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The California Lightning Sprints (CLS) are a Southern California based 1200cc Mini-Sprint club. The group competes in both winged and non-winged events in California. Reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, the cars of the CLS may be small in size, but they are big on excitement!!! 

     

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NOVEMBER 17: USAC National
Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

 

 
 
 
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR SERIES CLOSES SEASON SATURDAY!
(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.....more
   
  MICHNOWICZ WINS MAIN EVENT – KRAMER WINS 2ND CLS TITLE!
(Torrance, CA, October 31) Bobby Michnowicz won the battle when he won the USAC California Lightning Sprint Car Series main event last Saturday night at the Ventura Raceway, but Jarrett Kramer won the war when he sewed up his second ever CLS championship. The Spring Valley based driver first won the title in 2010......more
   
  OCTOBER 27 VENTURA RACEWAY RESULTS
   
  DOMINIC DEL MONTE WINS HIS FIRST CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR MAIN!
(Torrance, CA, October 25) Another one of the California Lightning Sprint Car Series talented teens, Dominic Del Monte, scored his first ever CLS main event win last Saturday night at the Barona Speedway. In posting the victory, Del Monte became the fifth different first time CLS winner in 2018......more
   
  VENTURA'S "NIGHT AFTER TURKEY NIGHT" RACE IS CANCELLED
(Torrance, CA, October 24)
Sorry to announce that the November 23rd Race at Ventura has been CANCELLED.
   
  CLS POINT STANDINGS (prior to October 27 at Ventura)
1. Jarrett Kramer 1980, 2. Cody Nigh 1762, 3. Brent Sexton 1644, 4. Bobby Michnowicz 1613, 5. Dominic Del Monte 1585, 6. Eric Greco 1469, 7. Aiden Lange 1466, 8. Pat Kelley 1302, 9. Grant Sexton 1230, 10. Dale Gamer 1063, 11. Jeff Dyer 1054, 12. Frank Ditmar 922, 13. Dalton Sexton 896, 14. Jon Robertson 794, 15. Kiwi Alexander 724, 16. Bruce Douglass 704, 17. Doug Nunes 677, 18. Robb Pelmear 668, 19. James Turnbull 495, 20. Kyle Dodd 468
   
  OCTOBER 20 BARONA RACEWAY RESULTS
   
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT BARONA ON SATURDAY!
(Torrance, CA, October 15)
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will return to the Barona Speedway for the final time in 2018 this Saturday night, October 20th. Gates will open at noon with racing at 5:00......more  
   
  LANGE RETURNS TO VICTORY CIRCLE AT THE VENTURA RACEWAY!
(Torrance, CA, October 10) Lakewood teenager Aiden Lange returned to the USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series victory circle for the fourth time in 2018 last Saturday night at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. The win was Lange’s first since July and it was also his third at Ventura.....more  
   
  OCTOBER 6 VENTURA RACEWAY RESULTS
   
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS AT VENTURA SATURDAY!
(Torrance, CA, October 2)
The USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series returns to action this Saturday night, October 6th, on its home track, the Ventura Raceway. Joining the CLS on Saturday will be the VRA Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks and the Focus Midgets. Spectator gates at the track that is located adjacent to the beach in Ventura will open at 3:00 P.M. and the first race will be at 5:30....more   
   
  HESPE AND NUNES WIN THE BATTLES BUT NIGH WINS THE WAR!
(Torrance, CA, September 21 & 22)
Seth Hespe and Doug Nunes won the battles last weekend in the final two rounds of the California Lightning Sprint Car vs Bay Cities Racing Association “Civil War Series” at the Placerville Speedway. However, Cody Nigh won the war when he was crowned champion of the mini-series....more   
   
  SEPTEMBER 22 PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY RESULTS
  SEPTEMBER 21 PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY RESULTS
   
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS VS BCRA CIVIL WAR FINALE THIS WEEKEND!
(Torrance, CA, September 16) The California Lightning Sprint Cars/Bay Cities Racing Association annual “Civil War Series” will conclude this weekend with a pair of races at the Placerville Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights. Racing will begin at 6:30 each night.....more   
   
  A.J. BENDER WINS LIGHTNING SPRINT RACE AT BAKERSFIELD!
(Torrance, CA, September 13)
With a night off from his regular racing gig in the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, San Diego, California’s A.J. Bender returned to his roots and survived a hard-fought battle to take home the trophy in the California Lightning Sprint Car main event at the Bakersfield Speedway. In posting the win, the 25-year-old San Diego boat captain became the seventh different winner in the first 12 CLS races this year.....more   
   
  SEPTEMBER 8 BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY RESULTS
   
  MICHNOWICZ WINS CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT RACE AT BARONA!
(Torrance, CA, August 30) Five-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz appears to have awakened from his slumber as he scored his third win in his last four starts last Saturday night at the Barona Speedway. Two of those wins have come in CLS competition (the other was in Northern California with BCRA) and he now leads the series with four wins on the year.....more   
   
  CLS POINT STANDINGS (prior to September 8, Bakersfield)
1 Jarrett Kramer 1387, 2 Cody Nigh 1174, 3 Brent Sexton 1170, 4 Aiden Lange 1106, 5 Dominic Del Monte 1106, 6 Bobby Michnowicz 1047, 7 Eric Greco 1034, 8 Pat Kelley 991, 9 Grant Sexton 880, 10 Jeff Dyer 835, 11 Dale Gamer 798, 12 Dalton Sexton 732, 13 Frank Ditmar 652, 14 Bruce Douglass 599, 15 Jon Robertson 589, 16 Robb Pelmear 515, 17 Kiwi Alexander 412, 18 Doug Nunes 404, 19 James Turnbull 354, 20 Jon Squire 316..more
   
  AUGUST 25 BARONA RACEWAY RESULTS
   
  KRAMER WINS PERRIS CLS MAIN EVENT – BARONA THIS SATURDAY!
(Torrance, CA, August 22)
USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series point leader Jarrett Kramer won his second main event of 2018 last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway and increased his lead to more than 200-points in the championship standings for the first time this season. This Saturday night, August 25th, the series will be racing in Kramer’s San Diego County backyard at the Barona Speedway.....more  
   
  CLS POINT STANDINGS (prior to August 25, Barona)
1 Jarrett Kramer 1267, 2 Brent Sexton 1055, 3 Cody Nigh 1051, 4 Aiden Lange 1042, 5 Dominic Del Monte 998, 6 Pat Kelley 916
7 Bobby Michnowicz 913, 8 Eric Greco 907, 9 Jeff Dyer 835, 10 Grant Sexton 797, 11 Dale Gamer 718, 12 Frank Ditmar 652, 13 Dalton Sexton 649, 14 Bruce Douglass 599, 15 Jon Robertson 519, 16 Robb Pelmear 515, 17 Kiwi Alexander 412, 18 Doug Nunes 404, 19 James Turnbull 354, 20 Michael Tobiason 314...more
   
  AUGUST 18 PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY RESULTS
   
  CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS START SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON SATURDAY AT PERRIS!
(Torrance, CA, August 12) The USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series will begin the second half of its championship season this Saturday night, August 18th, at the “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” at Perris Auto Speedway. The race will be the second and final appearance of the CLS for 2018 on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.....more  
   
  BOBBY MICHNOWICZ WINS CLS RACE AT VENTURA COUNTY FAIR!
(Torrance, CA, August 7)
Five-time California Lightning Sprint Car Series champion Bobby Michnowicz got the monkey off his back when he won the USAC/California Lightning Sprint Car Series main event at the Ventura Raceway on the opening night of the Ventura County Fair. The victory ended a rare, nearly three month long, seven-race winless streak for the 54-year-old racing star......more

 

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