CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINT CARS
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Placentia, CA 92870
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For Immediate Release
LONGTIME VETERAN BOBBY MICHNOWICZ WINS BAKERSFIELD LIGHTNING SPRINT CAR MAIN!
(Placentia, CA, April 30, 2011) Bobby Michnowicz, the 1994 CRA Sprint Car champion, scored his first ever win in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series at the Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday night. Michnowicz drove the same car that his teenage son Kevin used to win the first two races of the season at Perris Auto Speedway.
Subbing for his son, it was the first time the elder Michnowicz ever sat in the car and it was his first win since 2009 when he won in the VRA Senior Sprint Car Series at Ventura.
After finishing second in his heat race, Michnowicz, who makes his home in Lomita, started the 20-lap main event on the outside of row two. Dan Lancaster and current point leader Tim Brown of Wildomar were in the row in front of Michnowicz while Placentia's Dan Hillberg, who won the series last race at Ventura, was to his inside.
By the time the checkered ended the race on the "Fastest 1/3 of a Mile High Banked Clay Oval in the West," the USAC 2006 California Ford Focus champion had his first win in the CLS. Brown came home second to Michnowicz with Hillberg taking third. Rising teenage stars Alexander Bissett of Hemet and Carlsbad's Jacob Will, finished fourth and fifth. Will was making his second start in the Seth Kramer owned #12 after blowing up his own car the last time the CLS was at Perris.
Saturday's heat race wins went to defending CLS champ Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley and Corona's Darren Hillberg.
Brown, who now has three second place finishes and a fourth in four 2011 starts, maintains a comfortable lead in the championship point standings. Hillberg is 62-point behind the leader with Bissett, Will and veteran Dale Gamer rounding out the top five after four races.
The CLS has two races in the month of May. On the 14th, it will be at the Santa Maria Speedway and on the 28th it will be the Annual Salute to Indy with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at Perris Auto Speedway.
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series would like to thank 2011 series sponsors Performance by Rosson Racing, DK Machine and Fabrication, Sander Engineering, Elliott's Powder Coating, Circle Track Performance, Hoosier Tires, Racing Optics, Electro Tech Powder Coating, Saldana Race Products, DJ Safety, Keizer Wheels and the Christian Stover Foundation. If you or your company would like to become part of the California Lightning Series for the 2011 season, please call Dan Hillberg at: (714) 719-0295
Bakersfield Main Event: 1. Bobby Michnowicz (Lomita)), 2. Tim Brown (Wildomar), 3. Dan Hillberg (Placentia), 4. Alexander Bissett (Hemet), 5. Jacob Will (Carlsbad), 6. Dale Gamer (Anaheim), 7. Stephen Limon (Corona), 8. Dan Lancaster, 9. Dawn Sparland (San Marcos), 10. Jarrett Kramer (Spring Valley), 11. Chris Watkins (Cypress), 12. Paul Krueger (Buena Park), 13. Gabby Robles (Nuevo), 14. Darren Hillberg (Corona)
2011 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Point Standings
1. Tim Brown - Wildomar - 673
1. Dan Hillberg - Placentia - 611
3 Alexander Bissett - Hemet - 577
4. Jacob Will - Carlsbad - 565
5. Dale Gamer - Anaheim - 522
6. Paul Krueger - Buena Park - 498
7. Stephen Limon - Corona - 481
8. Dan Lancaster - 474
9. Darren Hillberg - Corona - 470
10. Gabby Robles - Nuevo - 449
2011 California Lightning Sprint Car Series Schedule
March 12 - Perris Auto Speedway - Kevin Michnowicz
April 2nd - Perris Auto Speedway - Kevin Michnowicz
April 16th - Ventura Raceway - Dan Hillberg
April 30th - Bakersfield Speedway - Bobby Michnowicz
May 14th - Santa Maria Speedway
May 28th - Perris Auto Speedway
May 29th - Victorville Raceway Park (T)
July 2nd - Perris Auto Speedway
July 23rd - Bakersfield Speedway
July 30th - Perris Auto Speedway
August 20th - Perris Auto Speedway
August 27th - Santa Maria Speedway
September 24th - Bakersfield Speedway
October 15th - Ventura Raceway
October 29th - Victorville Raceway Park (T)
November 4th - Perris Auto Speedway
November 5th - Perris Auto Speedway
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 Ganson
2007 Shane Rosson
2008 Brent Sexton
2009 Stuart Hielcshier Sr.
2010 Jarrett Kramer
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