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December 19, 2017 at 12:28:27 PM
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Torrance, CA 90502

(310) 320-5569

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bobby Michnowicz (310) 320-5569

For Immediate Release


(Torrance, CA, December 18, 2017) The California Lightning Sprint Car Series has released the schedule for its historic 25th Anniversary Season in 2018. 

The schedule features 17 races and it begins at the Bakersfield Speedway on March 17th and closes at the same track eight months later.  In total, there will be five races at Bakersfield.  Ventura Raceway, the home track of the CLS, will host seven races.  Perris Auto Speedway and Northern California’s Placerville Speedway will host two races each.  The lone track with one race is the Santa Maria Raceway. 

Special events on the schedule include three races at Bakersfield.  The aforementioned season opener at the Kern County oval in March, the June 16th “Civil War” series opener on June 16th and the season finale in November when the CLS shares the bill with the USAC National and Western Midget Series.’  The races at Perris Auto Speedway will be at the “Salute to Indy” on May 26th and “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” on August 18th.  The annual Ventura County Fair race will be on August 1st.  The “Civil War” series will conclude with races on back to back nights at Placerville on September 21st and 22nd.

For the second year in a row, the CLS will be part of the USAC National Lightning Sprint Car Series. As well as earning CLS points, drivers will also be earning points in the USAC National Series that pits them against lightning sprint drivers in other regions of the country.  In 2017, three CLS drivers – Bobby Michnowicz (3rd), Jarrett Kramer (4th) and Aiden Lange (7th) – placed in the top 10 in USAC National points.

March 17 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

March 24 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

April 14 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

April 21 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

May 5 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

May 26 – Perris Auto Speedway – USAC National – Salute to Indy

June 16 – Bakersfield Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA

July 7 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

July 21 – Santa Maria Raceway – Civil War vs BCRA

August 1 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National – Ventura County Fair

August 18 – Perris Auto Speedway – USAC National – California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night

September 8 – Bakersfield Speedway – USAC National

September 21 – Placerville Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA

September 22 – Placerville Speedway – Civil War vs BCRA

October 6 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

October 27 – Ventura Raceway – USAC National

November 17- Bakersfield Speedway USAC National with USAC National and Western Midgets

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 its historic 25th season in 2018, please call Bobby Michnowicz at: (310) 320-5569.

To keep up with the CLS online, please visit the website at:



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

2017 Bobby Michnowicz

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

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