CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS
22126 South Vermont, Unit A
Torrance, CA 90502
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569
For Immediate Release
CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY SALUTE TO INDY!
(Torrance, CA, May 25, 2016) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will return to its former home track, Perris Auto Speedway, this Saturday night, May 28th for the “Salute to Indy.” Joining the CLS will be the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series and The PAS Young Gun & Senior Sprints. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will see the green flag at 7:00.
The biggest track the CLS competes on, Saturday’s race will be one of only two for it at the longtime Riverside County clay oval during the 2016 season. Over the past three years the series has contested 20 races at The PAS. Three-time series champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita has won nine of the 20. Placentia’s Dan Hillberg and Michnowicz’ son Kevin have three wins in the same amount of time. The only other driver with more than one win since 2013 is Spring Valley’s Jarrett Kramer and he has two. Jeff Dyer of Victorville, Doug Nunes of Kingsburg and Cori Andrews of Murrieta each have one win at The PAS going back to 2013.
Heading into Saturday’s show, Darren Hillberg is the new CLS point leader having taken the top spot from three-time 2016 winner Alex Grigoreas of Upland. Chino’s Pat Kelley, who won his first ever CLS main event at the Ventura Raceway two weeks ago, is third in points. James Heling of San Bernardino and Victorville’s Jeff Dyer are fourth and fifth.
In addition to Grigoreas and Kelly, Bobby Michnowicz and Charlie Cariccilo of Madera have CLS wins in 2016.
After Saturday’s “Salute to Indy” the CLS takes one week off before heading to the Bakersfield Speedway for the third of four races on the Kern County oval in 2016. It will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the final time this year on July 2nd.
California Lightning Sprint Car Series Points
1. Darren Hillberg – Corona - 692
2. Alex Grigoreas – Upland - 687
3. Pat Kelly – Chino - 652
4. James Heling – San Bernardino - 627
5. Jeff Dyer – Victorville - 574
6. Dale Gamer – Anaheim – 562
7. Jon Robertson - Torrance - 540
8. Wyatt Downing - Lakewood – 488
9. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita – 478
10. Bruce Douglass – Ventura - 471
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 – Pat Kelley
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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