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March 16, 2017 at 06:24:43 PM
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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569

For Immediate Release


(Torrance, CA, March 16, 2017) The California Light Sprint Car Series began its 24th season with a couple of big-name drivers – Jarrett Kramer and Bobby Michnowicz – posting $1,000.00 wins at the season-opening races during the California Mid-Winter Fair at the Imperial Raceway last Saturday and Sunday.

Kramer, who has been an infrequent competitor in the series since winning the championship in 2010, bested the field on Saturday with Michnowicz, who is the four-time and defending series champion, notching his initial win of the 2017 campaign on Sunday. 

Kramer, 34, was looking for his first CLS win since the season-ending race on the same Imperial Raceway track in 2015.  By virtue of his fourth-place finish in the dash for the fastest eight drivers who qualified through their heat races, Kramer started fourth in the 25-lap main event.  Dash winner Dan Hillberg of Placentia, 2016 CLS Rookie of the Year Cody Nigh of Camarillo and Michnowicz were starting in front of him. 

Keeping it pegged on the outside at the drop of the green flag, Kramer, in his Melicious Liquids/Anarchist Mfg./Vapor Threats/Black Rhino Performance/BK Wings/Mars Customs/Showtime Motorsports/FJR/Christian Stover Foundation/Henchcraft/2008 Suzuki GSXR 1000, flew into second as the field came off turn two on the opening circuit and settled in behind Hillberg who led the first main event lap of 2017.  It did not take long for the first yellow of the year to fly and that played right into Kramer’s hands.  Hillberg had built up a small lead when the yellow flew, but once the green light came back on, Kramer, who calls Spring Valley home, used the same line as the opening lap and blasted around Hillberg for the lead as they came off turn two. 

Once past Hillberg on the restart, Kramer led every inch of the way.  His biggest challenge was lapped traffic and yellow flags and they almost cost him the race.  Michnowicz had been stalking the leader and found an opening on the inside and pounced on the opportunity in lapped traffic on lap 14.  A lapped car just in front of the lead duo slipped off the inside line and drifted in front of Kramer, who had nowhere to go.  Kramer tapped the lapper sending him sideways in front of Michnowicz.  Michnowicz’ right rear came in contact with the left front of the lapped car and the four-time champ got upside down.  The flip brought out the races only red flag.  Fortunately, Michnowicz was not injured, but his car was and it ended his night with a disappointing 15th-place finish.

After the red flag for Michnowicz, the race went green the rest of the way and Kramer had a comfortable 3.621 advantage at the checkered flag.  Hillberg, who posted the fastest lap in the main event at 12.962, finished second followed by Nigh in third. Victorville’s Jeff Dyer, who graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy the previous week, and two-time series champion Brent Sexton of Lakeside, who was contesting his first race in eight years, rounded out the top five. 

Sunday’s show started in the middle of the afternoon and the temperatures for the show were substantially warmer.  Kramer won the dash on Sunday and would start on the pole for the second 25-lapper in less than 24 hours.  For many in attendance, the smart odds for the win and a sweep of the main events on the weekend were focused on Kramer. However, he had Michnowicz starting next to him on the front row.

When the green flag flew to begin the 25-lap affair, Michnowicz, who lives in Lomita and who thrashed to get his car ready after the previous night’s flip, got the jump on Kramer.  The 53-year-old veteran was determined to make up for the night before and he did just that leading every single lap to secure his initial win of 2017 in the #21K T Shirts by Timeless/Pflum Wagner Racing/Fuel Safe Racing Cells/Cold Fire West/Fabozzi Metal Works/Outlaw Wings/Kaiser Wheels/Circle Track Performance/Super Shox/DLX/Kawasaki ZX10.  Kramer did anything but let Michnowicz rest and he stayed close all the way finishing just .574 behind the #21K.  Dyer improved his Saturday finish by one spot taking third with Sexton and Nigh rounding out the top five.  Michnowicz turned the quickest lap in the main event when he toured the oval at 14.358.

Michnowicz out qualified the field both days.  On Saturday, he timed in at 12.167 to best Sexton at 12.213 and Kramer who stopped the clocks with a 12.306.  Under the blazing sun on Sunday, Michnowicz quick time was over a half-second slower at 12.806.  Sexton was again second fast with a 12.926 and Nigh was third at 12.931. 

Murrieta’s Chris Dickey, Nigh and Sexton won the three heats on Saturday with Michnowicz, Dyer and Kramer doing likewise on Sunday.  Saturday also featured a 12-lap B Main that was taken by “Rockstar” Jon Robertson of Torrance.  Unfortunately, Robertson suffered a broken knee cap when he was unloading the car when he got home and may be forced to miss the next race at Bakersfield.

Rookie driver Ken Coulston of Bermuda Dunes was the “Hard Charger” for both shows.  On Saturday, he picked up eight spots to finish eighth after starting 16th.  Under Sunday’s daytime racing conditions, he started 18th again and picked up four sports to finish 14th. 

After the first two of 18 races in 2017, Kramer has a 20-point lead over Nigh in the championship standings.  Sexton is only one-point behind Nigh in third.  Dyer is two-points behind Sexton.  Michnowicz, who is 65-points behind Kramer, rounds out the top five. 

Coulston leaves Imperial as the leading rookie with 165-points.  Gardena’s Dominic Del Monte and Robb Pelmear are tied for second with 129-points each.

The CLS gets this Saturday night off before heading to the Bakersfield Speedway for the first of four 2017 appearances on March 25th.  That race will be round #1 of the popular “Civil War Series” that matches the CLS against Northern California’s BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Association).   

The California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2017 season possible: Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, DK Fabrication, Extreme Muffler, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Race Products, Sander Engineering, Speedmart, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless, Woodland Auto Display.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for the 2017 season, please call Bobby Michnowicz at: (310) 320-5569.

To keep up with the CLS on line, please visit the web site at:

Saturday’s El Centro Results (with starting positions)

1. Jarrett Kramer – 4th - Spring Valley

2. Dan Hillberg – 1st – Placentia

3. Cody Nigh – 2nd – Camarillo

4. Jeff Dyer – 6th – Victorville

5. Brent Sexton – 7th – Lakeside

6. Aiden Lange – 11th – Lakewood

7. Wyatt Downing – 9th – Lakewood

8. Ken Coulston -16th – Bermuda Dunes

9. Eric Greco – 8th – Palmdale

10. John Robertson – 13th – Torrance

12. James Heling – 10th – San Bernardino

13. Dominic Del Monte – 17th – Gardena

14. James Turnbull – 20th – Indio

15. Bobby Michnowicz – 3rd – Lomita

16. Robb Pelmear – 18th – Gardena

17. Mike Kotlinski – 14th – Nuevo

18. Pat Kelley – 15th – Chino

19.  Chris Dickey – 12th – Murrieta

20. Jon Simms – 19th – Carlsbad


Sunday’s El Centro Results (with starting positions)

1. Bobby Michnowicz – 2nd – Lomita

2. Jarrett Kramer – 1st – Spring Valley

3. Jeff Dyer – 4th – Victorville

4. Brent Sexton – 3rd – Lakeside

5. Cody Nigh – 5th – Camarillo

6. Aiden Lange – 7th – Lakewood

7. Jon Squire – 6th – El Cajon

8. Wyatt Downing – 9th – Lakewood

9. Eric Greco – 11th – Palmdale

10. Chris Dickey – 8th – Murrieta

11. Dale Gamer – 14th – Anaheim

12. James Heling – 13th – San Bernardino

13. James Squire III – 10th – Lakeside

14. Ken Coulston – 18th – Bermuda Dunes

15. Robb Pelmear – 16th – Ventura

16. John Nelson – 17th – Norco

17. Jon Simms – 20th – Carlsbad

18. Dominic Del Monte - 19th – Gardena

19. Jon Robertson – 12th – Torrance

20. James Turnbull – 15th – Indio


California Lightning Sprints Championship Point Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley – 271

2. Cody Nigh – Camarillo – 251

3. Brent Sexton – Lakeside – 250

4. Jeff Dyer – Victorville – 248

5. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita -226

6. Aiden Lange – Lakewood – 222

7. Wyatt Downing – 203 – Lakewood

8. Eric Greco – 183 – Palmdale

9. Ken Coulston – 165 – Bermuda Dunes

10. James Heling – 164 – San Bernardino


2017 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule

March 11: Imperial Valley Raceway – California Midwinter Fair – Jarrett Kramer

March 12: Imperial Valley Raceway – California Midwinter Fair – Bobby Michnowicz

March 25: Bakersfield Speedway – Civil War with BCRA

April 8: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

April 22: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

May 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Civil War w/BCRA

May 6: Placerville Speedway – Civil War w/BCRA

May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Salute to Indy - USAC National

June 3: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

June 17: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

June 24: Santa Maria Raceway – USAC National

July 8: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

August 2: Ventura Raceway – Fair Race - USAC National

August 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Hall of Fame Race– USAC National

September 2: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

September 23: Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

October 7: Ventura Raceway – Civil War w/BCRA

October 28: Ventura Raceway – USAC National

This schedule is subject to change. 


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

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

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