he is going to bark. That is exactly what happened when five-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz started on the outside of the front row when the CLS visited Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway on October 29th. The veteran driver roared away from the pack and led every inch of the way for his fourth win of 2022.....(more)

YOUTUBE VIDEO: CLS at Ventura Raceway 10-29-22

CLS POINT STANDINGS (AFTER OCTOBER 29 AT VENTURA)
1. 18 David Gasper 2045, 2. 8g Eric Greco 1968, 3. 45 Cody Nigh 1812, 4. 21k Bobby Michnowicz 1716, 5. 4 Jeff Dyer 1716, 6. 57 Connor Speir 1456, 7. 8 Will Browne 1417, 8. 42 Jon Robertson 1193, 9. 3 Pat Kelley 1111, 10. 37 Dominic Del Monte 784, 11. 22s Gage Cheek 666, 12. 41b A J Bender 609, 13. 4x Seth Dyer 587, 14. 39 Mark Henry 528, 15. 21x Jarrett Kramer 490...(more)

OCTOBER 29 VENTURA RACE RESULTS

CLS MEMBER COMMUNICATION
(Torrance, CA, October 25, 2022) HANGTOWN CLS/BCRA Format, Thursday and Friday Format
Points will be earned each night and accumulate to determine lineups for Saturday.......
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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, 2019 Jarrett Kramer, 2020 No Award, 2021 David Gasper, 2022 David Gasper

 
 
 

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