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April 30, 2019 at 03:47:30 PM
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22126 South Vermont, Unit A

Torrance, CA 90502

(310) 320-5569

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

For Immediate Release


(Torrance, CA, April 30, 2019) The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series will be headed to the Ventura Raceway this Saturday night, May 4th, for a crowd-pleasing open wheel program that will also include the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, VRA Senior Sprints and the Focus/WMR Midgets.  Spectator gates will open at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday and the first race will take the green flag at 5:30. 

Saturday’s show at the picturesque track that sits just a few hundred feet from the breaking waves of the Pacific Ocean, will be the fifth of 2019 for the CLS.  The first four races have produced three different winners.  Doug Nunes is the only driver with two wins on the year having taken the checkered flag at the season opener at Bakersfield and the April 6th race at Barona.  Current point leader and two-time series champ Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley and 5-time champ Bobby Michnowicz have won the other two main events.  Kramer’s victory came in a thriller at the first race at Ventura on March 23rd when he edged Palmdale teenager Eric Greco to the line in a photo finish.  Michnowicz’s triumph came two weeks ago when he won a grueling battle over Nunes and Kramer at Bakersfield.

Going into Saturday’s race, Kramer has a 26-point lead in the season-long POWRi Lucas Oil CLS standings.  In the first four races of the year, the recently turned 37-year-old has one win, two second-place finishes and one fourth.  Lomita’s Michnowicz currently occupies the runner-up spot and has yet to finish out of the top five this year.  In addition to his win at Bakersfield, he has a couple of fourth-place finishes and one fifth.  Nunes is third and is 28 points behind Michnowicz.  As well as his two wins, he has a second-place finish.  The only blemish on the Kingsburg driver’s record came at Ventura when an early race tangle sent him to the sidelines with a 19th place finish.  Sixteen-year-old Greco and Camarillo’s Cody Nigh round out the top five in the championship standings.  Both have yet to finish out of the top 10 this year.  Greco’s best finish was the previously mentioned second at Ventura.  Nigh’s best effort was one spot behind Greco in the same race. 

Fans who would like to attend Saturday’s race in Ventura can find the track on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard (93001).  The track website is and the office phone number is (805) 648-RACE.

After Saturday, the cars and stars of the CLS get one week off before heading to the Barona Speedway for the second time in 2019 on May 18th.   

The POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make the 2019 season possible: Lucas Oil, All Coast Construction, Christian Stover Foundation, Circle Track Performance, Cold Fire West, Fast Undercar, Hoosier Tire, Keizer Wheels, Outlaw Wings, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Speed Partz, Super Shocks, T Shirts by Timeless and Woodland Auto Display.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series for its 26th season in 2019, please call Bobby Michnowicz at (310) 320-5569.

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


2019 POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Cars Series Point Standings

1. Jarrett Kramer – Spring Valley, CA – 526

2. Bobby Michnowicz – Lomita, CA - 500

3. Doug Nunes - Kingsburg, CA - 472

4. Eric Greco - Palmdale, CA - 458

5. Cody Nigh - Camarillo, CA - 436

6. A.J. Bender – San Diego, CA – 397

7. Aiden Lange - Lakewood, CA – 392

8. Jeff Dyer – Bermuda Dunes, CA – 365

8. Dalton Sexton - Lakeside, CA - 340

10. Dominic Del Monte – Gardena, CA – 326

2019 POWRi Lucas Oil California Lightning Sprint Car Series


March 16                   Bakersfield Speedway – Doug Nunes


March 23                   Ventura Raceway – Jarrett Kramer


April 6                         Barona Speedway – Doug Nunes


April 20                       Bakersfield Speedway – Bobby Michnowicz


May 4                         Ventura Raceway


May 18                       Barona Speedway


June 1                        Ventura Raceway


June 15                      Bakersfield Speedway


July 6                          Ventura Raceway


July 27                       Santa Maria Raceway


August 10                  Barona Speedway


August 24                  Ventura Raceway


September 7             Ventura Raceway


September 21           Bakersfield Speedway


October 5                  Ventura Raceway


October 26                Ventura Raceway


November 17            Bakersfield Speedway




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1999 Brent Sexton

2000 Greg Bragg

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This press release was produced by Scott Daloisio Sports (909) 226-7768 mailto:[email protected]



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