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March 15, 2016 at 03:07:27 PM
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569

For Immediate Release 


(Torrance, CA, March 15, 2016) Round #2 of the 2016 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Championship schedule is this Saturday night, March 19th, at “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile Banked Clay Oval,” the Bakersfield Speedway.  Joining the CLS will be the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, Sportmods and American Stocks.  Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and the first race will get the green flag at 6:00. 

Alex Grigoreas, who won the season opening CLS main event two weeks ago in El Centro, comes into Saturday’s race with a 14-point lead in the standings over third year CLS racer James Heling of San Bernardino.  That victory was the Upland veteran’s second in CLS competition.  Corona’s Darren Hillberg sits third in the championship standings with Anaheim’s Dale Gamer and 2015 CLS Rookie of the Year, Pat Kelley of Chino, rounding out the top five. 

Over the past three seasons, the CLS has made 12 appearances at the Kern County oval.  Three time champion Bobby Michnowicz of Lomita has won seven of the 12.  Kingsburg’s Doug Nunes, with two wins, is the only other driver in the three seasons who has more than one victory.  The other three wins went to Victorville’s Jeff Dyer, Dan Hillberg of Placentia and Waterford’s Dakota Albright. 

Saturday’s race will be the first of four trips for the CLS to Bakersfield Speedway in 2016.  The other three races will be on April 30th, June 11th and September 17th.  

California Lightning Sprint Car Series Points

1. Alex Grigoreas – Upland – 144

2. Darren Hillberg – Corona – 130

3. James Heling – San Bernardino – 128

4. Dale Gamer – Anaheim – 115

5. Pat Kelley – Chino - 114

6. Mike Kotlinski – Romoland – 105

7. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita - 101

8. Jon Robertson – Torrance – 100

9. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 98

10. Jon Squire – El Cajon - 91 

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: 

2016 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

March 5: Imperial Valley Raceway - El Centro, CA – Alex Grigoreas 
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA 
April 2: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA 
April 16: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA 
April 30: Bakersfield Raceway - Bakersfield, CA 
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 
**=Proposed Date.
This schedule is subject to change. 
Civil War Dates TBD


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This press release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768

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