CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS
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Torrance, CA 90502
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569
For Immediate Release
HILLBERG CLOSES IN ON GRIGOREAS IN CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR POINTS CHASE!
(Torrance, CA, May 9, 2016) Corona, California’s Darren Hillberg hopes to keep closing the gap on point leader Alex Grigoreas when the California Lightning Sprint Car Series makes its second 2016 appearance at Jim Naylor’s picturesque Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, May 14th. In addition to the CLS, the VRA Sprint Cars & Dwarf Cars and the IMCA Modifieds will also be in action. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and racing will begin at 5:30.
Heading into the race two weeks ago at Bakersfield, Hillberg trailed Grigoreas by 59-points in the championship standings. However, Upland’s Grigoreas, who had won three of the first four races of the year, blew up late in the race while challenging eventual winner Charlie Caraccilo of Madera for the lead. Parlayed with his sixth place finish and Grigoreas’ 14th, Hillberg has closed the gap to only 24-points going into the race at the track that is located adjacent to the Pacific Ocean.
Through the first five races of the season Hillberg’s worst finish was a seventh. In addition to that he has two sixth place finishes, a third and he finished second to Grigoreas when the CLS last visited Ventura on April 2nd.
San Bernardino’s James Heling, who led the standings earlier in the year, is currently third in the title chase with Chino’s Pat Kelley and Dal Gamer of Anaheim rounding out the top five.
After Saturday’s race at the “Commotion by the Ocean,” the CLS will make its first of two 2016 appearances at Perris Auto Speedway at the annual “Salute to Indy” on May 28th.
California Lightning Sprint Car Series Points
1. Alex Grigoreas – -Upland - 590
2. Darren Hillberg – Corona - 566
3. James Heling – San Bernardino - 535
4. Pat Kelly – Chino - 521
5. Dale Gamer - Anaheim - 490
6. Jeff Dyer – Victorville – 450
7. Jon Robertson - Torrance - 449
8. Zach Zauss – Murrieta – 436
9. Wyatt Downing - Lakewood – 403
10. Bobby Michnowicz - 362
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2016 season possible: Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, DK Fabrication, Extreme Muffler, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Lucas Oil, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rosson Racing, Saldana Race Products, Sander Engineering, Speedmart, Speed Partz, Surf N’ Sprint, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless, Woodland Auto Display.
If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the 2016 season, please call Bobby Michnowicz at: (310) 320-5569.
To keep up with the CLS on line, please visit the web site at: http://www.calightningsprints.com/index.html
2016 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule
March 5: Imperial Valley Raceway - El Centro, CA – Alex Grigoreas
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA – Bobby Michnowicz
April 2: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA – Alex Grigoreas
April 16: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA – Alex Grigoreas
April 30: Bakersfield Raceway - Bakersfield, CA – Charlie Cariccilo
May 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute To Indy)
June 11: Bakersfield Raceway - Bakersfield, CA (BoD & General Membership Meeting)
July 2: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Firecracker)
July 9: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
August 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Ventura County Fair)
August 20: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
September 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (BoD & General Membership Meeting)
September 17: Bakersfield Raceway - Bakersfield, CA
October 1: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
October 15: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
November 13: **General Membership Meeting / 2017 Rules Meeting
November 19: **Imperial Valley Raceway - El Centro, CA
This schedule is subject to change.
Civil War Dates TBD
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
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